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By Mariah Ashley
De-cluttering Your Message
I've been avoiding my bedroom lately. I only go in there at night. I don't turn on the light and just kind of hop from the door into bed. I definitely DO NOT look around. I'm afraid if I do I might see something really horrible. Something embarrassing. I'm ashamed of...
I've been meaning to spring clean my closet for a while now; I just haven't been able to get motivated to do it. I sort of started, which yielded a bag of donation clothes but I never finished the job. I left it, door open, shoes spilling out onto the floor. It's been that way for weeks.
I thought, I'll just get rid of everything that isn't totally me. The problem is, I'm not sure exactly what that means. Is me a black pencil skirt or a ruffled bohemian blouse? Cause I've got both... Gah! Who am I? What do I like? How am I perceived? Classic or Artsy? Fun or Functional?
It was time to call in an expert, a straight shooter, someone who thinks my feelings are of no consequence--my 13-year-old daughter.
"What about this one?" I asked holding up a plaid shirt dress.
"Are you kidding? Frump Town."
"Ohhh-kaaay how about this shirt?" I ventured, showing her a turquoise and gold leopard print tank top. (I swear, it wasn't as ugly as it sounds).
"It looks like something a tacky granny would wear. And what is this material? It feels greasy." She replies tossing it in disgust.
By Mariah Ashley
I would like to officially announce my candidacy for the office of President.
(Cheers and Applause)
Oh wait a minute; I'm going to need to retract that statement. I'm already the president around here. In fact, I've served two and a half terms.
I know it seems pretty important and glamorous, being the most powerful woman in my office and all, but have you ever seen the side-by-sides of the presidents before and after their terms? Ouch! Being President DOES NOT do a body good- check it out.
Wrinkles are in fact... bipartisan.
Whether you are the President of the United States or President of your Small Business, the job description is the same; 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Endless worry, countless decisions and constant public scrutiny. Success in pleasing your constituents? Unlikely.
So who would want this for themselves? Well, Hillary, Ted, and Rand so far but maybe they'll give that a second thought after they read my blog post. Sure, right now they're all caught up in their patriotic passion to serve their country but do they realize what a grind the next four years will actually be for them?
I mean, you have got to wear A LOT of hats when you are president. I can't believe how many decisions I have to make in the course of the work week. I heard on NPR once that President Obama does not make any non-essential decisions. He has so many big decisions to make that he's eliminated all choices like, what to wear, what to eat etc. He simply does not have room for one more decision. I think maybe George W. Bush said it best when he famously said, "I am the decider." I hate to admit it, but he was right if, you are president you are the decider. Period. That's what you do, you decide.
The thing is, everything (including your skin) turns grey when you become president. It seems like much of the frustration with our elected officials comes from wanting them to take a hard line on an issue. I'm here to tell you, as someone who sits in the big chair, it's nearly impossible to boil things down to black and white and all that grey is exhausting. Let me illustrate with three examples of presidential decisions I had to make this week.
By: Lauren Walters
As April rolls along, check out this week's top blogs about ethics. Join in the fun with other posts and learn about the PPA perk - Photovision. Remember to exercise good ethics and inspire your creative self.
PPA MEMBERSHIP PERK:
Now that PhotoVision is part of PPA, you have no excuse! The sources of inspiration
to be more inspired and more creative are endless! Pick a topic, pick a genre
or pick an instructor, there is something for everyone to motivate and inspire
you in photography. With over 800 cinematic HD streaming videos, PhotoVision is
now included with your PPA membership! Visit PPA.com/PhotoVision
and proactively continue to learn today!
COPYRIGHT: We all know the troubles copyright comes with. The U.K. created a hub to identify all copyright information pertaining to a single piece simply by searching the image, video or audio file. How useful is this? Read this article to find out what the U.S. thinks of this hub.
find out! In Germany, a Berlin-based street photographer started a project funded
by 528 supporters totaling $19,850 for his possible legal fees. Since 1907, the
law stated if a photographer didn't have the subject's permission to photograph
them, they weren't allowed to publish the image. This interesting article shows
how this project turned out.
ETHICS AGAIN: In a way, photography is manipulation, but photojournalism is about revealing the truth to the public. A photojournalist cannot recreate a moment by asking a subject to pose a certain way - they must be an honest and credible source. Check out this video and celebrate 25 years of Photoshop as it relates to modern photojournalism.
JUST FOR FUN: An
underwater photographer, Scuba
Monster team member, found a camera among the coral reef near the bottom of
the ocean. Guess what? The camera sill worked! What all did this camera go
through before being rediscovered? Read more to get the full scoop!
of photographing little girls in pink dresses and flowery hats, PPA
Photographer Kate Parker helps her daughters find their confidence. Through
photography, Parker's daughters show their tough side - redefining the term
TREAT YOUR PSYCHE:
"Why become certified?" PPA photographer Suan Goralski tells all! Read about
her journey on the CPP path and find out what it takes to become a certified
professional photographer. It might involve a side effect that helps with you
beyond the client perception's rationale... just read on!
INSPIRATION: Is less more? "If less is more, just think how more that will be!" Where do you draw the line? When intensifying and balancing the right elements, your work will stand out among the crowd. Check out this work and get inspired by this photographer's brave lunge into the bold.
camera obscura to the iPhone, Fine Art Professor Mary Marien explains the
evolution of photography through her book "100 Ideas That Changed Photography".
Through this article, catch the highlights of significant historical artifacts
that pushed photography toward the art it is today.
PHOTOGRAPHY PASSION: In the mini-documentary, "Updating Philosophies", film makers Jared Levy and Justin Hamilton share their secrets about how to get booked for the work you WANT to do. Watch the short video and follow their 5 simple steps to start living your dream.
Sarah Ackerman is known around PPA as #Sarah in part because she handles all things social media and in order to differentiate herself from the other Sarah's in the office. Sarah loves improv comedy (think "Whose Line") and routinely performs around Atlanta. When she's not tweeting/facebooking/instagramming all of the action at PPA, she can be found gallivanting around the world or wandering around the woods with her pup, but more than likely she's on stage making people giggle.