Of course, by "today" I am referring to yesterday, or maybe a few days before that. And by "amateur" I am using my own definitions which are definitely not widely accepted. And by "officially" I don't mean anything because I really just through that in there to make me feel better about myself. By "I", I mean me, obviously.
So what am I talking about? Photography. I had my first paid gig on Friday. I can no longer say that I have never made a penny off of photography. I still will only accept tips, but apparently someone liked my work enough they thought I was worthy of some compensation. So, I am officially and amateur photographer. For the record, by my definitions, if I ever made a living off of my photography then I would be a professional photographer.
It has been a year and a half since my last post (I got better, by the way). I have moved over to facebook and completely forgotten pleonast. I just jumped on because I had forgotten a link (to one of my own websites... how sad is that?). Are people still using pleonast these days, or has everyone made the jump?
Not all things go according to plan. My brother got married... that was planned and good. However, after the wedding my parents, by sister and her family, Bonnie and I were all going to head down to Padre Island for some camping. Unfortunately, vows were not all that were given on Saturday, there was also a nasty virus (flu?). My brother's bride was sick, her brother and sister-in-law (who were also the photographers) and mother all were sick as well.
Bonnie and my dad woke up sick Sunday morning. My parents decided to head down to Padre Island anyway. I decided to head home. Sleeping in a tent with the flu did not sound fun to me. We made it to Kansas Sunday night, and I got sick during the night. So, Bonnie and I limped home today. Neither of us feels good, but we are happy to be home.
I just wish we had been able to go to Padre Island with the family!
I am currently in Texas. I have been blessed to see my friends Josh Buckman, Scott Eversole and Renee Buckman (who is Bonnie's cousin).
I would share more, but I have a wedding to prepare for.
I wanted to share with you some of the things I am involved with this year:
Book of the month club - No, not things like Pride and Prejudice (that's Bonnie's department). Instead of doing a Bible in a year program, I started a Bible book of the month group. We focus on one book (or a few small books) and read that book as often as we can for a month. In addition, we get together for a casual discussion (sharing things we observed and questions we had) twice a month (we meet on the second and last Tuesday night). With read the Bible through in a year, the goal is to have read something. However, with this plan the goal is to know something. We had our first meeting last night and I thought it went wonderfully. It was great sitting in a room full of Christians who just wanted to talk about something they had been reading and thinking about from the Bible. This month we are reading First, Second and Third John. That is 7 chapters to focus on for 31 days. I highly recommend that you try this where you are at.
Photoclub - I love taking pictures, so I thought I would join with others who enjoy picture taking or want to learn more about it. We are getting together one Saturday a month to go some fun place and take pictures. Our first photo-outing is this Saturday.
Last year I tried to take one picture a day. That went great, but after my trip to Turkey and Greece (where I took 6,000 pictures), I was tired of my camera so I quit. This year I am going to make it a little more simple, and just shoot for 7 pictures a week (that way I don't have to set up everyday).
And that, is what I am doing differently this year.