November 28, 2005-
In other news, you'll notice that the Sunsets section has been renamed Sky, mainly because I finally dragged myself up out of bed early enough to get some nice sunrise pictures.
I also hope to redo the site before too much longer. Not because I don't like its current design, which I do, but because my dad just gave me some new web design software that hopefully won't suck the life out of me for several hours every time I try to put in one freakin' new picture causing me to go a couple of months between updates NetObjects Fusion. Not to point the finger or anything.
In other news, I completed the professional photography gig I mentioned last time. The pictures came out very well, if I do say so myself, and she seemed to be very pleased with them. I plan on scanning some of them in and posting them for everyone to see.
And that brings me to news I never really expected to post. It seems that the woman who hired me to shoot her portfolio has been giving my name out, along with a link to this site, to lots and lots of other models, and has posted a link on several websites that, get this, actually get visitors. As a result, I've seen traffic to this site skyrocket over the last few weeks. That means that, for the first time, I'm getting a sustained stretch of visitors that I've never actually met. This rather confuses me, but I really hope it continues. Especially if some of these new visitors are interested in paying me to take pictures.
So, to all of my new visitors: Welcome. Look around, enjoy yourself, let me know what you think. I hope you like it here.
At this point, you may be wondering, "Hey, how are you going to afford to buy a fancy-pants new digital camera when you work in the field of non-profit science education and just moved to a new apartment causing your car insurance to nearly double, though you'll still be saving due to a far shorter commute, fewer bills, and lower rent?" Funny you should ask! I was just approached for my second-ever semi-professional photography gig ever. That's right, someone is actually going to pay me to take pictures of them for a modeling portfolio, almost like I'm a real photographer! Neat!
In other happy news, it seems that whilst my computer was in repair limbo this site was discovered by Google. 'Bout time, I says.
And, I hate to end on a down note, but allow me to vent for a moment. Ahem. NETOBJECTS FUSION YOU FREAKING BASTARD IT'S THREE THIRTY AM AND IT HAS TAKEN ME TWO DAMN HOURS TO ADD A MEASLY FIVE PICTURES TO MY SITE WHY ARE YOU SUCH A PIECE OF CRAP AND WHY WON'T YOU JUST BE GOOD AND DO WHAT I TELL YOU. Thank you. Now someone please teach me html.
That's the good news.
The bad news is that I lost my camera today. I could swear that I put it back in my bag when I left the beach today (by the way: I have a great job), but it wasn't there when I got back to the car and it was nowhere to be found when I went back to look for it. No one on the beach had seen it, either. It just seems to have completely vanished. This upsets me greatly. That camera was a gift from my parents and helped to fully involve me in perhaps the most fulfilling hobby I've ever had, one which I certainly don't plan on giving up any time soon. I'll just have to fall back on my trusty old manual 35mm (which belonged to my dad before I was born), or on my not-quite-so-trusty-but-much-more-portable Advantix camera. Unfortunately, this also means that after the aforementioned large update, new photos will definitely be scarce for a while, for two reasons. One, I am poor, and as such cannot afford to develop film very often, so I'll probably be taking far fewer pictures. Two, I am especially lazy when it comes to getting film developed. These are both among the reasons that my poor MIA Minolta digital point-and-shoot helped open up photography to me in ways that film cameras couldn't. That, and my film photos have an unsettling tendency to just sit around in boxes, even though I do have a working scanner. Again, lazy.
But we'll see. Maybe it'll give me a chance to finally write that About page that I've been talking about for so long.
You may also have noticed that it's already been quite a while since I really updated the site. This is due to laziness.
Hey, I only just realized it was a totally blank page, okay?
By the way, you didn't really click on that News link in this announcement, did you? Seriously, where did you think you were going?
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