So far there has been no update on this whole back problem. I am doing physical therapy multiple times a week. I have an upcoming nerve induction, which I am not looking forward to. Hopefully we will find out what is going on with the nerves back there. All of this is rather frustrating, I really want to be able to shoot and not have insane pain or be laid up in bed the entire next day. Other than that there has been no new updates for my back and not being able to go out and shoot.
Coming out of June with all of the photo a day challenges. Sadly I did not get to partake in those challenges. I so wish that I was able to partake in them. The back issue that I am having, I would not wish on any photographer. I want to be able to hold my camera again, I want to be able to shoot and make props again. My equipment is sitting here and getting super lonely, it may hit a depression state here soon. Lets hope I can suck it up and manage to use it for a quick product shoot here soon.
So during the month of June I started vaping pretty much full time. Every once in a while I will smoke a cigarette, there is something about that five minutes of pure chemicals that can be relaxing. Thankfully it is not often and it is amazing when I do not smoke, I just need to stop having those moments of weakness.
We got a new swimming pool in June as well, Mr. M is in total love with it. We are in the pool every day as long as it is not raining and storming. Some days we are in upwards to four hours. How amazing is that he is Autistic and learning to swim. It has been a long time coming. In two days of swimming he can swim under the water. It melts my heart that he can do that, I am so proud of him. So much I cannot express. The water feels amazing to me as well, I am weightless and my back is not hurting as much. Floating is totally amazing.
Everything is pretty much going amazing and home life is getting back to simplicity. We have been looking into homesteading and becoming self sufficient. We are slowly getting there. I can say that it is rather amazing. I wish that this year we would have been able to start our garden and using that to supplement a lot of our food, but next year that will happen. We already have eliminated a lot of paper waste by switching to family cloth, reusable menstrual pads and tampons. We have cloth napkins now as well. I have no idea what is next for us on moving to the self sustaining life.
So here lately I have not been able to really shoot. For a while now, I have been having some major back problems. The problems have been going on for about two years, just last year they started getting a lot worse. I went through tons of X-rays, and MRIs. I went through a couple of different doctors, physical therapists and then finally back specialists,and backs surgeons. They came to the conclusions that I have Degenerative Disc Disease also known as DDD. IT IS HELL!!!!!!! The interesting thing that has been said is that the discs will fix themselves. From everything that I have read is that it will never go away, it will just get worse. Also apparently I am a little young to have these issues happening.
Now the different back doctors, they have said that surgery will just make it worse in the long run. I do not know how much worse can it be? Well those lovely doctors have me on a couple different medications in hopes of them working and that be that.
I am already ready for it to be over. I do not care how, but I am done.
Q. What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
When it comes to things that I wish I knew when I started photography I would have to say almost everything. Diving into the world of photography is a huge challenge. If I had to narrow it down to one single thing, it would be different DIY tips that work just as good as the actual product, if not better. I use my DIY stuff more often than not.
Q. Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
This is one of the biggest questions ever. I have so many favorites. If I had to give an actual list that would be easier. However one of my favorite works made me fall in love with light painting. I ended up teaching myself how to light paint and for the most part mastered it. This image is music escaping.
Q. When you go in one of your travels, what all you take with you? Why?
Traveling, oh this is a good one. I have been dying to cover this question in a blog. When it comes to my bag, the things that are always in it would be my camera body, three lenses, two hoods, and two batteries. Depending on what I go to shoot would help me define the extras. Another thing that I do not leave with is my smartphone.
I have learned that in the winter to make sure I have gloves in my bag, in the summer a bottle of water and bug spray.
Q. Whose work has influenced you most?
People that have influenced me would be:
- Philippe Halsman
- Abeldro Morell
- Sue Bryce
- Steve Bronstein
- Meg Bittion
All of these photographers have strived for more and have achieved it, when it comes to their work it is so different from each other, but they have each mastered their craft. Different aspects of their work have influenced me in mine, down from ideas to post production.
Q. Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
I have learned that it is hard to choose a favorite image when it comes to my work. If I have them printed or shared or blogged, the images are my favorite. If I have to choose my absolute favorite comes down to a light painting with headphones and an iPod that I have done. In doing this image, I learned how to light paint, create art with light painting, and my undying passion for light painting. This work has opened a whole new world for me.
Q. What are your career goals for Photography?
My goals are to have my own business, selling stock images, and have my work in a magazine. Since I am a commercial/advertisement photographer, I feel that my career goals are reasonable.
Q. What are top 3 knowledge/top 3 skills for Photographer position?A photographer must know virtually all skills when it comes to photography. The top skills that I would have to say would be the camera, the light, and post processing.
Q. What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Explain your work flow.
Post processing is on the top of the list when it comes to shooting, if not more. When it comes to post processing I mainly use Lightroom. Depending on the work I will go and work in Photoshop. My workflow:
- Export images from memory card onto my external drive.
- Import images from my external to Lightroom then keyword.
- Cull through the images getting rid of the definite not, then another go through again.
- After a couple rounds of getting rid of images, I pick to top images.
- I then start editing the top images in Lightroom, if something needs more work than light room I take it to Photoshop.
- Finally when all editing is done I take to Photoshop to watermark and resize the image for the internet.