no photos, just living

October 15, 2010 |  Category:   life

I haven’t taken any photos or carried my camera anywhere lately which is a such a change from the summer when I took photos every single day. Like most things, I think oversaturation led me wanting to put the camera down. It’s almost like I was living and doing stuff just to get an interesting photo. I didn’t want to miss capturing anything. I think the worst moment was when I brought the wrong camera battery charger on our West Coast trip this summer and I had a mild panic attack when I found out that I didn’t bring the right charger. As it turns out Cannon has about a dozen different batteries and chargers so I just couldn’t borrow one from someone with a Cannon camera. I hunted a charger down the next morning, drove to Best Buy and paid a premium price for a new universal charger (so hey, if you’re traveling with me, you can leave yours at home ’cause I can charge just about anything now, even in the car).

It feels good to leave the house with a lighter load and not be in photo taking mode all the time. You know, just living life and letting things happen without viewing it from behind a lens.

If I’m not around this space as often in the next few weeks (months) it’s because I just got slammed with work. Like scary freak out amounts of work from 3 different clients. I realized that blogging is contributing to my general lack of sleep since I often won’t start writing till midnight. Some posts are quick, but others take hours to write. I really need to learn how to sleep more. That said, I think I might be ready to take some photos again.

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  • Melissa Allam October 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a month now. I just love the way you right. It’s like I can sink right into it and read it like a book. I’m not sure how I stumbled upon your blog, but I’ve seen your store whimsey and spice on etsy and am craving for some of those marshmallows. I live near the Seattle area and got caught up in reading about your summer adventures here in Seattle and was even more intrigued with your younger days here in school. I just wanted to leave you a note and let you know you definately have the talent for book writing and that your blog is a nice break from looking at too many pretty design pictures. I know what you mean by too much saturation. Have a great weekend.

  • Jenna October 15, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks Melissa for such a nice note. Have a great weekend too. Say hello to seattle for me.

  • mau October 16, 2010 at 12:27 am

    i spent the whole summer taking photos too…now it’s been lying there without a charge for the past month or so. i keep meaning to charge it and capture moments again but i find i’m enjoying those special moments more when i don’t have to scramble for the camera.

  • maja October 16, 2010 at 3:31 am

    take care of yourself!

  • Damaris October 16, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    yeah I totally know the feeling. I remember doing this “awesome” activity with my son where I colored his footsteps. I had this notion of how colorful it would be and what a nice picture it would make and kept freaking out when my son colored out of the lines. Hell-O he’s 4! And why and I doing this anyway? Here i am trying do document my son’s life and not really letting him live it

    I try to relax more without taking a gazzilion pictures.

  • janice October 17, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Yes I totally agree. I only bring my camera out when I go on holidays. Other than that, I try to ‘take in the moment’ without any cameras around. Especially fireworks, sceneries etc.

  • Chuzai Living October 18, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I carry my camera everywhere now just like you said that I didn’t miss capturing anything especially since I’ve moved to a new country. You never know when the photo opportunity is. I do put it down sometimes when I have way too many photos to edit. I hope you’ll get more sleep. Rest well. Good luck with your work projects & I hope you’ll recover from cold soon…

  • Karyn November 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Why I have been absent from your blog for so long is a mystery to me. Every time I stop by I find a dozen or a hundred things to comment on or to simply enjoy/appreciate/relate to. I have mixed race daughters that are the same age as yours and I used to work as a pastry chef pre-kiddos. Thanks for being here and sharing your work and life with us.
    P.S.- I too traveled this summer without my camera’s battery charger and called everyone around to see if I could borrow their Canon charger. I also found out that they do indeed make MANY different batteries and ended up buying that universal, expensive charger.