Category Archives: Personal

Being a Creative Person: Ira Glass on starting the creative journey.

I came across this video on a photographers blog (thank you to The Youngrens) and thought it was worth sharing.  It’s Ira Glass, from This American Life, talking about what it’s like starting out in a creative field.  How you have really great ideas and taste, but then what you are creating might not be living up to that standard, and how it’s OKAY.  He explains how all creatives go through this.  When I look back at the work Drew & I created in our first years in college (I have a BA in art education & Drew has a BA in photography) I think it is not that great and not very well done, but we had the vision of what we wanted to create but what we were actually creating wasn’t living up to it.  Ira Glass is letting you know that it’s okay and normal to not create great work at the beginning.  You need to stick with it and keep working through it to get to the good stuff.  The only thing that is going to improve your creative work is doing more creative work.  The more you do, the better you’ll get.

 

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

 

Take a minute to watch the video and I hope it helps inspire you to keep working on your creative work and don’t give up.

-Amanda

Ice Cream Season | Personal

Everyone who knows me knows I LOVE ice cream!  Drew not so much, so anytime he suggests we get ice cream I am game.  This past Sunday after we shot an engagement session he said he’d go get us ice cream while I went to pick Prue up at my parent’s house.  Prue was napping when he brought the ice cream home, she was super excited to enjoy her ice cream while hanging out in our back yard.  I didn’t get to stay around, I was heading up to the fundraiser that Backstage Spa & Salon was having for my friend Danielle (more on that later).  I just love these portraits Drew captured of Prue.

Life with a 2 year old | Personal

I was answering a few emails in our office downstairs, for those of you who have been to our home you know the living room is not far away.  I can easily keep an eye on Prue and answer a few messages (or check in on facebook!).  It was really quiet and I should have known that Prue was up to something.  Usually she is running around the house and constantly coming into the office to ask me for “something” or to show me what she is doing.  I finally realized that it was extra quiet so I went out to check on her….this is what I found.

That is toothpaste that she has on her, not lotion, not flour TOOTHPASTE!  She for some reason thought it would be a good idea to use the toothpaste as lotion.  I didn’t know what to say to her so I walked away and got the camera.  That seemed like a good idea.  She just sat on the couch and didn’t say anything to me.  If you look closely at the detail shot you can see the tub of toothpaste tucked next to her leg.  The pillow was completely covered with toothpaste (as was Prue!).  I love how her little legs are crossed and she is just sitting there as if to say “it’s no big deal mom”.  After snapping a few photos it was off to the tub, toothpaste isn’t as easy to clean as I had hoped so she got a full on bath.