What Is So

I’ve decided to do Me Ra Koh‘s SOAR scholarship exercises on my blog this year. This one is a Business Coaching Exercise from Karen Buckley of the Wisdom Connection and here’s a part of her description of it:

‘Through calmly and courageously acknowledging things as they are we begin to free ourselves from the doubts, anxiety, fears and all the rest. Our hearts begin to expand with dignity and self-respect.’

As I began to go through the list of things to consider about the state of my business, right now… I mostly thought of things I didn’t have or hadn’t done, for whatever reason. Then I started to think of what I do have but dismissed a lot of it for being unexceptional… in other words, ‘not good enough’. What a realisation!

The truth is that what I have right now is fine. It’s what’s true in this moment. And it is the basis of what I’m about to create next, it’s the ground I’m stepping from… so it is good enough. For right now. 😀

I love blogging. I love shooting. I love shooting in manual, and the other settings confound me now because invariably, they give me something other than what I’m seeing, what I’m creating. Winning  the 1D from Scott Bourne was so awesome, I can’t even describe it. Having this amazing camera definitely blew my mind. I love the images that I get from it and have seen a lessening of time spent editing because it is so much easier to get them the way I want them in camera. Yay! I’ve become so much quicker and more confident in Aperture, and it has improved to the point of being what I use most. Which I love! PhotoShop is rarely needed. Soo much quicker this way.

Cameron supports me wholeheartedly. He believes in my talent as well as what I’m standing for and that reminds me that I believe in my talent as well as what I’m standing for. I’m sure Chésaweh will one day tell me he feels the same way. 😀

My sister described my portraits recently as capturing an essence about a person, in a moment when they are relaxed, open and vulnerable. It was awesome to hear someone else describe what I’m seeing, what I’m creating… because that’s exactly it. For me. I love seeing inside people, and then reflecting it back to them.

It’s been amazing to connect with photographers through the internet (thank you Twitter and Facebook) as well as in person. I can say that I’ve made some friends that I’m certain I’ll be connected to for quite a while. It’s kinda beyond awesome to meet people I can totally geek out with about all things photography… talk for hours about exposure, light, lenses, cameras, icons, framing…

It’s been even more incredible really connecting with the people I’ve been honoured to photograph. I am grateful that you opened up to me and then kept doing it. While letting me photograph you. And then again. You guys rock!


  1. Reply
    Shelly February 9, 2011

    Lovely thoughts. Hope you continue to reflect and build upon this amazing foundation.

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    ajira February 6, 2011

    Thanks Charisse. You too!

  3. Reply
    Charisse February 5, 2011

    Wonderfully written my friend. Loved your “what is so” . Soak it in…and enjoy the process.

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    ajira February 5, 2011

    Thanks Johlandi! I had fun making that picture of me! It’s kinda shocking that my whole family is gorgeous! hahahahaha!

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    Johlandi February 5, 2011

    Oh how LOVELY IT is to see a picture of you!!! And your family, put a smile to my face, your sister looks gorgoues!

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    ajira February 5, 2011

    thanks love! Um, right now? Ha!

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    Lynde February 5, 2011

    your best blog yet! When are you coming over?

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