I can think back to times I had big plans, one might even call them dreams and I can’t think of anyone who was there to nudge me on, give a little support. I’ve always been an introvert and often afraid to put myself out there in the first place. Since the accident, I’ve had to work harder to function normally. And I guess I’ve been a little more inclined to try to do the things I feel will make me happy. Every day someone new decides to take their dream and run with it too. Many will not get where they hope to. I’m on the road and I can see a path but it gets so crowded sometimes, so many people on this same road. At times, I have to admit, I feel like giving up. I started actually photographing people in 2003 after taking a couple photography classes. Before then, it was just nature and architecture. In 2009 I tried to leap to full time in the photography world but that world had begun to drastically change. Now, it’s a crazy scene. Anyone with a camera can be a photographer. Discouraging? Yes. For someone who has taken her time developing a style and learning, it honestly kind of stings a little to see people all around you buying a camera and suddenly proclaiming to be a professional.
But then I take a walk. I have to go back for my camera of course because I always, without fail, see something around me that I want to capture. It’s always been that way. I’m lucky and thankful to have some support now. I’m just going to keep doing what I do and along the way hope that others will appreciate it. I cannot let myself give up.