When my faith kicked in...
It’s a few days after I turned in my keys, laptop and badge to my employer whom I’ve worked for, for the past 10 years as a Manager /Business Analyst with an extremely rewarding salary, 30+ days of paid vacation and 4-5 floating holidays per year. Reality kicks in, It’s finally happening I am in control of my own time. I now determine my vacation days and most of all my salary bracket is unlimited! I AM A FULLTIME PHOTOGRAPHER! OMG!! If I dare express every emotion I am feeling, this would turn into a book so I’ll keep it short and simply say I’m excited and am in full expectation of the unknown.
Some of you may think that I am crazy, others admire the idea, allow me to say that I completely understand both perspectives; I’m very fortunate to have an amazing support system in my family which makes this transition seamless. It was actually my husband that encourage me to follow my heart... so grateful for him.
Allow me to share 2 things that helped prepare me to leave Corporate America ......
1. I Identified my passion and pursued it …
I purchased my camera in 2011 and didn’t really do anything with until 2012 when I did a free photo shoot of my cousin’s little boy for his first birthday. I did this for the first 8 months before making a decision to start charging. I also joined local photography groups to ensure I was surrounding myself with like minded people. Now, please know, if you’re thinking about pursing photography; this can either hinder or help you. If you avoid the error of trying to learn others style and use what you learn as an inspiration only, you’ll be ok. Otherwise, you’ll delay your growth because it’s difficult to focus on the vision God gave you because you’re busy focusing on another’s style…... (Speaking from experience). I’ve learned my lesson and there is liberty in being creative and inspiring others. I’ve taken online courses and workshops and practice... practice… and practice. I thank God for now having a repeat clientele that value me as a creative and trust me to capture their images over and over.
2. Begin with the end in mind
I was very fortunate to accept a position within my company 3 years ago, that came with an expiration period at the point of hire. Having this advantage upfront allowed me to set goals. It allowed me to develop a timeline on where I needed to be at the point of release. While there are areas I am still working on, this helped keep me focus on the end goal of becoming a Fulltime Photographer.
“Would you tell me please which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where… said Alice. Then it doesn’t matter which way you go”, said the Cat – This is quoted from the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The message in this is, it’s important to understand where you want to go in order to set the proper goals to get there.
Now that I am functioning in my dream job , my new lessons are, I am working just as hard for myself as I was for my previous employer... and I enjoy every single moment!! One thing I’m excited about implementing is choosing one day out of the week and CREATE!
If you think I poured my heart into serving my clients before, with more time......watch me now!
I would love for you to join me on this journey. Please leave a comment if this has inspired you in any way or to simply say hello!
If I can do it, so can you!