H I G H S //
During the summer, because work is a little slower, I have more time to dream up personal projects. I’m really excited about a project I’m working on with my friend Cally, who is a talented graphic designer. I also have had more time to travel + get inspired by beautiful places. Another highlight this summer is that I was asked to take on the lead volunteer role on our photography team on Story Team at my church. To say I am incredibly humbled + honored by this opportunity would be an understatement. I will get the opportunity to do a bit of teaching and also community building this fall. Lastly, I got the chance to do a shoot for a book cover in June! I have never done anything like that before and I was so honored to be asked to be a part of it. I am so thrilled to try something new and to see my photo on the cover of a novel.
L O W S //
As much as I enjoy the slower seasons and having time to regroup, it also brings about some worries and insecurities. As a self employed person, when things slow down, I definitely get worried about when the next check in going to come in. I also deal with comparison and seeing other creatives/ photographers doing cool things - I have to fight daily the lies that I am not doing enough for my business. I have been feeling down about instagram lately. I feel like I can’t keep up with all of the algorithm changes and it seems like less people are seeing my posts. All of these things have caused me to not be as inspired/ motivated to post on my feed.
S L O W S E A S O N //
Here are a couple things I’ve been trying to work on during this slower season:
Investing in my business - I had a phone call with Amy Cooper, who is a photographer consultant that has so much knowledge in the industry. She helped me to hone in on some new ideas for KJP and also helped to encourage me.
I have spent time looking at creative things to get inspired, dreaming up personal projects, thinking about travel plans
Going to coffee meetings with old + new creative friends - it is so helpful for me to chat with people in the creative industry whether its chatting about what we love/ are inspired by or venting about things that frustrate us.
Researching new information about licensing/ rights purchasing of photos and learning more about business in general. Reach out to people in your creative field to chat about these things - it’s truly been so helpful!
I have been working on structuring my days which includes starting with a morning routine (reading + journaling, walking Charlie, stretching) and then allowing time for emails + social media for a set amount of time. On the days that I don’t have shoots or editing to do, it’s important for me to stay organized so I can be productive.
Lake Eklutna // It was absolutely stunning. The lake and mountains are so overwhelmingly large, it almost looks like a painting. We went kayaking and were informed that if we fell in, the water was so cold that it could kill us.
Mt. Baldy // We hiked to the top of Mt. Baldy at 11pm. There was a trail, but somehow we ended up off of it and managed to hike up an incredibly steep incline. The views were totally worth it!
Alaska Botanical Garden // My friend Paige works here, so I got to wander around and look at the beautiful plants. We also took some product shots here.
Symphony Lake // We hiked 11 miles (round trip) to an incredible view of two lakes that are side by side. One is filled with glacial water and the other is filled with spring water, so they are two different colors.
The past few trips I have been on, I have reached out to brands about shooting product while I travel. It has been a fun and practical way for me to make money while on ‘vacation’. Because I shoot a ton when I travel anyway, it made sense for me to incorporate some work in the mix. I am super thankful to work with brands who trust me to travel with + photograph their product in a really raw and organic way. Recently, I have worked with Koolaburra and Equal Uprise (two hats, a purse, and two pairs of boots). It is definitely a goal of mine to continue working with clients that fit the aesthetic of the place that I’m traveling.
In my travel camera bag: Canon 5d Mark iii, 50mm Sigma Art lens, Leica Q (fixed 28mm lens)
I N S P I R I N G T H I N G S //
@sharonradisch - her fashion photography is absolutely stunning + I love her styling.
@mija_mija - she has beautifully simple style and her use of harsh lighting in her fashion photos is so beautiful.
@shortstache - his travel + portrait photography are some of the best I’ve ever seen. Every place he posts about makes me want to travel there immediately.
@gerard_moral - i love the way he curates his photos and also, the coloring/ editing of his photos is beautiful. He curates a wonderful combination of portraits and travel photos that makes me want to be transported into his photos.