This past week was one of the best for new material on the blog and while I normally have an original post every day, this morning I'm sort of taking the day off. There are at least three posts that were game changers over this past week and one bonus you didn't know about. Click on any of the images, if you missed the post this week. It will link you right to it.
Read the background intro on this post and you'll understand how Angie Kullman and Russell Grace wound up in the SCU Blog pipeline. They're an amazing couple, but even more impressive than their work as artists is the way Angie described their passion for the craft and in turn each other. It's one of those posts I wish I could get every new photographer to read before they started on their journey.
I had never heard of David Seth Cohen, let alone a movie called "Finding Sandler" until social media landed both of them in my lap, but there's a point here that I think is too easily upstaged by David's sense of humor. There is so much more to this project than "What if?"
This is about David chasing a dream, an idea he's unbelievably passionate about. How many of us put aside dreams, big ones and little ones over the years and simply decided something wasn't worth the effort? I don't quote Ross Perot very often, but when I do it's always the same quote:
"Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown."
There's no doubt in my mind that we're going to be hearing a lot more about David. He might be on the one yard line, but he's not about to quit!
The post from my Dad wasn't really new - it was first published several years ago on another blog, but it hit hard on the basics to building your business. We're all so wrapped up in technology, social media and extending our reach that so often the most important answers are right there in front of us.
It's called back to basics and everything your parents started to teach you when you were six years old! My buddy Levi Sim says it best, "Act as if your grandmother is watching you!"
Everyone has a soft spot in their heart for some non-profit organization or project. Well, meet one of mine, the Friendship Centers. I started a blog for them a few weeks ago, BeAwareBetterCare.com. Eventually we're hoping it will become an educational resource for the community focusing on one topic, aging with dignity.
My Dad and I met this amazing group of people two years ago when we started going to the Caregivers Support Group. At that time we were fighting the battle with my mother's Alzheimer's. Well, I couldn't help but get more involved and we've been doing a podcast for caregivers twice a month for a year. Now we've expanded with more content into a blog.
Yesterday we had a post by Caroline Allen, a member of the staff. Caroline lost her husband to a brain injury that resulted in dementia five years ago. Her post couldn't have been written more from the heart. Regardless of the challenges you deal with every day in photography and building your business, her post is a fitting reminder that life is simply too short. The title of her post said it all, "Lessons in Humility, Compassion and Humor."
Wishing everybody a wonderful weekend and one filled with plenty of time to hug somebody you love!
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.