Monday, February 02, 2009

Passion



As long as I can remember, it's been common knowledge that money isn't that important in a career - loving what you do is.  Baloney.  I think they both are important, but it doesn't always work out that you can get both.  I used to have a job that paid the bills and gave us great health insurance, but it became emotionally burdensome.  Now that I'm working on something that I really love - starting my photography career - however, we are not getting my income and are paying more for less insurance.  I fight back the urge to feel guilty daily.  I know that if I was still working as a school counselor we wouldn't have as many financial worries, but I really can't remember being this excited about anything in a long time.

I gave myself a daily schedule starting January 5th, the day the kids went back to school, and it involves learning as much about photography and Photoshop as I can.  (It also includes time to walk the dog, of course!)  So I now scour websites, follow tutorials, read books, take classes and have started acquiring some of the bare necessities needed to take and edit better photos. 

One of the things I'm pushing myself to do is enter photography contests.  Today, I'm entering my first one.  It's sponsored by a blog called "I Love Faces" and is very low key which is the way I like it!   So here goes....the picture above is my entry into this week's contest that has the theme "The Eyes Have It - Kids".  If you want to see more of the entries - click on the button below.


9 comments:

Michelle said...

She has "the look" down pat doesn't she? Very good pic!

taralynn819 said...

Hey, that's a Vikings hat! Are you fans of Minnesota?

Dave said...

Be careful with the photo contests, and read the fine print... lots of photo contests turn out to be copyright grabs.

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

Beautiful eyes. Thanks for entering this week!

Amy
Co-Founder
I Heart Faces

Julie Rivera Photography said...

What an intense picture. Her eye contact has strength in it. And I hear you on the "guilt for not making enough money" thing. But your resolution to learn all you can is wonderful. Set some solid goals for yourself and do everything you know to do to reach them. Good luck!

Stephanie said...

That's a great picture and I think it's wonderful that you're persuing your dreams and goals. Try not to feel guilty, as I'm sure your family wouldn't want you to.

By the way, is that a Vikings beanie? My husband is a HUGE fan!

Life with Kaishon said...

What a nice post. What a fantastic picture. I love it. God bless you on your journey. I am a big believer in following your dreams.

Liz said...

i just stumbled upon your blog via lovely disturbance. was your daughter in a dental commercial in utah? our niece was in the same commercial (cutest curly haired girl alive!). random and CUTE.
love the photos, btw.

CrYsTAL said...

Great shot... LOve the blue eyes...