Becoming a Professional Photographer

Have you ever thought about doing something, but you always put it off because it was never the right time, there was never enough money or you simply just didn’t have the confidence to dive in and do it? These were all the excuses I have had for so many years. I was a mom and wife first and foremost. That is where my heart and my priorities have been for the last 25 years. I didn’t want anything to stand in the way of the time I had raising my children, being involved in all their activities and just being present in that moment with them because we all know how fast that time goes and for that I am so grateful.

When I was in college I took a photography class and I fell in love with it and my camera has been my sidekick ever since. Most people who know me, know I always have my camera with me. I never missed a moment to capture my children as babies, playing a sport, getting an award, graduation pictures, family pictures and so on. It was always a love of mine, a passion, but just a hobby for me. As others started asking me to capture these moments for them as well, I began to realize just how much I loved it and how much joy it brings me, knowing that these are memories and heirlooms they will cherish forever and I was the lucky one who got to bring those memories to life.

What I have learned over the last ten years after losing my father and my mother-in-law is that life is precious, life is short and we should not wait for the perfect time, the right amount of money or even the confidence that may never come. We have to dive in and give it a try, do something that makes you happy and live with no regrets. Live in the moment and celebrate today!

Being a mother has brought me the most joy in my life and now that my kids are young adults and fulfilling their dreams, it is time for me to fulfill mine as a full time photographer. I have always told my kids to try whether you succeed or fail even if you’re scared and now I have to live by my words.

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