What to do? Run away. I grabbed a pretty girl and took off to Pittsburgh to see the Nutcracker. Relax family, the pretty girl is Ashley, my wife. We went to the Ballet at the Benedum Theater, a beautiful old building in the cultural district, and then met Ash's sister for dinner. We ate everything on the menu, and may have had some really great Pinot Noir as well. All in all, the whole evening was gorgeous.
My job as a photographer, in a sense, is to make things look pretty. Nothing inspires me to create pretty photos more than an evening like we had the other night. How can you not be inspired by the talent on display at the theater? How can it not be inspiring to enjoy the passion the chef put into the amazing food we enjoyed? I came home excited to grab my camera.
I will always remember a quote I read from a great photographer.
"your talent is like a baby. It needs attention, to be nurtured, lest it fade away."-Annie Leibowitz
Whatever your talent is, get out and nurture it this holiday season. Go see live music, visit the art museum, whatever you enjoy. I promise, it will enrich your life.