Ahh January, ahh February... how can I say this and not offend you? You’re hard to love. Your darkness, your bitter cold and your dreary landscape are tough on a girl like me who's happiest on a warm sunny day. You were especially brutal this year for us Montrealers with your deep freeze that seemed to go on and on (and on!). Making matters worse, you always come in the off-season for my photography business, and I don’t even get to bury myself in client work to help forget about you. Thankfully, over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks to help combat the winter blues, and a lot of them involve diving into new projects. Last year in January, I undertook the important task of creating my photography website + blog. This year, I decided to spend the cold season learning how to properly use my macro lens.
Voici un peu des fruits de mon travail. Let's begin with the fruit, shall we?
To say I loved this class is an understatement; I definitely produced some of my favorite non-portrait images to date. To be honest though, it was not all butterflies and tulips (not in my head at least). During this class, I suffered from the fear of failure, something that plagues many artists. When shooting for the weekly assignments, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to come up with new work that was any good. I feared starting from scratch every. single. time. What if I couldn’t surpass the standard I’d already set with the practice photos I’d taken during the week? What if my new photos sucked?
Those fears were stronger than ever when I had to shoot for my final assignment. I forced myself to pick up my camera despite the feeling that my best images of the week were already behind me.
So there I found myself, the day before my assignment was due, roasting + arranging beets, styling my shots and pushing away the fear in my head. I picked up my camera and tried my best to get something decent. In the end it all worked out and I love the resulting photograph. I’m so glad I didn’t give in to my fears, and if these beets could talk, I think they'd agree.