Hey everyone! Yes! I am still alive!

I would like to apologize for the lack of updates on the blog over the last 6 months. Yikes! Six months already? There are many reasons for that, but no good ones. It is a mix of boredom, playing outside, running, vacation, work, photography burnout, family, etc. The biggest issue was probably the lack of time to edit and process pictures, but it was not only that. For the last year, I took a break from professional photography. I only had 3 weddings this summer as a second photographer for one of my good friend in Sherbrooke. I hoped it would re-ignite the flame but it did the opposite. It convinced me I had to quit the profession. I do not want to deal anymore with the stress of a wedding that puts me in a bad mood two days prior to the event. The professional side of photography was starting to make me hate what has been a passion for close to three decades. So, on October 3rd, I officially quit the business side of photography, after my last wedding. Since that date, I shot two events for friends, just for the fun of it. I'm just starting to bring my camera more often with me.

Panasonic GH4, Olympus 75mm at f/2, Natural light

For the blog, I felt I had nothing to say... or not much. I felt a pressure to write something and put some pictures... a self-imposed stress that I did not want to cope with. Then, it becomes a vicious circle: the less you post, the more you pressure yourself to write something, the less you want to do it. Even this post, today, is hard to write. I always say that I write for myself, but truth is, I can't help wondering what people think about it. What will happen with Mirrorless Journey? I am not sure at the moment. It will stay online because I think there is a lot of good information and tips that can help people. I want to start updating it again, but I will start slowly. Gone are the times when I was writing 3 or 4 posts a week, all by myself. Mirrorless Journey has always been a hobby but when you spend 20 hours a week on it, it becomes unhealthy.

I have a lot of demands for my Chrome profiles for the newer micro 4/3 cameras. I did not work on those yet, but I might do it. For now, I'm still taking baby steps to get back to photography. Over the past six months, I did not take as many photos as I used to be, but photography is still a part of who I am. I will try to update the blog on a regular basis, but there won't be 3 or 4 posts a week like before. Like I said, the blog is a hobby and I don't want it to become a "job". I still want to do it because I like it, and it is fun to do, not because I "have" to do it.

Panasonic LX100

So what have I done with all this free time over the summer? Besides working and having fun with the family, I ran. I ran a lot. I lost another 25 pounds and I'm in better shape now that I have ever been in the last 20 years. I said earlier that Photography is a part of me. I can also say, now, that Running is a part of who I am. Since I fell in love with trail running this summer, you can expect a lot of photos (and maybe videos) from the top of mountains.

Thank you all for keeping up with the blog even though I was absent. I am well, I am taking pictures and I am still using mirrorless cameras to do it. :)

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