July 4 12

I’m mostly good at a lot of things.

No really, it’s true. If you don’t believe me, why don’t we make some blueberry pie while I knit you a scarf and crochet you a yarmulka and we can play a game of Scrabble while I play Minuet in G on the piano. I like a lot of things and I fancy myself both a quick learner and a pretty capable person.

But there’s nothing that I am super amazing, stupendously good at. I’m just mostly good.

Which is why it should come as absolutely no surprise to absolutely no one that I decided to take on yet another skill.

And so I am.

Designing a website.

I am building myself a photography website. From scratch. I am designing a logo. I am building something in flash. I am learning about thumbnails and galleries. I have been playing with fonts and symbols and watermarks. I now know too much about plugins.

I toss out things like


It’s super challenging, but ridiculous fun. 


Ali Martell photography

credit: Shane Black

I am not building this website because I am the most skilled photographer to ever be. I know this is untrue, and it will never be true. There will always be someone who is faster, better, braver, smarter. There will always be someone with better equipment.

And I’m okay with that.

But I’m pretty damn proud of myself for how far I have come with this little piece of machinery in, say, the last two years. I have taken classes, I have worked with other photographers, I have listened to podcasts, and done tutorials, and researched the heck out of things. I have trial-and-errored my way into actually knowing what I’m doing—most of the time. I have asked a million and one questions, and I keep asking them. I have learned a million and one things, and I keep on learning. Every day.

I’m pretty damn proud of some of the photos I have taken of my kids, of my friends, of my family using my good eye alone.

And because of this, I can take your photo. And yours. And yours over there. And even yours. 

And so I’m going to do just that.

There is no place on earth I’d rather be than behind that camera. So I’m going to use it.

Just as soon as I can crawl out from beneath this mostly good code.

And just as soon as I have stopped trying to convince you myself that I’m only mostly good at photography and admit to you that I know—in my heart of hearts—that I actually am good.

Just good.

Not mostly anymore.

  1. Awesome!! To new adventures! xo

    Comment by Allison Zapata on July 4, 2012
  2. Only the website is a new adventure really. But still! It’s shiny and new!

    Comment by ali on July 4, 2012
  3. I still am hiding behind “pretty good.” Decent even.
    And dude, I tried that website building stuff, I’ll stick to photos. Super mad props to you for figuring it out.

    Comment by moosh in indy. on July 4, 2012
  4. Maybe that needs to change. Maybe I can be GOOD, even though I’m only better than X but not as good as Y.

    Comment by ali on July 4, 2012
  5. I know you’re good at photography — my number one choice to photograph my family.

    Also, the fact that you’re interested in so many things and quite capable at them is part of what makes you such a good editor. Or maybe you are interested in so many things and become good at them because you’re an editor. Hmmm… chicken and egg. Regardless, so excited about your new site and can’t wait to get my family in front of your lens.

    Comment by Tamara on July 4, 2012
  6. you go girl!

    Comment by Chantal on July 4, 2012
  7. but Ali my dear friend you are an AMAZING photographer and i don’t thinkmyou need equipment to take beautiful photos you just need to capture those moments you know? and you are great at that

    Comment by LAVANDULA on July 4, 2012
  8. I like the design of this website, was it your work?

    Comment by AlwaysARedhead on July 4, 2012
  9. Yay! And yes, you’re so taking my photo!!! NYC! Can’t wait to see your new site!

    Comment by Loukia on July 4, 2012
  10. You ARE good!

    And one of these days you will take my photo and we won’t just talk about it! 🙂

    Comment by Kristabella on July 5, 2012
  11. Good for you! I think that is great. Too bad you in Toronto I would love someone to knit me a Breslov Kippah

    Comment by Corey Feldman on July 5, 2012
  12. You can always practice your blog design work on my blog. Although, I am quite partial to the standard WordPress theme I’ve been using for the last 3 years. /sarcasm
    Can’t wait to see how it turns out. It’s amazing how freeing it can feel once you get over the guilt of admitting you’re actually good at something.

    Comment by Gamanda on July 6, 2012
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