When I hear that someone has chosen to be a photographer, I picture a true visionary. I believe that photography is an art of true expression. Growing up I was always wildly creative, extremely ambitious, stubborn and I moved to the beat of my own drum. I always loved taking pictures and capturing moments and I had a collection of Polaroids to prove it. But it wasn't until I got older, and realized that me and corporate america couldn't "live" together anymore, that I picked up my first Nikon. What started out as a hobby, became my drive, creative output, and raw passion.
I have had many people ask me why I chose photography. What those people don't know is that in order for me to go after what I already knew I had to spend time to get to know myself first. I took time to “sit in a quiet room” and get to know myself as a individual. I let in light and surrounded myself with positive people and situations. I became honest with myself and realized that photography was never a choice, it is a part of who I am. My ability to see the strength in someone who feels weak, or the love between two people who don't know they are in love yet. My ability to sense when a complete stranger needs a kind word or even a hug to lift their spirits. My unique connection with people is what fuels my passion and it's brought to light in my photos. I capture parts of an individuals personality that may not have been evident to them or the untrained eye.
Outside of my photography, I dedicate my time to help others achieve greatness in their passion through a group that I started called The Client Solutions Committee. The Client Solutions Committee contains business minded professionals who use their resources and experiences to help others reach their business goals. Together, we brainstorm and implement changes in our businesses that offer better solutions for our clients and actively engage with individuals that are thriving to build small businesses.
A word of encouragement to those going after your passion: Anything that is possible to obtain should be sought after and you can experience major changes in your life if you are willing to work hard to make those changes. My favorite poet said it best: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."--Maya Angelou