When was the last time you let yourself have fun? Did you free yourself of worry and stress?
We forget to play. It's very easy to get caught up in being an adult and all the responsibilities that go with it. When we forget to play, we stop learning, we stop experimenting, and we stop exploring.
Whatever your favorite pastime, give yourself permission to not be perfect at it. For example, if you are skateboarding, go ahead and fall trying a new stunt. If you are hiking, take a new path that you haven't hiked. If you are painting or drawing, let yourself get sloppy, just freeform it for a couple sheets. If you are a musician, play incongruent notes or try a new technique.
Regardless of your pastime, the point is to push yourself in a direction you haven't gone. Don't worry about the end product or result. You aren't trying to be perfect and you aren't trying to please anyone. Just have fun trying something different.
I was fortunate to join a group in a tour of the Detroit Opera House. I love being able to join a community of friendly photographers in order to share the experience of seeing historical buildings in a way no others have seen it. I did photograph the traditional images of the theatre, but then I moved to more detailed and behind-the-scenes images. Since many don't see behind-the-scenes, I wanted to showcase those areas that were rarely seen.
Also I couldn't contain my enthusiasm for the costuming/wardrobe room. I guess i will never get over my fascination with fabrics, and particularly dress forms. I always thought they were interesting when I was a kid and would explore my grandmother's sewing room. When I entered costuming and saw a lots of forms, I had to contain my squeal of joy.
One of the downfalls of going with a group is that we tend to get into each other's way. So, I was unable to get a good image of the room showcasing the sewing machines.
Kiauna and I collaborated to create three different Gotham looks.
Donna Macauley has been selected by the Mayor of Warren to receive an Outstanding Volunteer award for her involvement with the Michigan Humane Society. Donna photographs animals in the shelters in hopes that professional images of animals playing or looking at ease, instead of being in cages and looking through bars, will help them find their permanent homes. Donna is scheduled to attend Warren’s 8th Annual Volunteer of the Year Ceremony on April 20 at Warren City Hall.
I had the pleasure of photographing Prima Ballerinas,Catherine and Shalynn, in action and in unguarded moments.
I was apprehensive about going into the Michigan Humane Society to photograph cats today. I've been in a bit of a depression since my 22 year old cat passed away on Thursday. She was a very special cat. 22 years ago, my husband an I were living in an apartment and he kept asking for a dog. We were both "dog people," but I didn't think it was fair to have a dog in an apartment. So he switched gears after his nagging didn't work and said, "Fine, then I want a cat." I came home with this tiny, little white fur ball. She was so spunky and full of mischief and we fell in love with her immediately. She was our first pet and she saw us bring in four dogs and two other cats, lose two of those dogs and 1 of those cats (all to old age). Unfortunately, this time it was her turn to pass on.
As I was saying, after losing her, I wasn't sure if I was ready to see other cats so soon, but I made a commitment to photograph cats for MHS, so I went into the shelter. There I met Bruce, at 10 month old black cat who proceeded to try to climb up the backdrop and chew the bowtie I put on his neck. That was quite a feat of flexibility.
He made me laugh and took my mind off of things for a while. Thank you Bruce. I hope you find your forever family because you will definitely keep them entertained in return for their love.
If you are interested in adopting Bruce, contact the Michigan Humane Society and ask for Pet ID # 843827.
Are you feeling resentful of the life others are posting to their social media?
Do you find you are spending more time in front of the TV or watching movies than hiking in nature or playing with your kids?
Are you playing video games online more than visiting friends and talking over dinner and drinks?
If you said yes, you may have fallen to the consumer side of the balance. There is nothing wrong with playing video games or watching a show. But when you find yourself dissatisfied and spending more time doing one thing over another, you need to go out and create.
Create stronger friendships, create an experience for yourself, or create art instead of passively viewing it.
I am a Warren, MI based headshot, fashion, fantasy, fine art, senior, and portrait photographer. I have photographed the Detroit area and Southeastern Michigan for over 25 years.