I am a jewelry designer with a love of all things beautiful. I am drawn to modern handcrafted lovelies. You will see them all as I discover them here on my blog. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fancy New Camera *la-ti-da* and a healthy dose of honesty

(a tad bit menacing, yes?)

Ready for a good dose of honesty? I LOVE making jewelry and for a long time it was a hobby. No, not hobby, a passion. A creative expression that helped me escape the mundane. And I was more than thrilled when I took the leap from "unfulfilled corporate job girl with a passionate hobby" to "totally fulfilled passionate hobby business owner". As time has gone on my thrill of doing what I love has become a bit of a responsibility. It is true of anything you make your living from. There is a responsibility to have a certain amount of sales and that responsibility is also pressure. That pressure can put a zap on my creativity.

I have mentioned recently how much I enjoy the articles on Modish biztips. In this article, Jena said something that really made sense to me.
"You need to make sure you have a creative outlet that stays purely that: a creative outlet. You need to find a way for you to release, to have fun, to feel free, to escape time without any pressure whatsoever of having to figure out how to make money off of it."

It seems so obvious yet I have ignored that part of myself for a while now. And with all that said.....ta-da! my fancy new camera. I've been saving for over a year to invest in a good camera. It all came together at the right time. In the two days I've had this camera so much inspiration has flowed my way. I am making a serious effort to go for at least a 1/2 hour walk everyday and take pictures. Here are my first experiments.

In case you're wondering I got the Nikon D80. I'm very happy with it, even though it's one step below Ashton's D90:)

Then, of course, here is my biggest inspiration:) I can't take credit for the outfit. He dresses himself now.


Unknown said...

Jealous! I need to follow suit and upgrade my camera. Adorable little guy!!

Amanda Coburn said...

Good for you! Your work is beautiful- you deserve it! I especially love that yellow 3 stone ring! And I love your blog giveaway! I hope you won't mind if I do one on my blog? :)


Rebecca Street said...

Beautiful pictures. Congratulations on your new camera. Mine has definitely inspired me!

Karen Gill said...

Pretty flower pics! But I'm partial to little boys! (miss my grands) He's pretty cute alright!

carollai said...

thanks for sharing. i agree... i've only been a 'seller' for abt 3 months and i'm already feeling the burden of responsbility. photography and other creative outlets have definitely been helpful.

simply*U* said...

wonderful photos! I wish spring would land on this side of earth too!! And HE has VERY good taste for a little guy..

Ngan {eNVe Designs} said...

Congrats on your shiny new camera!! How exciting! And great idea about the daily walk! Can't wait to see more pictures. Btw, your son is adorable! :)

Joanie Hoffman said...

You *and* your son are cute!
I like your yellow flowers.
have fun,

kendall.micayla said...

I have been saving up for a new camera with a waaayyy better focus and more options, but I think my money grows legs and walks away while I am sleeping... someday I will have a better camera. :) I am happy that you got a new one, you must be taking pictures every minute you are awake! Very exciting!
I love your picture, I like your hair-its really cute!
I understand what you are saying about your jewelry making-I find taking pictures helps me a ton... though I dont have a business yet. (But hopefully I will very soon!)

Stephanie said...

Oh I hear you girl! Work that camera and have some fun :)


Regina Moore said...

Congrats on your new camera...stunning pics!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the new camera! I bought the D60 last year, and i love it :) Glad you found a new way to be creative! See you next month.