Sunday, March 30, 2008

Feeling a bit lost...

I want to put out a few updates on what's been going on with the blog, and the business, because I know it's been a while since I've posted anything here. I promise, there won't be any more droughts like this anytime soon. Oddly enough, I check my own blog fairly regularly and seeing the same post on top for nearly two weeks has really been bothering me. More detail, and an action plan, after the jump.

Most of the reason I've gone dark has been my work schedule at the real job. You know, the one that pays my bills (most of the time). I was transferred back to day shift two weeks ago, and I've been trying to catch up on a lot of things there, which has tied me up from 4am until about 5 or 6 pm every day since then. We've had a rough couple of weeks. So leaving for work at 3:15 am, getting home at 6:30 or 7pm, and trying to be a dad hasn't left much time for business building.

My landlord and I reached an agreement and he signed the forms that will allow me to operate a business with my rented house as the listed address. I have to fix a couple of appliances, but at least my rent isn't going up (for now).

I still need to contact the city and find out what documentation is needed to certify my disabled veteran status, which will eliminate most of the filing costs for the business license. Once I've got this taken care of I'll file and Cycle 61 Photography will be official!

I've been playing quite a bit with the small softbox, and the more I use it the more I love the light it gives me. The little 12x16 job is easy to handhold, and for individuals or small tabletop setups it's awesome. It's also light enough to dangle on the end of a thin lightstand, like I did for the kids painting easter eggs here. Pricey for the size at ~$70, but the light is much better controllable than a shoot-through umbrella. I'm definitely addicted, I want to try a bigger one!

I'm going to get back in gear with the business stuff over the next week (hopefully I'll be able to cut back to less than 14 hour days at work) and there will be many updates as things continue to evolve. Thanks for your patience, all!


Anonymous said...

Welcome back, I enjoy your posts. Which brand of soft box is that, and is that an AB Strobe that you are using?

Nick Davis said...

Hey, thanks! It's good to know that somebody noticed...
The softbox is a PhotoFlex LightDome Q39 extra small, and the strobe is a Nikon SB-800. I'm pretty sure my lightstand would fold up if I tried to support an AB strobe with it leaned over like that. A much more solid lightstand and a boom are on the wish list.