It has officially been four weeks under Shelter in Place orders for us, and this week's theme is Isolation. I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to give you all a little update on what I've been up to in quarantine.
For those of you who don't know, in addition to my photography business, I do work a regular full-time job during the day. I've been incredibly fortunate that my job has not been impacted by the pandemic, and I was actually already working from home full-time. The biggest impacts of the pandemic on my life right now are the inability to shoot photography sessions right now, not being able to go to the gym, and my husband being home all day since his college classes were all moved to an online format.
That being said, I've still been keeping busy during the day, but have been looking for ways to improve my photography craft and grow my business strictly from home during the evenings and weekends (in addition to a bit of Netflix bingeing and playing the Final Fantasy VII remake). Below are the results of a few of my efforts.
Like many photographers right now, I got swept up in the digital watercolor craze. I spent an afternoon watching YouTube tutorials on how to create these awesome images, and then creating a few of my own. I am even offering them now to clients. If you're interested in purchasing a digital watercolor, check them out on my website.
Peanut Butter Photoshoot
A lot of photographers I know have begun setting up in-home studios in order to work on personal photography projects. Unfortunately, I don't have the space in my house to set up an effective studio space. However, we have had quite a few overcast days in the past couple weeks, which is perfect lighting for shooting outdoors in the afternoon. So one afternoon I set up my backdrop stand with seamless white paper, and tested it out with two of my dogs (the third wanted nothing to do with our antics). My husband acted as my unwilling assistant, placing dabs on peanut butter on the dogs' noses, and watching their hilarious reactions as they tried to lick it off. This whole charade actually gave me the idea of offering Peanut Butter Mini Sessions in the future. If this is something that would interest you, fill out the contact form on my website here, join my mailing list, or follow me on social media in order to receive updates on when these will be offered.
Learning New Software
Another fun adventure has been learning some new software to help with photo editing. After downloading Luminar 4 this week, I have been working on re-editing some of my existing images. You can see a couple of the images below.
Follow the rest of the Project 52 group blog circle to check out their take on isolation. Next up is Kelly Middlebrooks of Little White Dog Pet Photography in Sioux Falls, SD. Keep following the links at the end of each blog post until you make it back here to see all of this week's photos!