Wednesday, February 4, 2015

What I've Been Doing

No, I'm not trapped under a pile of snow, although I have been feeling a bit like a shut-in for the past week. Three school snow days and a sick day in a seven-day period means that my children have been home a lot. I don't write well without silence and flow, two things that are quite absent when children are present.

But that's not the only reason I've been quiet. I've been busy working on other things.

Birds at Sunset - Sea Green Photography Rhode Island

I'm working on a personal photography project that has me taking and editing photos every day. To keep me motivated with that project, I've gathered a bunch of like-minded, very supportive people in a Facebook group. Working on the project and holding up my end of the support duties has taken away some of my Flotsam of the Mind time. I hope to strike a better balance soon, because I'm better when I write here. As for the project, I promise to share when I'm ready.

I also have been working on getting my photography business up and running.

I started Flotsam of the Mind and my first photography course in the same month. At the time, I had no idea how transformative that month would be. Both pursuits have become so much more than just hobbies.

Tree Swing Silhouette - Sea Green Photography Rhode Island

I was refinishing a table out on my driveway on an early spring day when I first acknowledged my interest in starting a photography business. I came inside to get something and took a peek at Facebook on my way back out. Someone had posted one of those pseudo-inspirational, follow-your-dreams, the-only-thing-holding-you-back-is-you sort of memes. I think this one was a cell phone photo of a coffee shop chalkboard, and I don't even remember the words.

I'm rarely moved by such things, but I found myself getting emotional as I returned to my project. I didn't tell anyone else for a long time, but that day I admitted to myself that starting a business was my goal. So I learned, and I practiced, and I shared my photos with anyone willing to take a look. And I got better.

Sunset Icicles - Sea Green Photography Rhode Island

I don't remember the moment I decided I was good enough, but since then I've been quietly working on the business side. This week is a big one for me. Sea Green Photography now has a website, designed entirely by yours truly. I have no web design background, no graphics design background, and this blog is the extent of my writing experience. But I did it, and I'm proud of it.

Sea Green Photography family children Rhode Island

I have written a lot of words on Flotsam of the Mind, but the About page of the Sea Green Photography website was so much harder. Crafting words to describe who I am and how I got here was tough. Striking a balance between professionalism and personality only made it more difficult. If you want to understand who I am and what my photography is about, take a peek.

I will be adding a blog to the Sea Green Photography website soon. If you enjoy what I have to say here, I hope you will follow along there as well. I expect that it will be a combination of client photos, personal photos, and the flotsam inside my head that you are used to seeing here.

Thank you to all of you who endured my self-doubt and lousy early photography. I hope you will stick with me as I continue to improve in both areas.

Back to the regularly scheduled flotsam next time. Promise.

Did you know that I have a Sea Green Photography Facebook page? Please follow along for my nearly daily photographs and commentary. Same author, same attitude you will find here, but more photos and less confessional (I hope).

If you know a friend who might be interested to learn about Sea Green Photography,  I'd greatly appreciate if you'd share my Facebook page and website. 

And while I'm at it, if you somehow missed the Flotsam of the Mind Facebook page, it's high time you followed along there as well. Even when I'm not writing blog posts, I'm still sharing my thoughts over there.


  1. Reading about the start of your business is very interesting and your images are simply gorgeous! Congratulations on your new website - I know it's no small feat!

  2. Susie: great pics. I'll have to check seagreen photography on facebook.