What NOT Working on My Trip to Italy Taught Me
How to be Unstoppable in Your Business
Before we left to go to the airport, I told Michael I was nervous about not working.
I was worried that I wouldn't be able to not work. That while looking at Botticelli, all I'd be thinking about was how I needed to find better service so I could respond to a client email.
What I learned from a midnight swim.
As a rule, I don't like to tell people to start businesses unless they ask me about it (then I can't really shut up about it).
But goodness, I've spent the last week and a half or so telling my sister that she should start one.
My 3 Life-Changing Takeaways from Ginny Au's Loom Curated
Maybe it's because it was the first time I had ever been skinny dipping (I know. I am that person.) that the memory of standing at the shore of the Puget Sound in my towel from a couple of weeks ago is still so potent in my mind.
Maybe it's because for that week, I had been under the spell of genius artists and I had come to think of them more as people with beautiful brains than with beautiful bodies.
How asking questions in your images will keep people looking longer. Plus 6 examples to get you inspired.
he journey to get to the Loom house last week on Whidbey Island included slipping across dark water, driving through golden fields interspersed with tall evergreen trees, and finally arriving on a beach full of smooth driftwood. Through it all, we were surrounded by purple hills that faded into layers in the background of the Sound. It was the kind of place built to focus your thoughts on the natural world and forget--if even for a few days--the thoughts that build up in your mind like a dam and keep you from living.
Why your work matters, even in the midst of drudgery, monotony, or rejection.
When my sister was really young, she used to tell us stories about her friends at school that would drag on and on. She was adorable, but I remember watching her talk and think, “okay, what am I supposed to be listening for right now?” I know, it’s so rude of me to think that. And I know I tell stories plenty of times where my husband looks at me like, “okay, what was the point of that again?” So I get that it can be rough to stay focused and to set up a story well.
The same thing can happen with photos.
How to Know What You Really Want in One Simple Step
When my sister was doing volunteer work in Argentina for a year and a half, she got lice. Twice. And she has the bushiest, hermione-est hair you can imagine. Beautiful, curly, thick. She cried when she had to comb through that head and get all of the eggs out. And then she cried again the second time.
3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Mentor
I was standing in a tiny shop in Jerusalem on one of my last days there, surveying the hand-painted pottery on the shelves. I didn’t have gifts for two of my sisters yet so I wanted to get something for them, but I also only had about $300 left in my bank account and no one took credit cards.
I looked each piece over, stood back, carried a few things around with me, put them back, found the same pieces in different patterns, snuck looks at the dinner plates on the wall, and made my own pile, and the behavior continued.
How to Choose the Perfect Piece in Your Next Shoot
I kept apologizing to my professor when I was working on my novel for my masters in creative writing.
You know, because my writing sort of sucked compared to his and he was trying to write his own novel too.
But all the same, I would send him crappy drafts of chapters of my novel and he would comb through, suggest clearer ways to phrase things, challenge my character development, and ask questions.
I would sit in his brightly lit office and I was always so surprised that the questions in my story were actually getting at stuff that was profound than I was giving it credit for.
4 Things Your Wedding Guests Should Leave Knowing About You
I'm going to give you my exact process and guide for how I choose props I use in my weddings and editorials. So I can go into more depth, I'll be talking specifically about how I choose table vessels, but the same principles can be applied to every styling choice you make.
If you didn't know already, I'm a nosey person. When I was studying creative writing I felt like I was given free license to be as nosey as I wanted as long as I could get really good stories. After a while, one of the side-effects of being nosey was that I started to feel like I was entitled to other peoples' stories. Let's be honest, I still feel like that...