Hello, again ... and thank you, next!

BY DOMINIQUE JAMES

To say that it has been a while is an understatement.

I was doing something doggedly on this blog for more than two straight years, and it wasn’t going anywhere.

So, I stopped and took time off to re-think my approach.

Here we are, the year 2018 drawing to a close, with 2019 hot on its heels—the perfect time to prime the “blogging” pump, so to speak.

As you might expect, things didn’t come to a complete standstill when I stopped blogging.

In fact, I actually got very busy doing all sort of stuff. As they say, life happened:

This is an Apple AirPod case from  Moore & Giles , one of the photo images I recently posted on my constantly updated  Instagram  account.

This is an Apple AirPod case from Moore & Giles, one of the photo images I recently posted on my constantly updated Instagram account.

  • I had a one-man museum fine art photography show featuring large color print formal portraits of 24 Filipina women I admire in little community in the United States. It turned out to be the most well-attended exhibition opening in the museum’s history. And I count myself lucky to have received so much support for this month-long exhibit.

  • I got myself a couple of drones and started flying these damn things all over the place. And yes, it’s a lot of fun.

  • I revisited and re-evaluated the stock photography industry and thought it best to jump into the fray once more (with the right approach, this time) through Getty, Adobe, Shutterstock, and Alamy.

  • I made sure that my official online portfolio is regularly updated, all the while keeping up with my social media game on Instagram and elsewhere.

  • I also made sure to brush up, advance and refine my knowledge stock and skills set. I picked up a couple of certificates—one from New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, and another from Duke University, Emory University, and The University of North Carolina on Chapel Hill. I also re-learned Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and others.

  • I’ve beefed up my professional photography gear for both in-studio and location work with lots of significant upgrades.

  • Best of all, I think—I picked up more gigs.

Not bad, eh, for the things I was able to do. But the question begs to be asked: What for? Well, I can only think of one answer, then and now—for the love of it!

At the cusp of 2019, it’s time to move on again.

Ariana Grande puts it best: Thank you, next!