Its been almost 2 years since I decided to take the plunge and try blogging. I came to OS because I was already familar with the site. Someone I know and admire posts regularly on here and I thought, "What the heck? What have I got to lose?" As I started to create my profile I had to think, "What do I call this?" Somehow the name "A Simple Shutterbug" popped into my head and it just felt right.
Photography has been my passion for more than 25 years but to be honest its been 80% hobby and only 20% profession. I've dabbled in portraits and wedding photography but its not something I enjoy. Many years ago a friend who was a freelance graphic artist asked me to do some photos for a publication she was working on. I got to wander around shooting photos of Washington DC at sunrise and got paid for it. I thought, "Hey, this isn't bad".
At that time, we came up with the name "What if...Photography" for my up and coming business, it went along with her company, "Big If Studio". We worked on few projects but eventually, she gave up her freelancing and I went back to shooting for the fun of it.
I kept the name "What If... Photography" and have used it on my business cards and the greeting cards I occasionally sell but the name just doesn't feel right for many reasons. Plus, it appears the name is already being used.
When I started posting photos on OS, I was amazed and thrilled at the positive response "A Simple Shutterbug" received and it got me thinking maybe its time for a change. I Goggled "Simple Shutterbug" and my blog was the only thing that came up so no one else is using that name and after today no one else can, at least online.
I'm hoping to have my own website soon, but like the turtles that I love to photograph, I tend to go slow, but this feels like a new beginning and I have my OS friends to thank.