If I (Becky) had the pleasure of sitting down with you this week, here are a few things that might come up…
What I’m reading: Same as last week. Also ruminating on this quote by Andy Warhol: “Making money is art. And working is art. And good business is the best art.” I really dislike the false dichotomy that is often drawn between the arts and the rest of the world, and the assumption that to excel in or appreciate the arts is mutually exclusive with being successful or interested in the sciences, math, or business. My older brother is an engineer and one of the most creative, free-thinking, expressive people that I know. Susie and I really, really love the art of photography but we also really, really love bringing creative approaches to growing a business that will stand out in a saturated industry and address the unique needs of both our clients and our families. It pleased me to read that one of our country’s most iconic artists acknowledged that building a successful business is akin to being an artist: a creative, flexible, innovative contributor to society.
Highlight of my week: Gardening! People who read this blog way back when recall that one of my favorite hobbies was gardening. But John and I welcomed our fourth child about the same time that my and Susie’s photography business began taking off about the same time that we began a house search in earnest, then moved, and it all just got pushed to the back. This summer I’ve slowly ventured back in with some simple container gardening at first by mixing/matching lots of annuals, vines, and herbs, and then by planting a large garden surrounding a lamp post in my front yard. Lots and lots of watering time on summer evenings always makes me feel connected to my maternal grandmother and have been the most wonderful, peaceful respites in a busy summer. 🙂
Little luxuries: The previous owners of our house had the foresight to install beautiful colored lights in our pool. At first this seemed embarrassingly “fancy” (and it still kind of does), but kids LOVE playing in the lit water at night. There were many hours of Marco Polo played by purple pool light this past weekend 🙂
Hoping for: A good summer storm to cool things off and cut through some of this humidity. Love that pre-storm wind. Just not on Sunday, when we’ll be photographing Sangchen and Michael’s wedding!
Don’t miss: Courtney and Will’s GORGEOUS wedding!!!! Rain showers didn’t slow them down at all – and made me wish it had rained on my wedding day!!!
Pictured today: I cut all the blooms off the flowers in my new garden today so that they can focus all their energy on rooting and establishing. Lots of little bouquets all over the house now!