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Pondering Change

I’m taking a bit of a Sunday editing reprieve to comment on something that I found yesterday online. I’ve been thinking about this blog posting in particular for quite some time, gathering my thoughts in how to present this, but after discovering Ground Glass | The Journal for Better Wedding Photography, I just knew I couldn’t wait any longer. So here it is.

I am embracing change for my business. It’s something that has been brewing since the summer and came to a head when Jonas Peterson published A Mason Jar Manifesto, which was grossly misunderstood by a number of people in the wedding industry. Rather than getting into what that was all about, you can read the posting for yourself and follow everything that happened afterwards….on wedding blogs, on other photographers blogs, on Facebook, on Twitter using the hashtag #inmymasonjars, and even on Jonas’ blog himself as he wrote a second commentary qualifying the first.

It broke the wedding industry open. It was really good dialogue in some cases. In others, not so much. But the point of the matter is is that he got a lot of us photographers and others involved in the wedding industry thinking about what is truly important. After this all came about, I moped around for days, analyzing my business, analyzing myself. Wanting so badly to rise above the “stuff” of weddings and truly focus on the couple and the people there celebrating them. And I believe that I do. But there is always room for improvement.

Last night while checking my Twitter feed, I came across a note stating “All Photographers should read this.” So I did. I was completely blown away and it was exactly what I needed to find. So I read more. And more. And even more. And the further I went with each posting on Ground Glass, I found my spirit feeling more elevated and connected to photography as an artform. The writer, Spencer Lum, hits all the right issues in all the right places and has spoken all the right words that I have been feeling since June. I just haven’t had the time to sit down and string some of those thought pieces into a cohesive form. So thank you, Spencer, from the bottom of my heart for helping me realize once again that photography isn’t about the “stuff” but about creating something that fulfills me as an artist and hopefully can move others into some sort of emotional place or create some sort of internal flutter.

I came out the other side feeling hopeful, insanely inspired and ready for action. I am still working through a lot of thoughts while I get through the last of this season’s edits ~ and am looking so incredibly forward to a luxurious 4 months off during the winter where I will get to recharge by spending more time with my son who is growing up so fast before my very eyes, my husband whom I have seen on occasion since May and focus on completing and rebuilding some aspects of my business. Some of those things include finishing my business plan, creating a resource binder for my business, a new blog, new albums, outsourcing some of my workflow, new pricing for 2013 weddings (2012 is nearly full) and setting limitations on how much I take on which I am already stepping towards by focusing only on weddings and couples. My goal is to work towards a tighter business that will be sustainable and hopefully carry me into the future as a full-time endeavor. I admit to it, I love change ~ not all change though. Sometimes it’s painful but necessary to grow.

As I sit here in my small corner office where DVDs are spread about my desk along with other various paraphernalia that help make my business go, I listen to Murmuration by the Nomad Soul Collective and can’t help but feel that good things will follow. I am so thankful to be here, right now.

I wanted to post this image today simply because it’s rather dreary out and I need me some colour. They are dahlias of all sorts from a homegrown garden in Yarrow. Just by the side of the road, donate some money in a bucket kind of flowers. I love this.

Happy Sunday.

  • andrea {tapestri}: I have to say that I agree with you almost 100%... and the part that doesn't is almost just on principle. I read the link and agree... I read some, not all of that June post and it got me on both sides of the fence. I LIKE mason jars :) But I hate that everyone jumped on the bandwagon, and it is time for a major upheaval. The thing about trends is that there is a big circle... the media does something, the followers of media follow, and if there are not truly free thinkers in the media then the media will actually follow to make sure that they keep their readers... SO... as the meat and potatoes of the media, you are in a great position to be a game changer for real. I think that the reason wedding "stuff" is being focused on is because it is still an industry. This isn't anything new, I have been in it for nearly two decades from planning, to dress design to organizing wedding shows to now starting up a blog and making wedding quilts, but the only reason I got back into the industry at all is actually BECAUSE of the mason jars. I love the idea that vintage, eco, handmade and the movement in general has replaced the generic "stuff" that people used to one up each other at weddings ten years ago. All of that stuff is what kept it an industry, and the fact that it is now handmade and re-used stuff still supports an industry, but IMO it is a better one to support. So there is both good and bad to that and your place in that is completely up to you. You need to follow what inspires YOU. I found the original manifesto and the rampage that followed to be kind of ridiculous only in the sense that instead of focusing on "being original" there seemed to be a focus only on "changing the trend" which won't help anyone. Except those making moolah off that trend. Either way, good for you. We all need a bit of renewal every so often :) (November 13, 2023 7:59 pm)
  • Justine Russo: I love this post so much. Thank you so much for being so honest, so real and so open! Thanks for sharing! :) (November 14, 2023 10:17 pm)
  • anna: i agree with you rose, but i feel conflicted. on one hand our wedding had a bushel of details...and we so loved being surrounded by that on the wedding day. however now, as we look through the photos, our favorite ones are of just people, not a 'detail' in sight.... (November 15, 2023 9:11 am)