Saturday, April 26, 2014

Socializing And A Photo Session

It was opening day for Navy Pier Ferris Wheel rides and I was on my way to the Pier’s Festival Hall B for the Small Business Expo 2014.  

Along with my, well designed, 3inch trifold brochures, business cards, writing tablet and utensils, I, absentmindedly, packed my x500 camera, which is like an American Express card, I don’t leave home without it. Hauling my wheeled carrier behind me, I headed out for the Expo with an unrelenting intention to capture images and scenes around Navy Pier after the show.


The event was informative and offered opportunities to network with other small business owners, like-minded individuals and potential clients. While shaking hands, exchanging business cards and collecting brochures I, occasionally, glanced out of the lobby windows, allowing brief contemplation on how and where I was going to capture the scenic cityscape reflecting in the placid lake waters along the Navy Pier shoreline.


The Expo wrapped and I could not change into my walking shoes fast enough. I somehow managed to clap for the keynote speaker while getting the strap of my X500 camera around my neck and I’ll be honest, while he was, motivationally, speaking (quit well, I must add) I had already slipped out of my high-heels and was reaching for the walking shoes under my chair. When they hit the lights, I was not the first person out of the room, as there were a few new contacts I wanted to reconnect with and establish tentative follow-ups for, but I, most certainly, was not the last person out.


Unfortunately, there was messy construction all around Navy Pier, making most shots difficult and some impossible. 
I found myself standing on a giant flower pot, balancing on a park bench, leaning against guard rails and even on a flight of stairs from which a grounds-man told me to step down, as they were not open to the public. That was a serious “whoops” that he kindly accepted my apology for.








During my, makeshift photo shoot, my mind wandered to my new leads, data-entering their info into my contact management program and what was going to be said in the quick follow-up notes I’d be emailing to them. 

So, there was an exchange; while attending the Expo, I thought about capturing images, and during the photography session I mulled over the results of the Expo. Mentally, at different points, each activity held first and second position and I could not be more pleased that I was able to accomplish both. 


If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.

An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pure Winter - Polar Vortex Images

It was an eerily still and quiet Sunday evening in Chicago; the snow covered streets were lifeless, the temperature fell far below zero and the bitter cold lassoed the town, bringing the City of Shoulders to its knees.





The photos in this post were taken on January 5th, 2014, the beginning phase of the, now famous and, soon to be, historical, Polar Vortex.  Braving the (negative) -15 degree weather was fueled by a combination of cabin fever and the potential photo ops seen through an insulated living room window. Some may call the venture courageous but most will probably call it crazy because it was UNMERCIFULLY COLD!

The amazingly warm waterproof down ski jacket and pants accompanied with snow boots, 3 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of gloves and the face mask that I wore was not much of a match against the Polar Vortex cold.  


A few images were captured while I withstood the bitter cold but after a short period of time, I lost the fight to numbing fingers and, literally, ran back into my warm and cozy little house. 


Thawing, as I wiped the ice from the lens of my X500 and brushed off the snow, I thought about the homeless and the fact that some were without shelter, lying on the ice cold ground, one dirty blanket away from freezing to death.  They have no where to go, no warm house to run to and sleeping under a bridge or in an alley way is no where to be (especially not while the city is in the grip of a volatile Polar Vortex). 


Many of us forget the big difference that the little things in life can make.  In this Photo Therapy post, I urge everyone to cherish all that they have and give what they can to help others.  The small difference(s) you make can positively impact someone’s life in a great way. 
Thoughts While In A Polar Vortex by Earolyn Criativa

If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.

An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**


Resource(s) Recognition:
1). The image of the Polar Vortex engulfing the Earth, used in the digitally designed poem“Thoughts While In A Polar Vortex,” was found through a Google image search that led to: http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/enviro/EnviroRepublish_946924.htm

2) The image of the homeless person lying on the sidewalk was found through a Google image search that led to: http://www.interestingstories.net/nora-berra-advises-homeless-to-stay-indoors/