I am me.

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Chapter 27.

Part 2.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

All image credits: Cross Street Photography

All image credits: Cross Street Photography