2016 was a hard year for my poor old lady body (I’m not that old) and after two ankle injuries, a sciatica injury and two overseas trips one of which resulted in a death-esque flu haunting my family for the better part of three weeks… I decided it was time to finally take a break. I mean, it has been about 3 years since I’d really taken any time for myself… so it was time.
It is not easy for a photographer to take a break. What with the constant ebb and flow of social media, the incessant demands of Instagram and it’s counterparts, wave after wave of life event flowing into your inbox FINALLY and not wanting to turn a single one down… even just the fact that I’ve been working 50+ hours a week for so long! Stopping will make you antsy, let’s be honest. It took me at least a week just to calm down enough to sit. But once I figured it out and really put butt to chair, I immediately realized that a break was very much essential to me continuing onward.
In 2016 I, somehow, squeaked our family by (sometimes on breadcrumbs) with photography and way too many freelance projects while my husband finished the big tough year in his bachelor career in music composition. It wasn’t easy, I cried a little not gonna lie. My brother helped me way too much… he still helps me way too much. He’s such a fantastic photographer and sibling, I do not deserve him.
Anyway… I really have another post for the “everyone is amazing!” rant, and it’s coming. This one is just not it.
So… I’m stressed, I’m losing hair, I’m getting sick… Aaron finishes the hard times of his bachelors and I’m released from being the “sole breadwinner” (Aaron was still working a little). I start that sh$% with a nice long break…
On my break I used the time to go on local excursions to take some landscape photos for stock photography. Stock photography is a great way to make a little extra side cash every once in a while when you’re trying to get by or just trying to take some time off. It’s not hard, there’s about a dozen sites to sell from. You wont make much at first but every once in a while you get lucky, don’t be discouraged if it takes a few months. Start before you plan on taking any breaks
So I’m about to return to the world of husslin’ and I wanted to stop and share some of the landscape photos I’ve taken in my time off. I’m sure a few are from before my break but, whatever… Hahaha! They were pretty and I couldn’t really remember. In total I’ve been (mostly) off since December 23, 2016 so it’s been a minute.
I feel like it’s been extremely important to me, as an artist, to take this time for myself and I encourage everyone (especially artists as they work pretty much all the time) to save money, make arrangements, and take the same time for yourselves too. The “artistic burden” can be lonely, frustrating and often times damaging to the psyche… But, with a little time after a long (oh my gosh LONG) period of hard work, you will feel renewed and ready to jump back in for the next big step.
Here’s to the leap.
All the photos you see here were taken in the beautiful county of San Diego, California.
Happy Friday everyone <3