Well, my book reading is off to a great start. I finished “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” and have to say, it was a GREAT, easy and thrilling read.
As I browse through my list of other things to do this year I came upon, “Read ‘The Art Spirit’”. It was actually a book introduced to me by my art teacher back in high school… that I have to admit was 20 years ago 😮 oh how time flies!
I remember being assigned to read certain passages or sections of the book and always felt inspired. But it was high school and I had a seven class work load, so I didn’t often read for pleasure.
The book has been sitting on my bookshelf, untouched, since then!
I often see if and try to remind myself to read it. Many times I think, that book could build some inspiration to be more artistic on a regular basis. Maybe it is just what I need to inspire myself, artistically.
Starting a new year is always like starting a new journey. This is the 4th year I am attempting to do 365 new or fun things. I have a list compiled and will strive each day to check something off. I have yet to do a complete year but whenever I look back I am always grateful for the things I did force or push myself to do.
About 7 years ago I challenged myself to take a photograph everyday. I am challenging myself to that again this year. So my first check mark for the year on my 365 things is to start and push myself everyday to photograph.
I went down to the capital building this morning, one of my favorite structures and things to photograph in Denver and snapped some shots.
You can follow my photo journey on Instagram or Facebook @megantutinphotography !
Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and wonderful 2021.
About a month ago I decided I wanted to start my own company. It has been a process that has been in my mind for over a decade. Over the past ten years I have had jobs but always tried to keep my photography and graphic design going. Recently I have put myself out there more for graphic jobs and have snagged a few. I need these cards to push that forward. People ask me often about services and I always write my name and number down… always seemed unprofessional.
So I made these today (super simple design from VistaPrint) and ordered them!
I should have them in hand by the beginning of February. I cannot wait to start passing them out and hopefully drum up more business. Eventually, I will make my design but just wanted to keep it simple for now.
I do not even know if I talked about it often in this blog but I have a BFA in Photography. It has been far too long since I did a photo project or really focused on photography. A few years ago I did a 365 day project and have always wanted to try to get back into that.
So today I start a new photo project, this time with a twist.
I found this app called Mission: Pic. It gives you a theme or really just a word everyday to post a picture about or pertaining to that word.
I’m excited for this project because it is not just shooting to shoot. There is more to it. It gives you something to look for in your daily life.
I think sometimes I will post photos that I might have taken in the past, like today. The word was shiny. This is my photo:
Other days I will search out and post new photos. Hoping I can keep this project going for 365 days!
On other notes:
1. I am doing well on not using credit cards.
2. I woke up on time today and took the dogs to the dog park again.
A resolution I have for the entire year this year is to really get my photography business back up and running.
It is often the highest point of procrastination in my life. I got my degree and then fell back into bartending to make money. Following getting my degree I moved to Key West, where I did some photography but not a lot.
I moved to Denver to get back into it but ended up working 20 hours a week in a gallery and 40 hours a week at a bar, so it again fell by the wayside. I quit the gallery to have more time to concentrate on my photography but then I started my master’s… I just realized I am rambling and rambling and just making excuses. The story goes on, I finished my master’s, started a gallery, closed the gallery but started doing social media management… etc. etc. etc. etc.
All in all, it just seems my photography is always pushed aside for other things and this year I have resolved to try and REALLY get back into it. So a few things on my list try and make that possible.
I already updated my resume. Now I am making a logo for my business. Other things I have coming up are hikes or trips where I will have the chance to take photos. Others are actually tasks to create. While others are tasks to show work in galleries or enter contests or create an Etsy page. By completing all these tasks I hope by the end of the year I will have gotten back into doing photography and maybe making some money at it.
So today I made this logo. I am not sure how I feel about it. My photography is not exclusively black and white, so I am not sure if this makes it seem like it is. Is it too simple? Too crowded?
Either way, it is a starting point from which I hope to have a final product soon. I have a copy of it out to some friends who also do design and photography work, so hopefully they will have some tips for me. But if any of you out there have some I gladly welcome them!