I entered the room that had become my home away from home for the last two years of my teaching career. It was stark and impersonal compared to what it had been, the once colorful walls bare and blank, all my personal belongings packed up in boxes, most of the furniture pushed to one corner to prepare it for summer cleaning.
Tears welled in my eyes as I pulled the camera body out of the box and held it in my hands. So this is what it feels like, I thought to myself. I remembered how I felt so many possibilities opening up to me when I held my first DSLR camera. But this feeling… there was no comparison. It felt like I was holding the magnitude of my decision in my hands — branching out into new territory, stepping out of my comfort zone to pursue a dream, finding a new passion, and running after it with everything I had.
It’s always scary for me to take a leap of faith, especially when there’s so much at stake. And as excited as I was to pursue photography full-time, it was still hard to close the chapter on a comfortable, familiar career that I loved. But as I finished that final school year and closed that chapter of my life, I also stepped forward into the first week of a new month, the first day of a new venture, the first session with my new gear photographing my sweet friend Diana’s first child, her newborn son, in my first fresh 48 newborn session.
And looking back — as hard and as scary as it was to make that leap — I’m so grateful that I did. This job has been so rewarding, and I’m reminded every day how many amazing clients I am able to serve and how much I absolutely love what I do.
Part I - What I Learned about Photography from My First Point and Shoot Camera
Part II - What I Learned about Storytelling through Photography on My First Trip Abroad
Part III - What My Photography Journey has Taught Me about Perfectionism and Taking Risks
Part IV - The (Last) Last Day of School