Project 365: In which she crams in news, updates, and oh yes, a few pictures too

by DaniGirl on August 3, 2011 · 7 comments

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Remember last time I did the 365 project, and I ended up having 366 pictures in it because I lost count? Yeah. The hardest part of the 365 project was counting to 365! And now, I’ve somehow gotten myself all out of sequence in being so behind. I’m on track for numbers, but somehow ended up with a week that has an extra day. Hmmm. Oh well, so this catch-up edition of my weekly 365 post is a little longer than the others.

Anyway, you can see why I went into communications and not, say, astrophysics as a career. I actually find astrophysics absolutely fascinating, but you probably need to be able to do things like, um, count. And keep track of things with a modicum more accuracy than I seem able. “We found an extrasolar planet with an atmosphere remarkably similar to the Earth! Where is it? Um, somewhere to the left of M31, give or take forty light years…”

Speaking of the intersection of paying work and photography (also good that I don’t rely on my segue ability for a paycheque, isn’t it?) I have some exciting news this week. I’ve been approached by Getty Images to license some of my photographs. Fun, eh? Stock photography doesn’t pay exceptionally well, mostly a couple of dollars per licensed image from what I can tell, but it’s more than what the photo was making just sitting there looking pretty on Flickr. I’ve seen some photographers making in the hundreds of dollars per month, but they have a lot more images and frankly, some pretty amazing work.

This is the first image up for licence, and there are about half a dozen more in the works.

129:365 Dewy [Explored]

Who would have ever guessed at the beginning of my first 365 project in 2009 that it would lead to all these paid photography gigs? I can’t believe how much things have taken off this month — it’s very exciting!

Speaking of 365 projects, didn’t I say this was supposed to be a post about catching up? Here’s what I set out to show you today. When I went downtown for my job interview with the CRA, I was sitting at a traffic light and admiring this view of Parliament Hill. I never fail to be humbled by this view! (Even though I am not really looking forward to the commute back downtown to the Market from Manotick, I am looking forward to all the gorgeous downtown photo opportunities!)

208:365 Parliament Hill

I was going for a sort of a chiaroscuro effect with this one – just a little bit of low key light on his face. Not entirely convinced it worked, though!

210:365 Morning light

This too is a bit of a play with chiaroscuro – I’ve been thinking a lot about light lately!

213:365 Burr

I haven’t had as much time as I would have hoped to play with my camera even though I’m on vacation because I’ve been spending at least an hour or two each day studying for my infernal French exam. (I went to write it yesterday, managed to write the grammar test and then they sent us home because the AC was broken and they were shutting down the building!! Gah! I have to go back today to write the reading comprehension test!) Anyway, if you’re going to spend hours of your vacation studying for a French exam, there are worse places to do it than on the porch!

215:365 Studying

I love this picture so much that I almost hate to bury it deep in an extended 365 post. I’m betting you can figure out where I took it! ;) (Have I mentioned how much I love the Agriculture Museum lately? If you haven’t gone recently, you must!)

216:365 Cowboys at the Farm

You know my life is a little out of control when something as wicked-cool as the Social Capital conference happens and I can’t even get around to writing a blog post about it. But it was a week ago Saturday and it was *awesome*! One of these weeks I hope to write a proper blog post about it. This is from the round-table discussion I hosted on photography and Flickr — it was a great little chat!

211:365 SoCapOtt

Did I mention it’s been insanely busy? French test, conference, interviewing and scrambling for new job, and two (TWO!) portrait sessions for Mothership Photography this week. Yikes! This was from a session I did at a local park on that day when the heat blazed its way well past the 40C mark. It was crazy hot, but I had a great time with this toddler, his parents and his grandparents, chasing him all over the playground. Picture a not-quite-two-year-old on the loose in the playground wearing nothing but his diaper and a kilt. I know, adorable, right?

209:365 Sandy toes with kilt

This was from a porch portrait session I did last weekend. The kids were all dressed up for family portraits, but once we had the formals done, their parents let them have some fun on the playstructure and the treehouse in the back yard. I love love love this — there’s something dreamy and lovely about it, don’t you think?

212:365 Dreaming

And finally! We ordered Chinese food one night, and Tristan didn’t agree with my fortune cookie, so he made me up one he thought was more appropriate.

214:365 Good fortune

Good fortune, eh? I’m a lucky girl.


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1 smothermother August 3, 2011 at 7:27 am

getty images??? that’s crazy cool. i’ve used their stock images tones of times. good luck!

2 Josee August 3, 2011 at 8:54 am

Great stuff! Congrats on the licensing. Your photos are beautiful- love the one of the girl in the white dress!

3 Mary V. August 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

If you’re going to have your photos licensed, Getty is pretty topnotch. Congrats! And bonne chance with the French test…. P.S. how long until Getty wants to license the one of the girl on the rope swing!?

4 Anonymous August 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

You are a lucky girl :) I wish I had had more time to chat with you at Social Capital. I am so glad we got to sit beside each other and talk even if it was only for a little while.

Your photos are so beautiful and look at you with Getty wanting your photos! That is awesome. You must be so proud!

I love that you took a moment to put flowers out when you were studying. Love that!

5 Chantal August 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm

That last comment was mine. I missed the Captcha first try and for some reason it erased my info on the 2nd try. I didn’t even notice till I hit submit.

6 liz August 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Gorgeous photos.

7 allison August 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Crazy cool. I’d pay more than a couple dollars for any of those. Love the fortune cookie too.

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