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+Laura, Atlanta Wedding Photographer, Atlanta Event photographer

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Sometimes you need to go and feed a giraffe.

Sometimes life starts to get so crazy that you begin having a hard time keeping up with yourself…

Atlanta, Wedding, Photographer, Editorial, Vintage, +Laura, LeahAndMark.comSince my SXSW tour in Austin, life has been quite a whirlwind… So much so, that recently I decided that I needed to buy a daily planner so that I could keep my life a bit more organized… Upon purchase, I promptly began to fill said planner with all the “stuff” I felt I needed to do on a daily basis. Upon review, my head went straight back into whirlwind mode after realizing there was no time for “me”. So, back to the car where I decided to drive to Phoenix and Dragon to purchase books about how to make my life less hectic.

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From Book 1:

Chapter 1: “How to make your life less hectic”
Suggestion 1: “Stop filling in your daily planner with the “stuff” you feel you “need” to do”


Admittedly, I’ve been away from the virtual world as I’ve been trying to figure out how to make everything in life that I want to do work together. Whenever you decide to take a plunge and turn a hobby into a career, you are going to have some serious growing pains. And, if your’e anything like me, you want everything to happen RIGHT NOW! I have wanted to accept every photo opportunity that has come my way all the while thinking I’m Wonder Woman (which I’ve been told I bear a striking resemblance to Ms. Linda Carter.) But, the reality is, is that you can’t be everything to everyone because then you end up being nothing to no one.

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Atlanta, Wedding, Photographer, Editorial, Vintage, +Laura, LeahAndMark.comUntil now, I felt that becoming a better photographer meant filling my planner with as many shoots as I could squeeze into one calendar day, week, month, etc… However, I have realized that the two do not go hand in hand. Photography is about slowing down instead of speeding up. Sometimes you have to step back and wait for the perfect moment to capture the “right moment at the right time” shots instead of shooting incessantly. Or sometimes you have to say no to people that are requesting your services because you know you need time to research, study, or just do a shoot for yourself in order to become a more focused, productive, and healthy person.

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Sometimes, you have to say, “Im sorry, but I must go feed a giraffe right now.”

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Happy, calm, focused, ADD, excited, serene, serious, jaded, exasperated, overwhelmed…

What do all of these emotions have in common? They could all be seen on the faces of the attendees of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival 2011. I myself experienced all of these emotions, if not more, during my 2 week stint in Austin, Texas. This was the first time I would attend this amazing conference that brings together the interactive, film, and music industries and I could not have been more unprepared for what was in store. I can’t imagine that any newcomer could possibly know what is to come when they sign up to attend; it’s unlike any other experience…

To try and give you an idea of the insanity, I couldn’t think of another place on the planet where I could photograph Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman) and Mike Tyson all in the same day.

Almost everyone at SXSW is excited to be away from the hum drum world of traveling road shows that happen to hit their particular town on any given night. SWSX is a full on 2 week sensory circus of the highest and most fantastic order.

When there, you forget:
1. That you are in fact in Texas
2. That this isn’t your true reality. That second one hits you pretty quick when you get back on the plane to go home.

Albeit all the amazing ideas, sounds, and sights that are experienced, it’s truly the people that make your time there memorable. Everyone has their own agenda and reason for attending, but they also all share in the notion that they are there to exchange new and creative ideas in their fields and that those will hopefully one day infect the rest of the world in the most positive of ways. And in between those new songs, movies, and movements being explored, you party…hard!

If there is a conclusion to be drawn about my Austin adventure…

As a photographer at SXSW, you are afforded a ton of opportunities to capture crazy, amazing, and exciting moments. I got more of those opportunities than I ever could have expected…and so much more. Thank you Austin…you truly were everything I never expected.

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