So, welcome to my brand new website/blog! It's been so long since I've had a new design for a site, or have even blogged. I used to be so good about that! And with this new chapter in my life, I think I have a good reason to pick up where I left off with all of that.
I thought for a while about which photo I wanted to post for my very first entry for this blog. It dawned on me, that even though I use this for my facebook cover photo, and it's several years old - it is probably the most fitting for this entry. If you asked me what my favorite photo that I've ever taken, without hesitation I'd show you the one above. It's not because it looks amazing or anything (although I think it's pretty cool looking :)) - it's really more about what it represents for me. It's kind of the culmination of my favorite things in life.
Back in 2009, I had an opportunity to perform at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. Even though I was the lead singer in that situation, and not tucked away in the background - I had to bring my DSLR camera out with me. I mean, how often was it that I was going to get an opportunity like that? At the time, the camera was fairly new, and so i wasn't even all too familiar with how it functioned. After one of the songs, I asked the production booth to help light up the audience ever so perfectly, so I can take that photo. I fidgeted w/ the settings on my camera because I was never in a situation like that before. I messed up the first few times, so the audience just waited, put up their hands and waved while I figured things out. It's kind of like something you should never do on stage - but it was absolutely worth it for me. Why? It was about grabbing hold of an opportunity even though it was inconvenient and tricky to pull off. And this very idea has become one of the most important lessons I've learned about art in the last few years.
The late Mitch Hedberg once told this joke in one of his stand up acts: "Sometimes when I think of a good joke when I'm lying on the bed, and the pen and paper are all the way across the room, I just have to convince myself that it wasn't that funny of a joke". If you see the ideas coming together in your mind, you just have to go for it. You just might not have the same exact chance again. So, it is vital that we get good "snapshots" whenever, and wherever we are. I hope to do that a lot more in this next chapter of my life as I venture into full time photography. And with the flexibility of work schedule, I do hope to work on more music and put some of it out there soon.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you come back often. I'll be sure to share my "snapshots" along the way, as often as I can.