First and foremost, welcome. Let me start with a disclaimer. I am not a writer. I am and artist and photographer, but I am not a writer. With that information in mind, I ask you to bare with me as I attempt to express thoughts and feelings, and share with you what inspires me and keeps me going in this business.
I have been involved in photography for about 15 years, and have been dreaming about pursuing it professionally for almost as long. Something always held me back. A fear of not being good enough, the need to have a more reliable and steady income, wavering support from loved ones. At one point, I was trying to be more serious about this career path and trying to find ways to integrate it into my other career path, cosmetology, however, I was a young mother to a child with special needs and that is what took top priority.
Now, over the past year and a half, I experienced a creative energy shift that, happily, has allowed me to focus more time on following this passion. I no longer fear that I am not good enough. Photography is and Art and Art is interpretive and intuitive. Each photographer has their strengths and weaknesses, and each one has specific styles and niches they wish to perfect. So, here I am, perfecting and honing my artistic niche!
If you're still here with me, thank you for your patience! I wanted to talk a bit about thankfulness. I have the best support system possible surrounding this journey. My family and friends are always excited when I have a new set to show them, Mom is ready to help if I need a contact made within the community and is full advice. My fiance encourages me constantly to keep up with my passion and jump on opportunities, even when they are only half baked ideas. I am so thankful for every single person who has helped me get here today. My clients, of course, play a major part! I wouldn't be anywhere without the amazing people that sit in front of my camera. Watching them transform through my lens is quite the unique and amazing experience. It's because of all of these people that I am able to follow what my heart of hearts truly desires in a professional setting.
This leads me to my BIG announcement! The conspiracy that went on with out my knowledge. The one that, with any lucky, will open a lot of doors for me! My sister, the mastermind behind the best surprise ever, got in contact with a friend of mine who had agreed to sell me her camper. I have been wanting to renovate a camper and turn it into a mobile studio space so I could travel to clients and create a unique experience for them. Then the holidays came, and vehicles had issues so my money had to be spent on other things. I was sad, but determined! My little sister had other ideas. She sent me a text asking to talk to me and that it was important. Of course, I think something is wrong and she stopped answering my messages.
She shows up and assures me nothing is wrong and has me go to the porch and close my eyes. I hear a vehicle so I start guessing that she got a new car or a puppy or even that she is pregnant. Nope. Finally, I'm allowed to open my eyes! She had talked my fiance into driving her out to pick up this camper that she had purchased for me. I was floored. Que the waterworks! Words cannot express how thankful I am for this!! Of course, my fiance and I couldn't wait to get started, so naturally, we demoed most of it that night! I cannot wait to update you all on the progress! I'll stop boring you all now!