Archive for August, 2011
You could feel the smouldering heat on your eyes and skin, yet the team of us at fellow photog Tara Arrowood’s wedding at Burning Man was high on excitement from being a part of the unconventional Bohemian nuptials. When we had a minute away from the frenzy of the celebration, I organized a last-minute photo shoot with Jonathan Michael and Linnae Asiel of avant-garde design firm, Asiel Design. Ever the consummate pros, Jon and Linnae crafted an edgy reception adorned with their signature style – blossoming succulents of dark classical gothic colors meshed with an air of European sensual lightness appropriate for a wedding atmosphere. As a colleague, you can’t help but admire this cool couple. People adore them and their eclectic, inventive artistry – yet they really are just down-to-earth, and genuinely nice people to be around. Check out their work at http://www.asieldesign.com.
I had the honor of collaborating with Epson to talk about the Epson Signature Worthy Exhibition Canvas Satin. Watch the video to learn how the Epson fine art canvas is one of the most essential parts of my service as a wedding photographer.
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Temperatures were definitely rising in the new TWiT studio as Leo and I were joined by rockstar photographer/director Chase Jarvis. Chase is not only an outstanding photographer, he is also a visionary who shares his knowledge through educational videos, inspiring interviews on Chase Jarvis Live and his amazing newly launched blog. Personally, I was super excited because I have a secret crush on Chase! *Blush* Sorry for the school girl moment. My favorite quote from Chase? “If you try to please everyone, you will end up pleasing no one.” Find out more by watching the video here or on iTunes. Upcoming guest: Jasmine Star.
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Wedding Coordinator, Jean Marks | Designer, Gloria Wong Design | Florist, Nancy Liu Chin | Photographer, Catherine Hall Studios | Lighting Design, John Woods of Enhanced Lighting | Cake, Perfect Endings | Catering, Wine Valley Catering | Venue, Treasure Island and Nob Hill Intercontinental Mark Hopkins | Hair & Makeup, Sherrie Long | Wedding Gown, Designed by Bride and Randy Fenoli of Kleinfeld in New York | Tuxedo, Selix Formalwear
I grew up with successful parents who had their own businesses – perfectionism isn’t just a buzz word, it is my way of life. The paradox for many artists and photographers is, that perfectionist streak is what makes them review their thought process and consistently improve upon their work. The flip side is we can beat ourselves up over mistakes or what we perceive as imperfections. If you’re a relentless perfectionist, you and I have a lot to learn from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits – who tell us that mistakes and failures are part of what makes us continually learn and grow.
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When you make a mistake, big or small, cherish it like it’s the most precious thing in the world. Because in some ways, it is.
Most of us feel bad when we make mistakes, beat ourselves up about it, feel like failures, get mad at ourselves.
And that’s only natural: most of us have been taught from a young age that mistakes are bad, that we should try to avoid mistakes. We’ve been scolded when we make mistakes — at home, school and work. Maybe not always, but probably enough times to make feeling bad about mistakes an unconscious reaction.
Yet without mistakes, we could not learn or grow.
If you think about it that way, mistakes should be cherished and celebrated for being one of the most amazing things in the world: they make learning possible, they make growth and improvement possible.
By trial and error — trying things, making mistakes, and learning from those mistakes — we have figured out how to make electric light, to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, to fly.
Mistakes make walking possible for the smallest toddler, make speech possible, make works of genius possible.
Think about how we learn: we don’t just consume information about something and instantly know it or know how to do it. You don’t just read about painting, or writing, or computer programming, or baking, or playing the piano, and know how to do them right away.
Instead, you get information about something, from reading or from another person or from observing usually… then you construct a model in your mind… then you test it out by trying it in the real world… then you make mistakes… then you revise the model based on the results of your real-world experimentation… and repeat, making mistakes, learning from those mistakes, until you’ve pretty much learned how to do something.
That’s how we learn as babies and toddlers, and how we learn as adults. Trial and error, learning something new from each error.
Mistakes are how we learn to do something new — because if you succeed at something, it’s probably something you already knew how to do. You haven’t really grown much from that success — at most it’s the last step on your journey, not the whole journey. Most of the journey was made up of mistakes, if it’s a good journey.
So if you value learning, if you value growing and improving, then you should value mistakes. They are amazing things that make a world of brilliance possible.
Celebrate your mistakes. Cherish them. Smile.