October was just what I needed! The summer was so busy that I didn’t have time to think about many other aspects of my photography and business. After closing the gallery, and then photographing the elk rut, I finally had a chance to relax for the first time in months. I was looking forward to falling back into what I had known as my past, and not having day-to-day responsibilities. I thoroughly enjoy the freedom my job allows, and the ability to go anywhere at any given time. Before this summer, I was use to photographing, and then taking a break, and then photographing more. There were no breaks this summer, because when I wasn’t photographing, I was in my gallery in Skagway. And it will likely be that way for years to come.
I didn’t realize how much the summer had drained me until I began to fully relax. I was so caught up in the gallery, and trying to make it successful, that many things fell through the cracks. I envisioned only needing a short amount of time to be caught up on most things, but I was wrong. The more I relaxed and looked back on the summer and other needs of my business, the more I realized I had lots to do. I’m grateful I was able to take a step back and analyze the summer, and my business as a whole, and see how things went and how I would like them to go in the future.
As my career has changed and progressed, I have enjoyed each new twist and turn. I’ve never known where I was going to be from year to year, but now that has changed some too. I will still have many unknown during the fall and winter, but for the spring and summer I will be in Alaska. I can think of many worst things that being in Alaska, though.
All that spare time I use to have as I got my business going, is long gone. I enjoyed all the unknowns and paths that I’ve taken to get to this point in my career, and look forward to the future ones. I got caught up in this summer, and got away from a couple of thing that has made my career so great. October allowed me to see that, and to hopefully not have that happen again. Relaxing and a distressing of the mind were critical for me. I needed to get back out in nature, and forget about all the other things of the world that catch so many people and don’t let go.
I did a fair amount of work in October, but it was the times I didn’t work that made October great. Exploring new areas and finding new places to photograph is what excites me the most! There is so much area in our great continent to explore and search. My fiancé recently moved, and spending time with her in the mountains around her area was great! I did a lot of pre scouting for the winter, and now can’t wait for winter to get here. It will be exciting to see what winter brings in this new area to me.
On November 10th I hooked the trailer back up and begun the long drive to Tennessee. I wasn’t looking forward to the three-day drive, but it had to be done. My truck has started to have a little transmission issues, but I figured I could make it back to TN. It did fine across the country, thankfully, and after 39 hours of driving I got back to Tennessee. I have a gallery exhibit in my hometown of Tullahoma that opens on November 19th from 5-7 p.m. at the Fine Art Center.