2 Jul 2008
Life…Why does it have to be about money?
It is amazing how things happen, life is like a roller coaster. You have ups and downs. Back in August 2007, I left my job and pursued photography full time. Was this a bad decision? I don’t think so, the timing could have been better. I had been living in Arizona for about 1 1/2 years and still did not know a lot of people. I had been working to build the business on a part time basis before, but now here we are, my only source of income.
Did I make mistakes? You betcha! I did so much stuff for free or the “I will introduce you to everyone and help your career”. Well any photographer knows how that goes. So I spent at least 18 hours a day working on building the business, creating the foundation. As those know this business is not like a big store where you open the doors and have instant business. It has to be built and without a storefront, it makes it harder for people to find you.
I don’t want to turn this into a poor me story, I am just expressing my feelings right now at a low point in my life. I love what I do, photography is a passion, and to be good it takes a gift, which I feel I have. To me photography is an honor, when a family asks you to capture them in photos, wow! They are asking you to photograph their most prized possessions. I just wish business was better. This is where I do not have much experience, business. I think it is hurting me. Hopefully some of the projects on the horizon will come through before it is too late. It gets difficult to run a household on one income.
I do believe and try to keep the faith, but at times like this it gets hard. I feel like I have pushed everyone away, my family, my friends, all for the business. And why? Back to the title, for the money. So I can pay my bills and enjoy a good life, but at what expense? Is it worth it?
There is no right answer to that question. To follow your dreams and to do what you love is a gift that should be embraced like a newborn child.
So if you do what you love and can afford to continue, consider yourself lucky! Most people cannot say that. I for one am doing what I love, but don’t know how much longer I can afford to do it.
All I ask is wish me luck and keep me in your prayers that a steady flow of income comes my way and I am able to have a more stable “normal” life.
Take care and God Bless!