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Not sure where to begin

I was so reluctant to inject such a personal post the other day but the positive response I have had to my “Kelly Made Me Do It” post has really caused me to reflect. First, a great big thank you to those of you who responded to that post. Based on the responses I received, I’ve decided I will make an effort to inject an occasional personal-reflection-type of post here from time to time. Since this is where I discuss and promote business, just as we do in an office setting, there is always room for chat around the water cooler or lunch time gab in the lunch room, right? You have spoken and I will respond! Thank you everyone, really, thank you for such warm comments.

My next post really is going to get back to business but this will be just a wee bit more of a non-photography topic. Some of you know that I am genuinely interested in the environment and Mother Nature. I have been concerned about the health of our planet for decades, long before it was ever ‘cool’ to be ‘green’. For over two years I have also written a weekly environment column for a local newspaper. A week after my column is in print, they put the column up on the newspaper’s website. They only archive the columns for a short time online — about 2 months maximum. I’ve had two readers here recently ask me about my column (Everyday Earth Wise), so today I’m posting links to two of my more recent columns. But remember, if you find the information useful and wish to refer to it, please print it out because it will be gone in a couple months! Real Scents of the Season and Oh (Fake) Christmas Tree are both dealing with issues related to this season. Although I definitely admire David Suzuki, you’ll see my columns differ in that they’re much more personal and ‘close to home’ without any evangelism. I wouldn’t be surprised if you consider them a bit folksy.

Something else that I should mention is that I’ve been talked into opening a Facebook account. Yes, can you believe it? I have both a personal account page plus I just started one for my business. Unlike Twitter, which I really really disliked and found a total waste of time, I’m finding Facebook actually of some benefit, not to mention it’s even …dare I say it, enjoyable. Yes, enjoyable. So I welcome each of you to become a fan of my business page. Although it’s pretty bare bones at this baby stage, I do plan to post watermarked images from some of my photo shoots, advance news plus offers that I will have for the photography business, and anything else that fits with Diane Schuller Photography. I’d also be entirely open to any suggestions you may have as well.

Speaking of business (well, you knew I couldn’t completely ignore business, right?) … As I mentioned the next post gets back to business and I also want to give a heads up that I will again be doing a casting call for photo shoot models very soon. So watch for that announcement both here and at my Facebook business page. I’ll be looking for two types of models initially (hint: they’re not very tall and they say the darndest things!). The other important thing about the casting calls is that models actually get paid Β to get their photos taken. Enough of that — watch in the next couple weeks for both casting calls.

Again, thank you to each of you who comes here to read my posts, even if it’s mostly business, but also for your warm comments in the “Kelly Made Me Do It” post.

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“Poplars and Hoar Frost” :: This is a segment of our ‘back yard’, though back yard means something very different when you live in the country!

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Marcie - December 10, 2009 - 10:56 am

Congratulations on taking the giant leap into Facebook. I’ve been encouraged to do the same..but have been – somehow – afraid that it’ll eat up all of my spare time and swallow me alive. Always good to follow-your-lead!!!

don - December 10, 2009 - 11:22 am

A beautiful job of capturing the lacy feel of the hoar frost in these trees. A very appealing image. I read your comment with interest. I like the personal elements injected into the business part of the blog.

DesignTies - December 10, 2009 - 12:03 pm

I love your backyard!! The trees look beautiful covered in snow πŸ™‚ Oh, speaking of which — everything here is now covered with snow too. 22cms of the stuff!! I’m so happy that sharing your seven things turned out to be such a positive experience for you πŸ™‚ Sometimes you discover great things when you move a little bit outside of your comfort zone πŸ™‚

Kelly

P.S. I’ve become a fan on Facebook πŸ™‚

Gayle - December 10, 2009 - 12:09 pm

So beautiful, Diane! I was on facebook, my blog still is, but I deactivated my accounts. It really bugs me that you can’t delete them, only deactivate them. If I ever get back on there, I’ll become your fan!

The Garden Ms. S - December 10, 2009 - 7:52 pm

What a beautiful “backyard”! I bet being out there on a starry night looking up through the frosted trees is really something.

Roberta - December 10, 2009 - 9:34 pm

Gorgeous shot. Is that all the snow you have, or was this taken awhile ago? We’ve got tons and tons of snow now!

Toni - December 14, 2009 - 1:34 am

A truly gorgeous photo, Diane. My son has me convinced to start a Facebook page, but I’m waiting (still) on him to finish my new logo so I can just set it up and go and not have to redo things.

Puna - December 14, 2009 - 7:00 am

That Kelly is something isn’t she? It’s nice to know more about you. And I’ll look for you on Facebook:) Congratulations!

Dave - December 14, 2009 - 1:21 pm

Nice shot. If this is a recent shot you haven’t got any snow compared to us.If history holds true though it is only a matter of time until you do. I agree with you about twitter, it is a total waste of my time. Face book I have but use it infrequently. I like your weekly articles too.

Krista - December 19, 2009 - 2:23 pm

This is beautiful! I can just imagine the amazing muffled silence!