Last September, I began taking photos of the girls before their dance classes and it turned into a bit of a photography project for me. (You can see a collection of last year's photos here.) It also created a few ideas in my constantly churning mind. I really do think that at some point I'd like to try to branch out and do something more in the photography world, but I'm not sure exactly what. I have the time now to think and that's what I've been doing. Yeah, yeah. I've been thinking about it for a year now. The market here is over-saturated for typical family photographers. You have to be unique in order to compete with the photographer offering mini sessions for $40 (including digital files.) And so I continue to think and photograph my kids.
Fancy hair for dance company.
Ballerina down! The first week of school caught up to Baby Chick.
I'll be the first to admit that sometimes small things get under my skin. That happened this week. Nikon Asia (and Nikon in general) has been slammed online after choosing 32 male (that's zero female) ambassadors to represent the new Nikon D850 camera. My first reaction, unfortunately, was that this is not out of the norm. I live in a male dominated world. I worked (and fought) in a male dominated world. When I first began working for a public accounting firm through a cooperative education program when I was in college, we were told that women were not allowed to wear pants. This wasn't an unwritten rule whispered to you in the hallway either. Skirts and dresses were mandatory. Can you imagine being told that you couldn't wear pants to work in a public accounting firm today?? Times have changed for sure, but we still have a long way to go.
So while Nikon's crappy move didn't get under my skin, the reaction of certain female photographers did. Several photographers have written open letters to Nikon and while most were well written, a few, and one in particular, annoyed me for a few minutes. This photographer wants Nikon to know she's a professional photographer who supports her family with her professional photography. As such, she should not be included in the category of female photographers who are moms with cameras or momtogs. In addition, it was important for her to note that she's neither a hobbyist nor a photographer looking for extra mom spending money. Basically, she put down an entire crew of fellow female photographers. If we are to fight sexism, shouldn't females stick together? Also, so petty, but I don't enjoy feeling like a second class citizen in the photography world because I'm not a "professional." Am I not worthy of Nikon's latest and greatest because I may use it to make money to pay for my kids' ever increasing dance bills? Or because I'm simply a hobbyist?
Okay, moving on.
Jose hasn't been much of a storm here in Southeastern Massachusetts. Some wind gusts. Some rain. It's more of a marine storm with Cape Cod and the Islands feeling the worst of it. Beach erosion is expected, and there are some power outages on the Cape. We did have the most gorgeous sunset last night, created by Jose's swirling clouds.