" ladies first "

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when someone is kind enough to sit for you, one of the very first things you must remember to do is thank them. it's so simple and easy to extend. you must remember that you are choosing a profession (or dedicated hobby) which demands that you respect your subjects, whether they be people, or nature, or the streets, or animals. a healthy ever-present sign of thanks and respect will carry a lot of positive weight.

i feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to approach and photograph so many interesting people. in each session, whether split-second streetography or longer dedicated shoot, i have been blessed to have had the access to learn about what makes people so curious and magnetic.

when someone invites you into their world, you must care for them as much as if they were your beloved family. we're here for so brief of a time, that there is no need to waste any precious moment. it's not enough to merely be good at your craft, you must strive to be exceptional, and then extend your hard work ethic beyond being merely great.

it does your subjects no justice to half-ass anything. the mood can be light and fun, but the craft, the skills, and your demeanor must always have the skeletal structure of professionalism and focus.

so remember to ask people to sit for you, thank them and be a pro. these are the moments which will make each day infinitely better and better. and on and on.

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" break down to build up "

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there's so much, there's so much. how to make it all organized and manageable, and is that even the point? can we exist amidst the tiny chaos of everyday?

films, pop culture, sickness, food trends, local news, international news, friends, family, cleanliness, arts & mixed media, attending musical events, learning how to dance, people-watching, karaoke, bike rides, dating, clothing choices, toothpaste with or without tartar control, airplane travel versus train travel, it's so much, and endless.

it's enough to know it all exists, and to recognize that it all exists, there is a great relief off the shoulders. there is no rush to have to understand it all. it's going to be there if you want it to or not. stop writing, shower, go to sleep.wake up tomorrow and give it your best go of it.

tonight's homework:

it's alright to be overwhelmed. we're basically on the craziest spaceship ever right now. take a rest, regroup, and i'll see you tomorrow.

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 and if i meet you just once in my life, just once, 
 i will make sure to be kind. and open. and willing to something unexpected. 
 adventuring? prolly. 
 sleuthing and mystery? i mean, why not? 
 a walk, a swim, a museum look-see, a meal, a film festival, an ice skate session, a bike ride to destinations unknown, cooking class, sweets-crawl, a short sprint through a meadow, climb a mountain, drive fast, spinning in place until falling down, laughing, holding hands, staring contest, naps in the park…so many options. 
 so many opportunities. 
 and the odds are we may never meet. but i hope we do, and i hope you’re ready for some weird conversation ending with hugs or browsing at a bookstore and everything in between and sideways. 
 it’s a strange place out there, and i think this year, it’ll draw you near. 
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and if i meet you just once in my life, just once,

i will make sure to be kind. and open. and willing to something unexpected.

adventuring? prolly.

sleuthing and mystery? i mean, why not?

a walk, a swim, a museum look-see, a meal, a film festival, an ice skate session, a bike ride to destinations unknown, cooking class, sweets-crawl, a short sprint through a meadow, climb a mountain, drive fast, spinning in place until falling down, laughing, holding hands, staring contest, naps in the park…so many options.

so many opportunities.

and the odds are we may never meet. but i hope we do, and i hope you’re ready for some weird conversation ending with hugs or browsing at a bookstore and everything in between and sideways.

it’s a strange place out there, and i think this year, it’ll draw you near.

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