Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sunday #73: Crossroads

Hi, I'm Alyse, and I have a coffee shop + pastry problem.  Ok, really just this one shop because the coffee is freshly roasted every day, I go there so much that I have A Spot, and know all the staff.  Look, we all need our sanctuary spaces and this happens to be mine on the weekends (or weekday mornings occasionally when I want to do computer work).  I swear this is 90% of my feed and stories.  That being said, I haven't done a Sunday post since January, so here goes the catch up!  I think telling y'all I've been busy is kind of a given because there's always something that needs doing.  I'm hunkered down over writing, poring over the literature, and generally looking for different ways to get my projects moving.  Sorry if that's intentionally vague, but hope you understand.  On a more personal end, less full-time work focused end, there's a bit to catch up on!

I.  I've done about four photoshoots in the past month between photographing Taylor, doing my friend's headshots, a Women's Day event at Flywheel Sports in Seattle, and recently, a collaboration with Aiko.  With the exception of Aiko, the shoots were all kind of on the fly.  The Flywheel Sports one was the most challenging because I've never had to shoot in a dark room before and had to push outside of my natural light comfort zone to work with (built-in) flash.  I'm at a crossroads where I'm debating if I should invest in a full-frame camera and start advertising for more paid gigs or to continue this solely as a hobby with the occasional job.  The difficult thing is that this would be entirely freelance and always come second to my full-time job.

II.  I redid my blog layout (again!) and got my photo website back up and running.  One thing I struggle with is the direction I want to take Lumière & Lens.  On the one hand, I write conversationally and love to connect with readers, but on the other, I want to create more curated content.  At the moment, I write these posts like a train-of-thought.  For the future, I'm thinking of a fitness and photography series, but have to figure out how it will fit into the overall theme.  How do I better my "brand"?!

III.  Speaking of fitness, I can now say that I'm a verifiable gym rat because I've kept pretty well to my resolution this year of exercising more.  With few exceptions, I've managed to exercise 5 to 6 times a week since the beginning of January.  If you're interested, I post tidbits of exercise here.  This past week, I tried barre and spin, both for the first time!  I'm drafting posts on those experiences.  All in all, I can say I LOVE exercise because it's become a meditative space for me.  I've still got insulation, but I also have more strength and muscle than I have had in my entire life.

IV.  Spring has officially arrived in Seattle. Whilst everyone is rejoicing the arrival of longer days and the sunshine, I'm already missing the winter.  We had a big blizzard that was dubbed Snowmageddon2019 where the city effectively shut down this year and I loved it.  As a person who is perpetually warm, I love the cold and snow!  Future plans: move to the Arctic Circle.

I have to sign off and get some work done before my spin class this afternoon.  Tell me what you've been up to in the comments!

Saturday, March 09, 2019


I recently met Taylor, a fellow photographer in Seattle. We both do photography for fun.  In general, my time has been largely committed to work, exercise, and decompression.  Honestly, if you don't work at my job, the gym, or my favorite coffee shop, then you haven't seen much of me at all.  I haven't made concrete plans for quite a while, but since this fellow artist was in the neighborhood, we had an impromptu trade shoot (time for prints, you know the drill).  Here are some of my favorite photographs from the day!  

I'll post some of my favorite shots he took of me soon, too, though you know I'd much rather share images of others than of myself.  Let me know what you think of these?