MAKING LEMONADE

Last week I returned from my opening at the Leica store in Seattle of my series American Reflections. I also was fortunate enough to teach a workshop for the Leica Akademie that went along during the same weekend. I met some great people, had amazing students, and overall had a great time. I am feeling thankful for all life has granted to me.

So fast forward to today. I have been home about a week and just as I was getting prepared for the next few weeks of shooting, workshops, and other things a freelancer deals with. I get a message from my wife. The babysitter is taking next week off. She cannot work. This basically means your next week will be spent watching kids and changing diapers. This is the price you pay when you decide to try and make a living as an independent photographer with two kids. I won't lie and say I never thought of quitting, I just never have or will. I make lemonade.

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I decide to get off the computer and dedicate the day to the boys fully. I make breakfast, I change them, I do it all. Mr. Mom in full swing. As this is happening I am starting to see photos. I begin to realize that I do have my project, Seed, which is my personal documenting of family life as a photographer trying to make my way. I also start to see the rain begin to fall. As a young boy. Everytime it would rain my mother would bring me to the storm door, and leave it open so we can hear and feel the rain. So I bring the boys to the door, open it, we feel the rain, this excites them. It is these little moments I believe that helped groom my photography, to help me become aware of my environment. To appreciate the rain. As the rains continues to fall I begin to photograph...

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