The SOAR Photography Exercise #1 is about doing the deeper work. Here's what Me Ra Koh instructed us to do: "The first SOAR! Photography Exercise is a Self Portrait Photography Exercise. You will take TWO Self Portraits. One image will have you in the photo. The second one will be an object that symbolizes you. Both Self Portraits are meant to document where you are in your journey of life. When you think about this present season of life–this monumental moment in your journey of being committed to SOAR!, being on your way to become a successful photographer…How do you feel? Are you excited, afraid, alone? What colors are you wearing? If we saw your true insides, what would they look like right now? What object would symbolize this time in life? What angle would you shoot it from and why?"
Here I am. I applied for the SOAR! Scholarship for the past two years. I was not chosen as a SOAR Scholarship recipient. Last year, I followed the SOAR! Blog and was totally jealous of the three women that won. I wished I was in their shoes, working hard, going to workshops, doing photo shoots, getting business coaching, building their photography business. I did a couple of the SOAR! exercises but then my excitement for completing the SOAR assignments fizzled out once my baby girl was born in May. Taking care of my family of five is so much work. I knew that taking care of my family was the most important thing to do at that time. But 2011 is a new year. A year for SOARing. My baby is more independent now, my oldest child is in all day kindergarten, and my 3 year old is so photogenic. Good things come to those who wait, right?! I am completely on board to challenge myself, to study, to retain the information I learn about the technicalities of my camera, and to come to know myself and how I want to run my photography business.
Here is the object that symbolizes me at this time in my life: