The Power Of A Comment

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Sometimes life can be confusing especially with all the information that is at our finger tips. I have to be so careful of my addiction to learning on the internet right now. When I decided a few years back that I needed to learn and attempt to master a skill I turned to the internet for inspiration. I was drawn to the amazing photographs that would appear on my screen. I also realized how many beautiful things there were in my world and wanted to try to capture not only the image but what it was saying to me. So I began my journey of education in everything photography.

I would say I am self-taught, but that is not true because it is the talent and generosity of others that have help me learn photography. Their sharing of techniques and photos, and education and technical advise that has brought me to my skill level today. I have met and work with some amazing teachers over the past years. But with all this education there is one thing no one can teach me and that is how to find my gift, what I want to give to the world what makes my photography a kind of art only I could offer.

This question has been on my mind for quite a while lately. I get so sidetracked watching and learning what other photographers are doing yet not able to find what I am called to do.

Recently I decided to work on an old photograph I took of a friends dog and give it an artful feel. I posted this photograph my Facebook page and it got many comments. Most admiring the beauty of this dog.  But a few comments came through that changed my thinking and made me realize maybe I do have something to offer that is uniquely me.  The comment said  "I wish I knew how you bring out their personalities!" Or this one from someone who recently viewed my website "I can see you have a real passion for horses."   It made me realize that this is not only what I do, but who I am. I see animals deeply when I photograph them and it seems to come through me and at just the right moment I capture them.  I know I need to honor that and work in that direction.

Denver

Denver

Funny how it  can only take a few kind words to set you on your unique path.

I feel we all have gifts to give, if you are seeking to know what yours might be, just ask and listen and it will be revealed to you.

Day Of Rain

Day Of Rain

Video Challenge

My Window View I love visuals of all kinds. Recently I entered a 30 days of filming video challenge from a Creative Live class given by Sue Bryce. If you know her you are probably wondering why I would take a class from a photographer who teaches glamour photography which is so far from what I am doing, but she is an amazing teacher and I love to learn every aspect of photography.

Well back to the point. In this class she was teaching us short video to use as promotion. Her guest was Hailey Bartholomew who does an amazing job with producing short videos. She challenged us to begin by filming and producing a video of the things you love and appreciate for thirty days to help us develop our skills.

I joined in on the challenge and this is my video: Window View

I submitted it to her contest, not sure how it will do but I learned a lot and found another avenue to sharing my vision. I can not wait to use this skill when I am photographing  the draft horses in Belgium this spring and summer.

Don't Abandoned Your Art

Comfort This post is mostly for photographers but can apply to anyone who does creative work of some sort.

You know what happens, after hours of work on editing, or re-writing, re-recording song or re-drawing you decide this project is just not working. Your disappointed, it is not turning out as you envisioned or planned. So out of frustration you delete it, throw it in the trash, abandoned it. It's over and I am done with this.

I am writing to encourage you not to give up just yet.

When I first started getting serious about my photography I found myself a mentor. His name is Nat Coalson and he is an amazing landscape and abstract photographer. He taught me many things that I still use today, but I remember him telling me not to delete any of my images except the ones that were obviously out of focus. I could not at the time understand why. With digital and being able to take hundreds of shots and loading up cards why would we keep the ones we do not feel meet our standards? Having all those images on your hard drive can be very daunting.

I am someone who absolutely dislikes clutter  so this was very difficult for me to deal with. This was the advise I decided not to take. It just did not make sense to me. I was only going to keep the images I felt were good and worthy of editing. But  I was wrong and here is what I have learned about walking away rather than deleting or giving up.

When you have spent so much time on your project you begin to lose what it was that made you want to create this in the first place. You have been looking at it to long and now it just looks ordinary, mundane, not interesting, or doesn't sound right. It just not what you have envisioned

Now is the time you need to walk away. You have to give it time to cook.  Leave your project alone, put it away, don't obsess over it you need some time for fresh eyes.

I recently took a workshop on Creative Live with Hailey Bartholomew on creating video and she was asked a question about what happens when she hits a wall with being creative in the middle of a project.  She said "take two days off" Do not think about your project just get away from it and do something else. You need time away so you can reconnect to your creative ideas.

I now upload my photographs or videos and leave them alone for at least a week. A week to forget  what it was I was trying to capture, what it felt like, what was I trying to say. Then when I return and go through the photographs or look at the video again it looks new and exciting to me and I am now aware of what my creative self was trying to accomplish. I am inspired all over again.

So I beg you to please do not delete or abandoned your art until you move away from it so you can come back and see what it was that inspired you the first time.  I guarantee you will find  gems that you may have otherwise overlooked.

Here are a few of the photographs I almost deleted:

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Ghost Horse

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