Taking Time for Yourself

March 04, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

Sometimes, its just important to take time for yourself.  In the midst of a stressful workload at work, a large project around the rebuild of my basement and some other little things that seem to be adding up to a large mountain of stuff…I realized last night that I needed a little time for myself.

When you feel stressed out, you really should take some time out of your day to be a little selfish and to give yourself a little break.  This little bit of wisdom  isn’t specific to photography, or any art form….just something relative to your life in general.  But in the case of my photography, I feel that my work is much better when I’m happier.  And the only way to be happier is to have some “me” time every once in a while.

Now the naysayers will jump all over me.  They might ask “What about my family?”  My family is always in the forefront of my mind.  But realize this – if you’re not happy because you haven’t been able to get out shooting, your family won’t be happy.  Besides, I’m not talking about taking all your free time away from your family, just a few hours a week should be a nice balance.

So last night, after a work related event in the city (Philadelphia) I spent about 45 minutes with my camera and tripod collecting some night photography shots.  I’m glad I did.  Not only did I get some shooting in, but I learned a little bit more about the area where I was, and it will likely become another regular stop in my shooting agenda.  It’s always great to explore.  And I returned home a much happier person.

As for the shots, I hope to have one or two of them finished up and posted later this week.

About the Author

D. Travis North is a professional Landscape Architect, a Freelance Photographer and founder of Shutter Photo. Ever since he picked up his first SLR, his father's Nikon N2000, he's been hooked on photography. Travis likes to photograph urban environments, architectural details and has a new-found interest in close-up photography. His work can be found at D. Travis North Photography. Follow Travis on twitter: @dtnorth.