Becoming the dream.
What is the dream exactly? The photographer? What does that mean? Does that mean I have to fit in the box or the mold? Does that mean I have to do what everyone else is doing? Does it mean I have “made it” if I have a huge portfolio of engagement shoots and maternity sessions? It’s easy to diminish your dream when you find yourself not getting excited about doing what everyone else is doing. When it all comes down to it, it’s about the art and creativity. So if you find yourself discouraged because maybe you aren’t doing what everyone is doing, it’s ok. Just remember it’s about the passion. What’s your passion and why do you want to do it?
I find myself content and the most creative taking pictures of nature, skyscrapers and just going out for a walk with my camera. Every photographer has their own niche, and their own creative eye. It’s easy to force yourself to believe you aren’t “it” because you aren’t doing things a certain way. Don’t believe it! Be yourself, be who you want to be, be creative, follow your passion, be an individual. Creativity is not copying someone else, it’s being your own person and coming up with new things. Focus on what brilliant ideas are bouncing around in that imagination of yours instead of trying to do something someone else has already done. Nothing is more irritating than someone trying to be someone else and then taking someone else’s credit for it.
Perhaps you have a dream or there is something you love, but it looks a little different than how everyone else is doing it. Great! Go for it! And if the only person that it brings happiness to is you, that’s ok. Chances are, when you are doing something you are passionate about and something you really love, you will bring greatness to so many others.
Your dream is never too small.
In case you didn’t already know….I love New York.
My first visit to NYC wasn’t until I was 18 years old. From my first steps out of the subway, looking up to that concrete jungle and breathing in that inspiration all around me, I was hooked. I can’t get enough of that beautiful city. There is just something so magical about it. So many different places to explore, so many different people. Millions of people, all different walks of life all sharing the same sidewalks and subways seats. The city so many dream of, the iconic mark of “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere” as Frank Sinatra put it. A city filled with so much inspiration and so many dreamers, I’m captivated and inspired walking shoulder to shoulder with all the people that said, I’m gonna go for it and took the leap to try to “make it” in the Big Apple.
My husband was born in New York and lived there during the early part of his life. A lot of his roots are still there, and we have visited dozens of times over the last decade. Our dream was to one day live in the NYC area. Finally, it has come true! We recently moved to the Northeast from Dallas, TX and we are currently living along the Jersey Shore about 1.5 hrs south of NYC. It’s a dream come true. We visit often, and sometimes just wake up and say, I feel like going to the City today, so we go. Even though I’ve been dozens of times, that skyline still takes my breath away every time I see her on the horizon.
So as we embark on this new adventure and new this new location, my dreams have come to life and the possibilities are endless. A fresh start, new vision, and a new chapter. This new website represents new things ahead. My love for photography continues to grow and I’m so excited to see where it takes me.