So I decided to stay home and work on my new endeavors today.
Whoever said working from home is a boon, doesn’t have a 7 month old baby crawling over every edge and under every table. Who loves to chew your phone and eat your chin one after the other. He is also developing a fondness for keyboards and touch screens and I don’t think that’s going to turn out very well for me in the long run !
I have him pinned down as I write this ( edit:- and posted it a day later cause he managed to wriggle out too soon)
So the day began with the usual baby rituals of cuddling, bathing, feeding and just as I thought I was done, potty cleaning. He then slept off for his morning nap (ah, the life!) and I got down to doing some work.
I have actually managed to work more at home today than the many days at office where more time was spent in meeting rooms over changing presentations, than presenting changes of any kind!
Not that it wasn’t fun. I love the office camaraderie and hopefully some day will have an office of my own. Seriously, its no fun going to work from your bedroom to the living room and when theres no coffee corner in sight or no one to gossip about!
I’m not a big gossip, but I do love the occasional ‘Have you seen what she was wearing?!” conversations that always end with a spicy aftertaste! Tried having a similar conversation with my kiddo, but he’s not really into this kind of stuff right now.
Another thing that the home office lacks in terribly is the support system and shield that large offices offer. The big glass building and an overwhelming army of hierarchy that keeps you safe, the many advisors and soldiers who try their best to make sure you don’t screw up, while its very likely you will at some point of time anyway.
I guess that’s what I’m going to miss most about office.
The team. The show of support. The guidance.
Cause in this part of my life, where I need to figure it all out on my own, I’m pretty sure mistakes won’t be forgiven with ease and there is no place behind to fall back to.
The only way I know how to make sure I don’t really mess up, is try and up my game. And keep at it. So I got started with taking shots. Because I know I need to hone this skill and fast.
I was tentatively composing shots, finding good light sources and arranging and re-arranging apples (nothing else to shoot). Out of the many shots I took over an hours, this was the best shot I got
I’d already committed that I’d do a studio product shoot for a friend of mine (he designs gorgeous up-cycled furniture and home decor .. Check his work out at Artfeat) and now standing in front of a bowl of apples with my amateur camera , I was sweating pellets. Sudden realisation dawned on me that the studio shoot would be mean I need to work with lights and triggers and I had zero experience with using them.
So what would a sane person do here ? Cancel the shoot till one is ready, right? Well, I never said I was in the right mind and booked a studio at Shahpur Jat for half a day to do a practice shoot. Just 2 days later!
Now if theres one thing working at a corporate teaches you, is that deadlines make things happen. And not surprisingly, I sprung into action, drawing up a to-do list where the first point was ‘buy a tripod’!)
I spent the whole evening looking for reference images for the shoot and gathered my thoughts on how I’d shoot them. Asked my friend to drop the products by the next day and starting researching tripods I would need to buy. All while my baby was sitting in my mom’s lap eating a banana and getting most of it on his clothes.
Tomorrow is going to be manic. With a customary drop-by to the office tripod shopping, doing a round of reference shots, gathering props and constantly wiping the stream of drool that my boy manages to produce so effortlessly.