It is days like these when home feels far away.
Five hour classes are long for many but a 10 hour day, hardly a lunch break and an intense critique after having spent most of your waking hours in a digital lab color correcting prints is intense. As much as I can stand lugging equipment around shoot after shoot–slung over my left shoulder, personal bag strapped across my torso, tripod clutched tight underneath my right arm–it’s tiring. As much as I love it I most of the time fail to even realize how much time I am putting into these projects. I fail to remember that the day before yesterday I was in a naturally lit room shooting portraits of a woman in her home environment. I forget sometimes that on that same day I dragged my equipment back to my apartment and then ran over to the labs to scan everything for hours. My memory fails me sometimes, neglecting to remind me that yesterday after work I grabbed dinner and then once again sat, for what felt like 15 minutes: but was really about 5 hours–color correcting.
I forget sometimes how much work I put into these things and how much I try. So today like me, I hope all of you can step back and give yourselves a break. Grab a cup of tea or a hot co-coa and just relax.