October 9th, 2012

I like pretty things

summer camp wedding

Andy and I stayed at New Braunfels last weekend, it was a blast. I don't think I've ever been treated so well at a wedding, and I think it's because most of the guests were in the service industry. I was constantly thanked. The mother of the bride told me she's been following my work, and after the wedding many people came up to me thanking me. But this was also a special wedding since they got us a cabin, we stayed really late. I shot till 2:30 am. After the wedding was over, I followed them to the cabins. Some of the shit they did was a bit too wild for photos....

I was so exhausted, but all the guests were impressed and kept yelling: "Best Photographer Ever!"

The Texas hill country is gorgeous, we were by the river and everything was so green.

There is definitely a pressure to do much better now, people look at my work and have higher expectations. I've raised my prices again, just a little bit. I'm more strict with friend discounts. It's weird that I didn't do free stuff for people as a software engineer, but am expected to as a photographer, despite making more money as a software engineer.

On our way out, we stopped by Grannie D's country restaurant, and some of the guests saw us and our food was comped. What a great group of people!
I like pretty things

Level 1 Improv

So I'm taking Level 1 improv for the third time now... The first time was with Shana Merlin, and then several years later I took it at the Hideout, where Andy and I got to know each other... and this time I'm taking it with Andy again. It's mostly to reconnect with Andy and improv.

The class is a really good group, very competent and maybe only a handful seemed to be new performers. I found myself really comfortable, which is different from my previous level 1s. And when I discovered that I wasn't really afraid, I started to take risks and not premeditate as much. And let my mouth open without a plan in my head, and it was a lot of fun.

It was also fascinating to see people trying to be funny. Andy was teaching the "failure bow". In improv, when you mess up, you take a bow and say "I fail!" And people clap for you. It teaches you to embrace failures and take risks. But some of the people would try to be funny and instead of saying "I fail!", they would try to say something elaborate, or bow really elaborately.

The thing that actually bothered me most was the mirror that covered one side of the class room, and I kept looking at myself. Especially since the student seats faced the mirror. It reminded me of ballet class, which is constant checking of your body and body awareness that I didn't want to have in improv class. I noticed other students checking themselves out as well. Then I started having major self-esteem body issues. But I'm working on it, been counting calories and working out.