Realization

Have you ever had those moments where you figured out what you exactly what you wanted to do with your life? Or least you realized something you liked about yourself? Well I had one early this month. I had received my first Dance Photography job for a showcase event at a local studio back in November. The event was set for December 14th, so I had about a month to get really really nervous prepare.

When the day came, I was completely excited, and super nervous at the same time. I really wanted to make a good impression with the studio and dance professionals I was working with as well as the dancers, and parents of dancers who attended. Who wouldn’t be nervous about that? I made it through the event with only a minor crisis regarding memory cards and me not realizing that I reached capacity until I tried taking more pictures and I got the cute little “CF FULL” where my light meter should have been… Luckily no one noticed, except for those closest to me and my computer.

For four hours I was living my dream. I was taking photos basically non-stop (my only breaks were the 1-2minutes between sets). And it wasn’t just mindless snapping of photos either. Between focusing, zooming, and making sure my camera was receiving enough light, my brain was thinking at a mile a minute (and that’s more than I can say for my current day job). By the end of it my head was spinning, not only because I saw that I had taken about 930 photos during those four short hours, but also because how much I actually did during the day, and how much I had to be on top of my game. It truly was an exhausting experience for those who haven’t experienced anything like that before.

But being exhausted wasn’t a bad thing for me. I was incredibly happy as well. It was in that cold hobble¬†walk back to my car, and relatively quick (but sleepy) drive home did I realize that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Sure, I knew abstractly that Dancesport Photography is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but actually living it completely set that into stone. There are no questions, no ifs, ands, or buts.

I am so grateful that I was able to have this experience, and to have been able to share my love of dance and photography with the dancers in my local community. I am also proud to say that I was able to network at the event and am looking forward to the future.

If you want to see the photos from the event, go a head and check out my new website for my business: Anastasia Poulos Photography. I hope to add a blogging section to that website too where I will go into more details about the events I shoot at. Also feel free to stop by my Facebook Page and give it a “Like” and my Indiegogo Campaign!

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Hello Everyone

I am so sorry that I have disappeared for about two months. Since my class ended I haven’t produced much art. I did take some pretty cool photographs on the 4th of July, but I have yet to load them onto my computer. I cannot seem to find my card reader. As soon as I do I will pick a photo to upload and write about.

In other news, I should be posting on here a bit more regularly with school coming up. I will be taking 3 art classes this semester, Black and White Photography 1, Digital Media Fundamentals, and Painting. I will be posting some of my work here as well as describing what we are doing in the classes.

I am super excited for my Photography class. I took two photo classes back in high ¬†school, and this will be my first time back in a dark room in about three-ish years. In high school, the dark room was my home away from home. It was my sanctuary where I could blast my music and tune out everything bad going on in my life. I hope this will be a similar experience. Lets just say I’ve already geeked out over the fact that my photography professor has already put most of our assignments, the syllabus, and materials list on our school’s online system, ELMS.

Hope to be posting soon and looking forward to connecting with more of you. Please let me know in the comments below if you want me to focus on one particular class or share the posts equally between the three classes, or have one main class while still posting tidbits from the other two.

Thanks!