Most of the time I enjoy looking back on my year. However, this year I slacked, a lot, and I have to make some changes. I just didn’t get out as much as I normally do. Even during camping season it seemed it was always interrupted with something I “had” to do. I wasn’t as intentional as I had been the past few years. I didn’t create good content for my Facebook page and actually neglected it. I had something happen that set me off into the “not good enough” thought process, which in turn caused me to purge a lot of unneeded stress in my social media life. But I would go out and take photos and think, “these are not good, what am I doing trying to create good photos when I can’t do it?” I really had to shake that mindset; I am my own worst critic.
Life was disrupted with a move in the middle part of the year and it was during a very stressful time. I’m still trying to adjust. Then, in September we were hit by one of the largest hurricane’s in recent history. Irma totally upset my world, but I came out a whole lot better than many of my friends did and I can tell you I am most grateful for that blessing. Yet, the stress was still there and even guilt that so many lost so much and I didn’t. I can’t explain why it was that way, but it was; again I am so grateful to not have had any damage.
Sometimes life gives you those old lemons and it’s not always easy to make the lemonade. In fact, I have thrown a lot of lemons away because I just could not bring myself to make them work. Ever feel like that?
I’m looking forward to a clean start with 2018, I won’t make promises I can’t keep, but I will put a lot more effort into making it an incredible year personally and professionally.
Here’s a look back on what I did accomplish photographically:
A cute Super Hero
Four homes down from me.
Rod Stewart & Cyndi Lauper
Stars on Ice
The Late Chris Cornell, two weeks prior to his death
A wedding profile
A few years ago I had the opportunity to see Sir Rod Stewart in concert, I purchased a really good ticket and was excited to drive to the east coast to see him. A couple of days prior to the concert I had gotten the flu and was terribly ill, however I was hoping to feel better and attend the concert in Sunrise. Day of the concert get’s here and I am still not feeling 100%, but I kept thinking by the time I need to leave I will feel better. NOPE, the time came to leave and I tried to go, but it wasn’t going to happen. I was really bummed and I kept the ticket to remind myself how close I got.
Rod Stewart was returning in concert again, and I decided this time to put in for credentials to photograph him along with Cyndi Lauper. As the time approached I had not received word so I had given up and made other plans for the day. An email came at 10:59pm on Friday night, but I didn’t open my email until mid morning Saturday, I was ecstatic to learn that I had been approved to photograph he and Cyndi Lauper at Amalie Arena in Tampa Florida and quickly printed out the parking pass and the release form, got my gear together and headed out the door.
Cyndi Lauper came out strong and was incredible. Rod came on stage with the flair he’s known for, he was a bucket list artist for me and what an honor to photograph him, he was fabulous! The extra treat was a last minute change in number of songs I could shoot, as they added a song with he and Cyndi singing together!
What a great experience in a place I had never photographed before. And even though I have been doing this sort of photography for quite some time, I did learn a few things; bring your ID, they need it for you to get through security, I didn’t have it on me, but they let me in anyway, and bring a small step stool, I actually have one, but it’s heavy and I have already looked at some online which I will be purchasing soon, it will come in handy.
I think this concert was what I needed to relieve me of the funk and writer’s block I have been having. Please enjoy….until next time from the pit.
Rod Stewart & Cyndi Lauper