I hadn't realized until today that it's been over 6 months since I updated this blog. After an eventful summer, it was time to pack up at our country house and head back into the city. A lot changed, and I stepped away from my photography for a couple of months while we adjusted to being back in the Portland metro area.
On September 22nd, I had my last shoot with in my in-home studio. 30 days later, we loaded all of my gear and all of our things into a U-Haul and headed back into civilization. Living so far away from town for so long was an amazing healing experience. Having access to our studio and beautiful outdoor setting helped me jump start my photography business. But I knew that other opportunities would be available to me if we lived closer to Portland, so we moved back to Hillsboro. It was, and still is, an adjustment.
With the move came a need for me to find a job closer to home, and the same week that we started renovating our new home, I was offered a new day job. We worked for two and a half weeks to get the house ready. We adopted two orphaned kittens, and I spent a lot of time adjusting to the rhythm of a new office.
By the time I got around to scheduling shoots again, the holidays were right around the corner. I decided to take an extended break after Thanksgiving to refocus my energy inward for a while; to focus on my family, my stress & anxiety levels and chart a course for the next year. My last surprise for the year was finding out that my work had been selected for a 2020 calendar featuring Portland designers & models.
At the beginning of 2019, I didn't have a lot of specific goals for myself. I wanted to work as a photographer as much as I could. I am happy to say that in the span of about a year, I've been published twice, worked with 10 local designers, and met countless new collaborators and friends along the way. I knew that we would eventually have to leave our forest castle, and now that the move is behind us, I feel ready to conquer the new challenges and opportunities in Portland. When I think about what I'd like to accomplish this year, I think about shooting another fashion show, working with a local band on their album art and a music video, collaborating with more local models and expanding my skillset by attending a few classes and workshops.
My schedule is booked for January and February. I have a couple of epic, biblical themed shoots in the works already but I am open to new collaborations and am now booking shoots for March & April. This year is going to be bigger and better. I was amazed by what I accomplished since I decided to pick up the camera again. If you like spooky scenes, gothic aesthetic or witchy vibes, DM me and let's go make magic. Life is too short to not create epic art with epic people. Live deliciously, folks. Happy 2020!