Day 267 – Swift and Shallow, Dark Night

Swift and Shallow, Dark Night

Day 267

The Lady’s Reward by Dorothy Parker

Lady, lady, never start
Conversation toward your heart;
Keep your pretty words serene;
Never murmur what you mean.
Show yourself, by word and look,
Swift and shallow as a brook.
Be as cool and quick to go
As a drop of April snow;
Be as delicate and gay
As a cherry flower in May.
Lady, lady, never speak
Of the tears that burn your cheek-
She will never win him, whose
Words had shown she feared to lose.
Be you wise and never sad,
You will get your lovely lad.
Never serious be, nor true,
And your wish will come to you-
And if that makes you happy, kid,
You’ll be the first it ever did.

Last night I posted some of my frustration about my photographic services and those who think that my time is pretty much worthless to me (and obviously to them).  I have always been very generous with sharing my gifts, probably too much so, and as a result the hours that people want me to give them are taken for granted. A few months ago, I got angry about it.  It took one wedding too many with a bride who wanted everything for nothing, who wanted more time than I should have given and is still harassing me about her wedding photos.  What she did not realize is that once you make me angry, I put on the brakes and I come to a dead stop.  And as wrong as it probably is, she will not be getting the photos from me other than the complete set of web ready photos I emailed her in 6 different emails.

But I can thank that bride for opening my eyes to what I was doing to myself.  I was devaluing the work I do, my time and my talent.  So, while I am frustrated by those who want my price to be *free*, I am satisfied that I am doing the right thing.  And that makes me happy, kid.

Swift and Shallow, Dark Night



Day 79

White's Bridge, Smyrna, MI

Day 79 would officially be over for the past 2 and a half hours, but I am figuring that since I am still awake, it is day 79 still.

I headed north about 3 hours and spent the day with my wonderful friend, Bonnie, visiting, having lunch and then heading out to White’s Bridge to do some shooting.  When I got home at 6:15 pm, Bob and I headed out to the campsite for a cookout and Oh my goodness!  I have far too many photos today!  I would have to estimate that I shot over 200 photos today.  Egad!  I did quick edits in raw but with the sheer volume it was not a quick job.  A lot of favorites are turning up, and a lot of not so favorites have been discarded – you just never know what is going to suit your fancy at a given moment!

Since I am tired of looking at photos for the night, I just grabbed a shot I liked when I got to it in photoshop after raw.  Big yawn and I am going to bed!