Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Almost There

I find it hard to believe, but I'm almost done with the photo challenge. Yup, I'm almost there. Today is day 353, which means I only have 12 days to go. Wow.


I'm pretty proud of myself-- I haven't missed a day, even though some days it has been really challenging to get a photo. To be quite honest, not all of the photos are that good. But, not all of my days have been that good. All that matters is that I did it. I made it.


Well, I've almost made it-- twelve more days to go, you know. I can't count my chickens before they've hatched. I think I'd like to have chickens, actually. If they didn't stink so much. Stinky chickens.


I've experienced tremendous growth over the past 353 days-- both in my photographic abilities, but also in how I view my life and my surroundings. That was the whole idea behind the challenge, so I'd say it worked. Mission accomplished. I can't even express how happy I am with that. 


The best part is that even though not all of my photos are good, some of them are! I have some great shots of my kids, and some great shots of STUFF. Enough that I don't even have wall space for all that I'd love to frame. Enough that I'm even thinking of selling some of my pictures online. I mean, I may not have enough space to frame them to enjoy, but maybe someone else does!


It's a big risk, though, to put myself out there that way. I mean, what if no one wants to buy something like this?




This one is nice and bright, too, but I'd have to say it's just for my archives...




I don't think anyone would buy this one, but it's a photo that I am proud of myself for capturing. Some days, from the car, on a rainy day, on the go was all I could manage. This is a product of one of those days. 




And it's quite possible that I'm the only one crazy enough to want to put this on her wall. But I've always consoled myself with the thought that I'm not the only crazy one out there. I hope I'm right.




I thought this one might look cool inside a matted frame. You know, kind of a matted-frame-inside-a-matted-frame effect. But that's just me.




Anyway, selling my photos is only an idea I'm tossing around. Most of the photos I take are really just for my enjoyment...




And this one? Well, I don't know what to say about this one. There's really no reason for it.




Um, yeah. Sorry about that. 

16 comments:

carmar76 said...

LOL That last picture there... you've captured something!

Thank you for sharing some of the photos that were only for your enjoyment - I for another highly enjoy them, as well! : ) And if you end up selling the rainy day one, let me know. I have the perfect wall space for it.

CarrieMarie : )

The Laundry Queen said...

CarrieMarie-- even if I don't end up creating an online store, you are welcome to purchase any of the photos I've taken. The thought of someone wanting to hang my work in their home is tremendously flattering, but you don't have to do it just to be nice. ; )

janeannechovy said...

Way to go, LQ.

Jen said...

I have to admit I am proud and jealous of you for having stuck with this journey. I know I wouldn't have been able to fit it in this crazy year, but I would love to be posting on my blog amazing pictures like yours. You have grown and done some amazing things! I would definitely be selling them. :D

jwise said...

I think they're amazing!! I think you should definitely sell them!! I know what you mean about putting yourself out there (I'm not one for that, either), but you've got GREAT stuff so I think it's worth a shot. Love the pics!! Hope you'll still take them and post after the challenge is over.

The Laundry Queen said...

Jen, Thank you. I'm incredibly surprised that I was able to fit it into my crazy year, I'll admit. Maybe you should go for it. Oh, and if you still want the picture of the glasses, I'll give you a smokin' "my-dad-gave-you -a-scarring-nickname" kind of deal. ; )

jwise-- Thanks. I'm sure I'll still take pictures, but hope you understand if I take a day or two off when this is over. I'm pooped. ; )

SassyMama said...

Wow! A whole year. Kudos.
Hopefully I will be posting a similar post a year from now...

You are great at capturing small scenes that I would walk right by... so I am hoping to be more like you when I grown up:).

P.S. The last one is THE.BOMB. Maybe I'll hang it in my bathroom...

The Laundry Queen said...

Sassy-- I know you can do it. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Oh, and as for the P.S.-- talk about giving a person performance anxiety! ; )

Pat said...

Jana, go to the 365 site, get their email address (I have it if you can't find it) and email them this latest blog. They would love it!

The Laundry Queen said...

Well, Pat, it looks like the two women who started the challenge have disbanded to work on their own. I tried to email to the ashllandimages email address and received a failure notice. Do you have a different one?

Christine said...

Congrats. It feels so good when you accomplish a goal. Most people can't work on one for so long. I wonder if you'll still continue daily pictures when this is all over?

e. said...

These are very good. I think that you should totally pursue photography. Can you sell some of them on those stock image sites or something?

The Laundry Queen said...

Christine-- I'm sure I'll still take a lot of photos, but probably not every day. You never know, though. I think it's tough when there are expectations, so maybe not "having" to take the photos might allow me to do it without the performance anxiety.

e.-- Thanks. I'll have to check into your idea.

carmar76 said...

LOL I'm not nice! Well, I mean, I AM nice, but that's not why I said that. I really would like a print of the rainy day picture. : ) Email me how much you want for one & I'll see if I can afford you! boberrie76 (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks bunches!

Katie said...

Those pictures are great! I get to enjoy your talent by having the great pictures you took on the infamous playdate!
I should try this too. Maybe I would become a better photographer and not have to pay people so darn much to take pictures of my kids!!!

The Laundry Queen said...

Thanks, Katie! I think you should go for it-- it's been life-changing. P.S. I'll slip you my e-mail address at school so I can read your blog.