Time to make Lemonade!

Sigh.  Yep, this entry starts with a sigh.  It happened.  One of the worst things that could happen to a photographer happened.  My hard drive crashed.  Oodles and oodles of pictures that I hadn’t gotten around to backing up… gone.  I’m not going lie, there were some sad little moments that involved tears, the many stages of grief, and definitely copious amounts of candy to help me through this sad, sad time in my life.  However, things started to look up when I realized I have some IT-savy friends who took pity on me and helped me save my beloved memories.  To say recovering “lost” files is a long process would be a great understatement.  While not all files made it, I believe most were saved.  While I’m happy that I got my files back, I’m also kind of happy this whole scary ordeal happened.  (I mean, everything is a life lesson if we allow it to be, right?)  I learned quite a few things from almost losing my work:

Back up regularly.

I know.  This is the biggest no-brainer of all time.  However, it’s so easy to get lazy and think things will be fine until “next time.”  I’m not great with “next time.”

Candy saves lives.

Seriously, candy just makes me happy.  Sugary candy.  Not that chocolate stuff.  My teeth (and dentist) probably hate me, but my inner seven-year-old is the happiest camper when that sweet, sweet sugary goodness is in my system.  No judging.  (This also may not have been a lesson, per se.)

Don’t panic.

Okay, maaaaybe I panicked a little bit initially.  However, things turned out okay in the end.  All that time wasted worrying and chastising myself for not backing up my work (albeit warranted) was time I could have spent playing with my dog, or napping, or candy-eating.

Remembering the past.

One of the coolest things that happened because of this whole ordeal was having to re-organize my photos.  The process in and of itself is in no way fun (at all), but it’s so much fun looking over old shoots and remembering details of the day.  It also gave me a chance to look over pictures that I didn’t initially like (for whatever reason), but now love.  Weird how that happens.  I guess that like enjoying a food as an adult that you hated as a child.  (Vegetables not included.  I still hate those.  My inner seven-year-old is strong.)

Be your own inspiration.

I’m always nervous before a shoot.  At least a little.  Always.  I’m a bit of a worrier.  However, I always go through my work and have at least a few images that make me feel like I’ve set my own bar for myself higher.  That’s an awesome feeling and very reaffirming.  Sometimes, it’s great to be your own motivator and push past your own boundaries.

Sharing is caring.

Sometimes I forget to share.  Each shoot is so different, and so much work goes into the behind the scenes, I just forget to update everything.  (Bad, Brianna.)  However, the “likes”, “+1s”, “retweets”, “shares”, etc. feels wonderful.  Not in a “I’m super cool because a billion people acknowledged my stuff” sort of way; but in an “awesome, I just connected with someone else” kind of way.  It’s like a little cyber pat on the back.  (And who doesn’t like a pat on the back?!)

 

Speaking of sharing… below are some couples that I got to photograph in 2012.  Doesn’t feel like it was that long ago.  Fun days.  Awesome people.  Great memories. =)

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