Life is a journey. We each take different paths for our journey. Recently I decided to make a big change in my life. I changed my diet. I found a company here in Utah that prepares healthy meals. I no longer have to worry about cooking and cleaning or living off of fast food, woo hoo! So far I have lost 20 lbs and I have a goal to lose another 40 pounds.
To celebrate this small milestone I arranged a photo shoot with my friend Pamela. I have also been on a bit of a shopping spree for an updated wardrobe and some tailored shirts and even some bow ties because “bow ties are cool.” For these photographs the Photoshop was limited to compositing. I would take my photo from the portrait session and add them to some stock photos or some background photos that I had created. In some ways the locations are some bucket lists of places I want to go photograph such as New York and Europe.
This also gave me to chance to practice a variety of Photoshop techniques including different masking, color toning, grain, and compositing. There are an infinite number of ways to accomplish things in Photoshop and I might as well try them all. Being stuck in a rut creativity can be a result of doing the same thing over and over again.
Sometimes locations are once in a lifetime locations. Or they are infrequent and you never know if you will have the chance to use a location in the future. I did some work in a warehouse and at the Grand America hotel. Both locations are pretty restricted for photography. So I grabbed a few extra photos of the location for the specific use in Photoshop composites. Slowly I have been able to build my library of backgrounds.
Why wait for a photo shoot. For too many people, myself included, we hold off on a photo shoot because we want to lose weight before we are seen in front of a camera. We may never have the chance to lose weight. And in 10 years we might wish we were at our current body weight. 10 years ago I though I was fat when I weight 200 lbs. Right now I weigh 218 and I WISH I weighed 200. So be sure to get photographed often. I will definitely be getting another photo shoot when I reach my goal of 180 lbs. So change your journey if you are on the wrong track. You can find your way to achieve your goals.
And be sure to review your goals regularly. Update your bucket lists ad break down your goals so you know you are making progress. I know my plan to lose weight. I am also saving up some dinero so I can go photograph New York, San Francisco, Europe, and some other cities of note. Woo hoo.
And of course I have to goal to keep on blogging. We’ll see how I do.