A Leap of Faith... and All the Things I'm Learning Along the Way

I’m not a writer… but I would certainly call myself a storyteller.  

I quit my job working as an academic advisor at UIC back in July of 2018. I loved my job as an advisor. The students were great. My coworkers were amazing. But after working there for four years, I just couldn’t shake this overwhelming feeling of “what’s next?”. I hadn’t figured out what my next job would be, but it was pretty apparent that my time there had come to an end.

I walked away from my job without much of a plan. My plan was to take pictures and drive for Uber/Lyft for a few months until I figured out what I wanted to do next.  Somewhere along the way, after getting a few well paid photo gigs, I figured that there was a chance that I could make it as a full-time photographer.  What I didn’t realize was just how much hard work would need to go into making that dream a reality.  

I do a lot of event photography.  One of the things that I love about shooting events is that I get to be a fly on the wall and learn from the people in the room.  At worst, the thing I hear are merely informational.  But more often than not, my experiences as a photographer are inspirational.  

With all of that said, my goal for this blog is to document my experiences as a recently turned full time photographer.  What am I learning – about my craft?  About myself?  What are some of my challenges I’ve experienced?  What about successes?  As a story teller, I acknowledge that a great photo can tell a great story all on its own.  But sometimes we need additional context to help bring it to life.  

As you can see, this will be a bit of mixed bag of content. I’m not sure how frequently I’ll post.  But the goal is to post about once a week… or whenever inspiration hits.