Seems to be the word of the year, and I think of it with mixed emotions. Didn't have a lot of down time and while often spending time explaining that predicament to friends and family (beginning with the "we don't have kids yet so have to hustle now for later" and ending with "it's the nature of the job with it being seasonal") I have unashamedly embraced I am busy because I like to be. Working on it, and by that I mean mostly contemplating whether it is even something that needs to be cured as a lot of people make it seem. Maybe it is my way of being.
I took film photography in high school and the few years after graduating I was really into it. Invested in some more serious cameras and also a few lo-fi 120 film plastic ones. I even thought I wanted to be an editorial photographer there for a bit but flowers distracted me and I'm not upset with how things turned out. In fact, I'm learning that flowers are my most favorite subject. I have been taking my camera with me on more jobs. I used to be nervous about that, concerned it was pretentious or offensive to the hired photographer. It has taken me time to confidently, and unapologetically, own that I like the photos I take of my own work the best. I really admire a lot of artists out there, but it seems to make more sense for me to capture and highlight the moments of a piece that I see as moving rather than hope someone else does. And can capture it in the mood and setting I imagined it in as well. It goes back to the greater philosophy of this business. That art has to create a mood, and the essence of a floral work for me does not stop at arranging the flowers but also how they are memorialized in a photo.
Below are some photos I took recently with some new velvet ribbons, all in my bedroom. Which interestingly enough has the best light in the house.