I am changing my direction and I am so happy!
You may be asking how does a person switch?
During this last month I was diligently working on my Photography business, evaluating my marketing, reading business books, listening to podcasts and studying my camera’s manual like any good photographer is SUPPOSED to do .
But as I continued to focus on the fundamentals of business, I found myself having inner struggles as I constantly searched for my “photographic heart” when I thought about my future.
For this last year I thought my heart was into Wedding Photography.
I had attended many workshops, read many books, magazines, websites and blogs as I worked to better myself as a photographer in this industry. This past spring, I was very fortunate to have been hired to shoot my first wedding as THE photographer. It was my ticket to the Big Show and I knew without a doubt that I was on my way to a successful career as a Wedding Photojournalist…at least this is what I kept telling myself.
So when the evening ended after that first wedding…the cake had been cut, bouquets had been tossed and the first dance was a memory, I had over 2,500 images in my camera and I was confident I did a the best I could do. As I was heading for the door I even was given a significant $ tip from the father of the bride who was very pleased with my style and professionalism! WOW! I thought, I do have what it takes to do this!!! As the year progressed, I had a few more weddings come my way either as the primary photographer or as a “second shooter” supporting another San Antonio wedding Photographer. ALL in all it was a great “rookie” year for me! But…something was missing.
I did not know what that “something” was?
Funny enough…it was not until I was visiting one of the Texas Hill Country Wineries last month when I came across the book “Wine Dogs USA” by Craig McGill & Susan Elliott that I finally knew without a doubt what I was meant to do.
Yes it’s true….after flipping through a few pages…(with a silly grin on my face)…I just fell in love with every image of those furry faces staring back at me! Right then! Right There! I knew without a doubt that I was meant to capture the beautiful dogs and cats of this world with my photography.
This feels so right! FINALLY!
What moves me most about this shift in my focus (photo pun) is that I know firsthand how important it is to have good photos of the animals that grace our lives.
I personally have been blessed with 2 amazing dogs that shared their journey through this world with me. Jake and Dante were my buds, my children, my friends and my running buddies. Jake graced my life for 11 years and Dante almost made 20 years! They have both “crossed the Rainbow Bridge” but reside in my heart every single day since they passed. To me, the importance of the photos I have of them are beyond any monetary value.
Today I am committing myself to be the best Pet Photographer I can be and I have committed myself to give other pet owners memorable and cherished images of their furry loved ones too!
From here on, I have changed the layout and appearance of my Blog. My website is back under construction for the next few weeks as I add new galleries and adjust the format accordingly.
I hope you will cheer me on as I step into this new direction and let me know how you like my work as it makes its way into the pages of this blog and into the hearts of the pet owners who were kind enough to hire me.
Thank you all for your wonderful support and encouragement!
I love you all!