So, how did my passion become my career? I wasn’t always a photographer.
I’ve danced with photography on and off since my childhood and really loved it, but for me, the moment I realised my passion would eventually become my career was because of my time spent living in Tasmania. Surrounded by magnificent landscapes so diverse, and not knowing a soul in the world when I moved there, my camera would become my ally, my trusted companion and my outlet for living the life of creativity I’d longed for and lost somewhere in my twenties.
I studied photography in high school and learned not only about working with a camera and it’s film, but also developing my images in the dark room and coming to truly appreciate that the process of holding a photograph in my hands was more than just something you dropped off and picked up at the shops. It was a true labour of love and an exercise in patience, faith in my abilities, pure joy (if the shot turned out on the photo paper), disappointment (if the shot was blurry….baring in mind there was no photoshop to fix that with back in my time) and a true appreciation for such a deeply personal outward reflection of what I considered a beautifully captured moment in time.
After school, I stopped practicing and when I travelled to Europe, North America and Asia I picked up a digital camera and started getting reacquainted with the art of photography.
Fast forward to my time in Tassie, and it was here that I would be so inspired to explore and push myself creatively that I picked up my DSLR and quite frankly I was a little rusty at it. But I persevered, I practiced every weekend, I got up at 5am (sometimes earlier depending on travel time) during the weekdays in the dead of winter to capture sunrises, I’d never even edited before..I simply practiced, made loads of mistakes, persevered and kept practicing. The drive to learn and create was stronger than my desire not to, and throughout all of the self-doubt, comparisonitis and negative self talk, here I am, about to launch into a career of creativity with the self-love, self-belief and self-confidence that had been the missing piece of my photography puzzle for so many years.
To my support system – you know who you are – I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for me on this journey – thank you from the bottom of my heart.
To any creative aspiring to get their creative business off the ground, please know you are never too old, and it is never too late. You are worthy of exploring your passion and art at whatever moment in your life you are called to pursue it. The first step, is to take the first step, and then just keep putting one foot in front of the other.