Foolish Freelancers

Are You a Fool?
Life is a journey and you never really get there. Where is there anyway? It’s always changing. Put your foot in the stream and find out.

Foolish Wisdom
There are many references to fools being wise – in Shakespeare’s plays for instance. And jesters in king’s courts were given freedom with their word play. They said things that made everyone laugh, but at the same time contained a kernel of wisdom.

Photo Credit: © Ellen Wilson

Serving it Fresh From Michigan!


Learn to look at things with new eyes. See the shadow play on the water and the light infiltrate through the trees. Can you capture the image? Do you have an idea what it will look like on film? I rarely pose things, but…

Fish Food for Thought
So I play with my food. I know, I know – we are told not to. But food shapes sell right? Think Sponge Bob cereal and Animal Crackers. Where could I use this photo? The image story went like this:

Me: Where did you get that perch on the plate?
Mate: It wasn’t perch. It was blue gill.
Me: What lake?
Mate: I’m not going to tell you that so you can broadcast it on the web. Too many people are lazy and want to know what lake to fish in so they can drop a line. Let them work for it.

Trade Secrets
There are none. No one can wave a magic wand and make you an excellent writer or photgrapher. You do it all yourself. You decide how badly you want it and how much energy you have to devote towards morphing yourself into a successful entrepreneur. You can learn all the tips and tricks you need by educating yourself.

Photo Credit:   © Ellen Wilson

Taking Care of Business

Meet the New Boss…

I’m still trying to find the free in freelance. Freelancing requires a lot of diligence. No one is standing over you telling you you have to get back to work. Your day isn’t planned out for you. You have to organize your day yourself. I constantly feel like I never have enough time. And you have to be very conscious of how you spend your time. . I have to juggle the process of getting quick work, versus working on projects for the long term. Working for yourself requires a lot of education, creativity, and ingenuity.

Blog Advice

My aim is too entertain and inspire. I can’t help it. It’s the teacher in me. I have recently purchased a Canon CanoScan 8800F to organize all of my slides and negatives. I think this machine does a good job for the price, but is is slooooww! And scanning all of my work has taken a lot more time then I thought it would – and I’m still going at it.

Organization is Key

I organize my thoughts around my photos. I’m primarily a visual person, and I’m sure you are too. We are hard-wired as humans to be visual beings, but as a photographer you have to organize all of this visual stimulus.

I was sitting in front of the British Museum with my camera and a group of school kids were running around on the front lawn. I knew there were some excellent photo ops inherent in the situation. I needed to wait. I needed the kids to arrange themselves into a good photo, into a good composition. Perfect alignment, and then, Snap!  Elation and Relief.

Photo Credit: © Ellen Wilson