I don’t know where to start; honestly I am so grateful and humbled by the people who have emailed me both recently and in the past. This blog was never intended to be anything more than sharing my experiences as a narcoleptic. My life is above average for a narcoleptic, and I’m happy that this life of mine is inspiring the life of others. I honestly figured that most people who read it would be my friends, family members and past teachers. To see how far its gone in 3 years boggles my mind, to see how many people view my blog monthly astonishes me. I feel whole when I write this blog and I feel uplifted and ecstatic that I have inspired, motivated or given hope to people around the world. Truthfully your emails encourage me to be a better person, motivate me to write more and give me faith that the future of narcoleptics is positive. So for that I thank you, you all are wonderful people and I hope in the near future I am able to make it to a Narcolepsy Conference to meet you all.
My life is looking pretty promising from where I am sitting. If you’ve followed along on my blog for a while or know me personally you’ll have known I went to school for photography. You also may have realised that since college I’ve done next to nothing in the photography world. It was kind of unintentionally intentional. I think taking a year and a bit off was one the best decisions I made. I know my parents wanted me to or at least questioned why I didn’t dive right into my career and start a business. However for me, I think I would have gave up on it within the first month. There was moments I even questioned if photography was where I wanted a career; I think it was just the simple fact that I don’t like being told what to do and school was a lot of that! ;)
I realised that it’s not like I was sick of photography, but I was sick of having people to please and my crafts being what pleased everyone. I love photography, I get a real joy out of creating images and peoples reactions to them…however after school I had had enough of the go go go and needed some slow down and breath time. Quite frankly it’s been really good for me, I’ve been able to focus on other things, and now realign my heart into photography.
With my heart back in it I’ve decided to invest my energy and time into my career. I realise it’s going to take a few years to be where I want, perhaps even longer. However the longer I wait to start, the longer it will take to get where I want to be. Ultimately I want to be making a living off my photography; the end goal would be solely working as a photographer. It will take a while, but I do believe in myself and I do think talent will overcome the obstacle of everyone being a “photographer” these days.
I’ve had a few shoots in the recent months, family, couples, maternity and a shoot with a friend and her horses. It’s been really fun and I’ve learned from each shoot. I don’t claim to know everything about photography; yes I went to school but I’ll always be learning or finding new ways of doing things. I’m basically just working towards expanding my art and getting my name out and work out there.
My mom gave me some of the best advice the other night. “You will attract the kind of clients you want by doing what you love”. My mom was a dog breeder for years, a well established one and never once did she advertise; people who were wanting what she had to offer came looking for her and her boxers. She didn’t have to advertise and her clients all appreciated what she did and were always loyal. It’s sometimes hard to understand that logic, but I don’t want to be a photographer for someone once. I want the customers that come back for each milestone; the clients who rave about me to friends and the people that seek me out. One day I’ll be there, for now I will continue to put in the work. I will continue to love my job and let that love for my job do the work.
If you have facebook please like my photography page; it would be a huge help.
You can also visit my website; check the blog for recent photo shoots!
Thank you so much!
Happy Holidays to everyone!