Friday, December 30, 2011

100 Person Portfolio

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I know that this quote has been circling blogs for months now and I know that I'm not exactly a new photographer but, honestly, these words never get old for me. Working with and being in love with a creative field is such an uphill battle and, on days where I feel really discouraged (don't we all have those days?), I love reading these words:

"Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is a gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it's just not that good. It's trying to be good, it has potential, but it's not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn't have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it's normal and the most important thing you can do is a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I've ever met. It's gonna take awhile. It's normal to take awhile. You've just gotta fight your way through."
- Ira Glass

Anyway, something I've realized about myself is that if I say that I'm going to do this or that or a little bit of this and don't set a deadline, I don't really do it. I start to do it, but then things fizzle or get pushed out of the way. Which is why, this year, my two big New Years Resolutions are pretty easy to define. My first one is to read every Newberry Winner (more on that later) and my second one is to collect a 100 Person Portfolio for the year 2012. I've thought a lot about this the last few weeks and I am super excited. I love my current non-profit project (Women Who Love- yes it still exists and yes I'm really behind posting) and I can't wait to get to start on another one.

I'm not sure whether I'll be posting all of my portraits on this blog as well as my photo blog, but I do know this: I'll be photographing people close to me, strangers, and even some clients for this project and I'm really, really excited to see how different all these photographs will be.

P.S. I updated the post below, but almost exactly twenty-four hours after entering a hospital, Maxwell was released tonight. Hooray! Love that little boy. So glad his hospital stay is over