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what will they think of next?

My world just changed. Yesterday, I added the Hipstamatic app to my iPhone camera app collection (thanks to the recommendation of my Twitter pal, @littlepurplecow.) This is the first photo I took with my new app – a view of my dining room from the comfort of my couch. Pretty cool, huh? And today, I learned that Squarespace finally has an app which means I can post photos and thoughts when I’m on the go (like I am right now)! Dangerous, I tell you! I warn you, my blog posts might be getting more frequent and sometimes more brief, but promise to be full of iphoneography goodness. Stay tuned!

slice of life tuesday :: lamps

Everywhere I look lately, I see super-cool lamps. Maybe it’s because I’ve been keeping my eye out for fun things to photograph or maybe it’s because it’s been pretty gray here in Seattle (surprise, surprise), but I’ve been gravitating towards anything that gives off light.

For instance, I spotted these polka-dot lovelies the other day on a visit to a cute coffee shop.
I wanted to take them home with me, but I don’t think the cafe owner would have liked that.

And then there were these funky lamps. They reminded me of some sort of sea creature.

And this one is made of clothes pins. Clothes pins!

So for this week’s Slice of Life challenge, tune into the indoor light you see in your every day life. Photograph lamps and light fixtures and lanterns, oh my!

I announce a new challenge every Tuesday, so if you’d like to participate,
pop over to Flickr and join the group!

{All photos in this post were photographed with my iPhone. I’ve been having so much fun with my iPhone camera and don’t always have my fancy camera with me.
I promise to share some “fancy” photos soon!
Check back tomorrow when I’ll be sharing photos from my first “official” portrait shoot! Wahoo!}

patience-shmatience

I’ve been thinking a lot about the nasty “P” word (patience) lately and trying reeeeeally hard to actually do it. I’ve heard that patience is a virtue and good things come to those who wait and blahblahblah. That’s all well and good, but I gotta be honest. Right now I just want to fast forward to the next phase. I’m at point B, but I desperately want to be at point C. I’d even settle for point B and a 1/2!

Lately, I’ve been a bit down on myself, feeling like things are moving like molasses. I’ve started having weekly “what the heck am I doing?” conversations with my husband (which are super-fun, let me tell you) and are often followed by “you’re the best husband ever” conversations. Seriously, he should win an award. The conversations usually end with deep breaths and a reassurance that I’m on the right path. I just have to keep moving forward, be patient, and it will all work out.

But I’ve been feeling a little icky about this “patience” thing. Maybe even a little resentful. When people ask how the new photography business is going, I find myself telling them that things are moving slowly and I’m “trying to be patient.” But that feels so passive to me. It almost feels like an apology. I associate patience with waiting. And waiting feels so passive. And then I discovered this quote by Auguste Rodin:

Patience is also a form of action.

And something in me snapped. Why does patience have to be passive? Why does it have to be associated with waiting for the good thing to happen? Or not moving fast enough? Why does it have to be associated with struggle and wishing things would change already?

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Life is all about choices. And those choices can be framed positively or negatively. So as I put one foot in front of the other and move forward, I will continue being patient. I admit it’s a required ingredient when building something new. But instead of patience being a reaction, it will be an action. It will be a purposeful, positive choice. Take THAT, patience!