Due to other commitments I have not been able to shoot much over the last year. Photography has been a passion of mine for quite some time now, and to be honest I miss being able to shoot like I used to. Over the last year I’ve actually considered giving it up. Partially because of lack of time and partially because of the rise of social networking. As afore mentioned unfortunately I simply don’t have the free time to create the work I love. Given the opportunity I’d get right back out there again, lay on the ground and shoot some pics. However, the rise of social networking has meant a decline in request for physical prints, which to a photographer is your bread and butter. But could it possibly be so bad that I should give it up?? Should I let this colossus run me over and end what I so love to do? No way, no how. It’s not going to happen. I came across this shot a couple nights ago and decided to tweak it. I thought to myself I did this shot over 2 or 3 years ago, and I still find it a striking shot today. It was just a simple in studio shot of model, Michelle Dominguez. I like the connection she had with the camera. I gave the image a sephia tone to give a vintage type of feel. To me it adds to the pose. In it she’s not looking so much like a model, just simple shot of her hugging her knees. Yet it’s also warm and welcoming. A shot that’s just pleasant to the eyes. Around the time when I shot this image, I was on a photographic upswing. I could create any idea I came up with. I was at the very top of my hierarchy of needs, self actualization. I was at peace. How could I possibly give this up? This is what I do. I am photographer. Plain and simple. I shall achieve my peace again.