Hanging out at the water-cooler until January 31st

One of the things that I miss most about having a "real" job is the water-cooler. I miss running into friends in the kitchen, asking how their weekends were, laughing about an episode of American Idol or commiserating about how terrible our current project is....For me,- on a daily basis- having people to relate to and bounce ideas, thoughts, and emotions off of is so important and sometimes working for myself feels very lonely! I have to work to create a network of people who I can trust- who understand my business and understand my need for socializing! I have to take time to pass by the water-cooler and not close my office door and subsequently cut myself off from the rest of my "company." That is why, I'm taking the next few days and heading out of town with a bunch of really amazing female photographers (and friends) to regroup, refresh, plan,Ā  dream, giggle, create, sleep, play in the snow... etc. etc. I'll have my computer and will definitely still be working (lightly) and e-mailing but just in case you find things running a little slower than normal .. look for me by the water-cooler.

I was testing light for a portrait shoot I did today and I took this self-portrait. I look messy and tired but I like it.

Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, Laughed in the sun and kissed the lovely grass. - Rupert Brooke