Find Your Calling

This picture was taken in October of 2005, long before I even realized photography was my calling. To this day, it remains one of my favorite pictures that I have ever taken. It was about 11 PM, it was dark and crowded on Halloween night. I lifted my camera above my head, aimed where I hoped he was, and snapped the photo while I was walking. This is what came from it.

Flash forward almost twelve years, and someone is buying one of my prints (not this one, but that's not entirely the point), and she sits me down and tells me that she thinks my photos are stunning, and she purchased one of my prints. Then she says, "I think you've found your calling. Keep doing this." I have to agree with her. The feeling I get when I've completed a photo shoot and I've said goodbye to the models/families/etc, and I'm walking back to my car and can't wait to download the photos and begin editing... there's absolutely nothing like it. In those moments, I feel happy and fulfilled and like I'm exactly where I'm meant to be.

It's been a really amazing year in terms of photography. I've met some giants in the industry, I've really started marketing myself in the social media world, and I'm booking more jobs than I have in previous years. The art gallery went really, really well, and I just feel really lucky to be where I am. It's not all luck... there's a lot of effort and exhaustion that comes with the side hustle, and sometimes, it's too easy to push it to the backburner.

As I seem to be rambling now, I'll close with this:

"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire." -unknown

What sets your soul on fire?

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