[ focus ] – …and Bella the Jedi Dog
Posted on 28 April 2012
We should all be focused on goals. I don’t necessarily mean goals in the BIG way, but also in small ways. It’s amazing where you will find yourself when you accomplish meaningful, bite size things every day (with the big picture in mind). Over time I have discovered that it pays dividends in so many ways, personally, artistically, socially, with my growing family, and in my professional growth.
Today’s goal is a new website. Maybe not so small but really meaningful, and worth the work. After several months of deliberation, and looking at options to code it myself, hire it out, or go with a pre-coded solution, I signed up with A Photo Folio.
I’ve used Zenfolio for quite a while for proofing and delivery, and I like it reasonably well for that purpose. I also tried very hard to like Photoshelter as a complete solution, tried LiveBooks on for size, and never really felt that they hit the mark close enough to warrant the investment. So I built my own main site and WordPress templates from scratch (twice), and kept it up the hard way. Then, earlier this year, I discovered A Photo Folio. A real contender was on the table, just as I was crossing a professional milestone, and coming upon a looming goal: updating my website.
So I will officially be undergoing the big transfer and update over this weekend. I’m thrilled and excited, to say the least. Look here for the new site in a few days!
Oh, and, anyway, the picture.
This is Bella. She was my constant companion on a backyard photo shoot a few weeks ago, and she found the tennis balls that I keep in my gear bag as umbrella shaft bumpers. (That’s another story of course.) She would get one out of the bag, toss it around, lose it in the pool, and stare at it like this until it practically levitated back to her. I swear I’ve never seen so much focus and willpower in my life. Of course, I’ve never had a dog dig into the bottom of my gear bag before either. The tennis balls were at the bottom, buried under a bunch of clamps and other stuff.
So I need to buy more tennis balls. This one is now the property of Bella, the Jedi dog. She got that ball, without getting wet, several times, and she never once looked back at me for help. Now that’s focus.