So, I had such a wonderful week and weekend. Not that I don’t normally enjoy my weeks and weekends, but it’s always nice to have a change of pace. If you read my blog last week, you know that I participated in an artist’s reception on Monday. If not, I’ll give you a quick synopsis of it. Two fellow photographers and I are participating in Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Our exhibit is called LYRICAL and is on display at the Embry Hills Library on Chamblee-Tucker Road. Now through the month of November, there will be multiple photography events. There are also a plethora of exhibits that have all types of photography on display. I would love to give you a list of everything but I just don’t have that kind of time or space. Instead, check out https://acpinfo.org/ for all that you need to know. There are so many talented photographers here in Atlanta and I think you should enjoy as much of it as you can.
The next wonderful thing was that fall break started for DeKalb County schools, meaning my week of having to wake up at 5:40 a.m. was shortened. You just don’t know how much I hate waking up that early. It is the bane of my existence! When we leave the house it looks like nighttime. When I head back home, it still looks like nighttime. I feel like I’m sneaking out or something. So, when I found out it was fall break and no school on Thursday, Friday or Monday, I was ecstatic! Seriously, I really like my sleep. You might ask why I didn’t know about fall break. My best answer is, I couldn’t tell you. I guess I just wasn’t keeping up with the schedule as I normally do. I thought my son would have told me but he seemed just as surprised as I was. And because there was no school on Thursday, that allowed me to go out with my best friend, who I wrote about, also. Click here for her blog.
As I mentioned, my best friend invited me for an evening out. She sent me a text on Wednesday morning to see if I was available that evening to go to a play. Since my son didn’t have school, I didn’t have to worry about needing to go to bed at a certain time. Very rarely am I available during a school night to do anything fun. I must admit that it has gotten easier to go out during the week since my son is now 14 but it can still be a challenge. I like how my son’s fall break worked in my favor. Anyway, she and I went to see Skintight by Joshua Harmon at Actor’s Express. This was my first time attending a black box theater and I like it. The closeness to the actors lets you enjoy the play in an immersive way. The play was so funny and entertaining. I would suggest you go see it but the last day was October 13th. Now, I’m looking forward to another play there.
Now here’s something funny and a bit unexpected. I did a little bit of modeling on Saturday. If you know anything about me, you know that I really don’t like having my picture taken. I do it because I believe it’s important for my family. It’s important to show that I existed. I believe that for everyone. What’s different about this is that I did some modeling for stock photography. Lately, people have been requesting that I do some modeling. Evidently, “seasoned models” are in. A while ago when I was asked, I turned it down after I agreed to a test shoot. It was fun but I didn’t know how it would affect my schedule. That’s when I was told that I could be blocking my blessings. I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want to block my blessings. Besides, perhaps I should try it again. I tried it when I was in my early 20s but I didn’t enjoy it. I didn’t like having all of that attention on me. To this day, I still don’t like having all of that attention on me but I’m used to it. In my former life as a software consultant, I used to train groups of people on software and manage process sessions, so I got used to all of the attention. To be honest, I actually had fun. Mostly it was because the people I was working with were fun. It was very loose and relaxed and I appreciated that. Will I do it again? It is quite possible. I was a doctor this time, so it will be interesting to see who I’ll be next time. By the way, try not to focus too much on the eyebrows. I know it’s difficult but do your best.
Lastly, I attended AfroPunk later that Saturday. Just so you know, AfroPunk isn’t necessarily my scene but I went to support my friends Reg and Kahran of CreativeSoul Photography. They had a photo booth set up there and were doing a live children’s photography session. The children they had to photograph were awesome! One had elaborately styled hair and she wore a dress made out of bubble wrap. Yes, I said bubble wrap, like what you’d use to cushion delicate things for shipping. They were just too cute! I took it upon myself to capture some behind the scenes for them. I figured I should make myself useful while I was hanging out. I didn’t take my camera because I was advised against it but there was plenty to see. AfroPunk is one of the best places to be for people watching. Even though I didn’t stay too long, I still enjoyed myself.
Below is the bubble wrap dress. Isn’t it amazing?
Sunday and Monday were pretty normal. My family and I had planned on attending the fall festival on Ponce but it rained. I ended up staying at home doing laundry and baking cookies. Not as exciting as anything else I did previously but it wasn’t necessarily bad. There are other things that I dislike way more than doing laundry. Anyway, it was a fantastic week and I look forward to having another one real soon. This weekend I will be photographing an adorable 6-month-old. I am seriously looking forward to that! In the meantime, why don’t you let me know how last week and weekend went for you. I would love to read about it.