Here I am. Tis me in all of my glory. I am living a dream each and every day. I don’t normally talk about myself on here, but I recently had a photo session just for me, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share a little more about myself. I hate being vulnerable, but thrive in vulnerable moments if that makes sense.
I always had a feeling I would do something BIG with my life, I just never knew what it would be. As soon as I had the chance to earn and save money at 13 years old, I had my mom bring me to the store to buy my first $89 digital camera. My creativity was sparked when I saw the image on the screen behind the camera . And being able to add it to my families huge desktop computer and print on a piece of plain paper also gave me joy. I recall clear as day, my family members always telling me as a kid that one day I would grow up and become a ‘professional photographer’. I say that with quotes because what even is the definition of a ‘professional photographer’. It’s a big scary word and it doesn’t have a definitive line. All I know is that I’ve been doing this all of my life and I just never stopped pushing myself and learning and eventually it turned into my lifelong career as predicted in my childhood years.
I purchased an awesome Nikon Coolpix L120 about 9 years ago and brought it to a party and it was sadly stolen after I captured 800 photos from a weekend long event. I was devastated and I had every reason to not want to go on after that. But I saved up again, and bought a Nikon D3400. But then an opportunity came up where I could travel to Ireland! I bought the ticket, but then my car broke down and I didn’t have enough money to fix my car AND have money to survive while in Ireland, so I made a hard decision. I sold my camera and borrowed my sisters point and shoot to travel to Ireland in 2012. Time went on and I was again wanting to shoot on a camera. I graduated college in May 2012 with two degrees in Business Management and Small Business Development. When I graduated I was given an award for perseverance as well as I was nominated for Student of the year! I honestly walked out of college never wanting anything to do with Business or Management.
Fast forward to the fall of 2015, I was craving it again. I needed a camera to express myself, so I saved up and bought my Nikon D3200 and started taking on clients at $30 each. And I was even simply taking donations or doing lots of free work to build my portfolio and gain experience. During this time I was working as a mental health support specialist. I decided to go back to college to earn my bachelors in Mental health to become a case manager. I was sure that’s where my path would lead me to next.
Since 2015 I’ve learned A LOT, I’ve upgraded all of my equipment, and methods. Photography has grown rapidly over the last 3 years so much so that it became time to make a decision on whether to continue to pursue mental health or photography and I am so proud to say I have been a full time business owner for a year and a half now!
So as a photography business owner, I felt it would make sense to book a photo session for myself. I am so happy that I did because I have confidence through the roof looking at these!! Photos are so important to me because life is always changing. So here’s to the unpredictable future! I’m embracing it!