Awesome Animal Donut Day!

   Baby Hippo on top of an egg and a donut in Seattle's Caffe Umbria. The original plan was photos where the donut was kind of like a nest, and little chickens (or one chicken) were on top. I don't think the "nest" idea is clear here...maybe I need some sticks or twigs, leaves and branches. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

 

Baby Hippo on top of an egg and a donut in Seattle's Caffe Umbria. The original plan was photos where the donut was kind of like a nest, and little chickens (or one chicken) were on top. I don't think the "nest" idea is clear here...maybe I need some sticks or twigs, leaves and branches. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

I just want to tell you a couple of things I just learned:

  1. Get outside in the world and interact with real people (not only social media peeps)
  2. Try something new and uncomfortable
  3. Go with the flow

This is mainly advice that's useful to me, but I'll briefly explain what I did yesterday and how things worked out. Maybe you'll find you can benefit from some of these things too.

I gave up my photo studio at the start of the year. It's turned out to be a blessing. I went out into the world to shoot Animal Donut photos on location and wound up meeting new people in three new places: Top Pot Doughnuts in Seattle, Tully's Coffee on Capitol Hill and Caffe Umbria in Seattle Ballard Neighborhood. All because I got outside and took the show on the road.

I tried out an Animal Donut periscope for the first time. I'd been thinking of doing this for about three months, but I have been putting it off because I thought it would be difficult, wanted to nail everything technically, and thought maybe nobody would show up.  Well, for a few moments (when I was about to hit "broadcast) I thought "nah, think of all the stuff that could suck about this" I just hit broadcast and started. I was a minute or two into it when I saw hearts start to fill the screen, and I could feel I was on the right track! It really encourages me to keep trying new things and taking the "leap of faith."

Yesterday was a kind of different day for me because except for one photo shoot (scheduled for a medical client at 1:00pm) I didn't put too much on my calendar. I just went with the flow and wound up meeting a whole bunch of new people and having so much fun. And you know what, the "offline" day actually had many "online" benefits because as I went from one place to another I could see the Instagram "follows" showing up, and these were all people I had been meeting in real life, and they were hopping aboard my social media bus.

It was an inspiring day, and today I'm making good on my promise to you (and myself) to be more consistent in blogging and sharing the Animal Donut process. Thanks for reading, and please follow on instagram (my handle is animaldonut) and also on Snapchat (also animaldonut). Also, if you have any ideas about the nest photo above, or anything else related to Animal donut, please make a comment. I really want to hear from each and every one of you who read this. (YES, that means you!) I look forward to hearing from you and connecting on Instagram and/or Snapchat.

Jeff LukeComment