Monday, September 21, 2009

Lots of thinking being done...

So yes, I have been doing a lot of thinking lately. I know, I know...try not to hurt myself, ha ha :-) I've been thinking about my life in general, what I want it to be and what I want to do with it. I love baking. Do I really want to keep doing it and spend all of my time in a kitchen? I've invested a lot of time into this hobby of mine and even convinced myself I wanted to go to school and then open my own little pastry shop. Not for cakes, but for actual pastries and pies. This would be great and in some ways I still want to do this. But in the back of my mind something kept nagging at me.
There's something I was passionate about before I started baking and before I even headed off to college. Something I started to love when my dad used to take me to work and let me watch him develop film in the darkroom. I love photography. I used to play around with it a lot and even took a class in high school and dreamed of running my own photography business. I considered it as a major in college at one point but was afraid that if I started into it seriously, that I might be bad at it. I think that's why I never really let myself get serious about it at all. What if I'm bad at something I've always loved? What if I spend the money, get a degree, buy the camera and equipment and then nobody likes my pictures or my style of photography? After a long talk with one of the girls that I worked at the bakery with one day, I decided I would stop being so scared and try it again.

I'm ready! I found a "Continuing Education" certificate program at UTA in digital photography that starts next spring. Eight classes, 1 per every 5 weeks and only 1 night a week. Not bad, right? What about the camera, you ask? I found the perfect one. However, it's $1300! I know it's a business investment...but if you don't have the funds, how can you invest? I have to come up with this money by the end of the year. Shouldn't be too hard, but I know I can do it :-) I figure once I get the camera I can start building a portfolio as I'm taking my classes and even before then. Doing free photo shoots for a while should do it. I've even started to think of names for my business. Haven't really come up with anything good though... Any ideas?

I know a lot of people are thinking, " just another phase that she's going through". I completely understand people's reasons for thinking that. I went through several majors in college and have decided my future several times. However, no matter what I decide to do, it always comes full circle back to photography.

Wish me luck!


  1. What's wrong with the camera you have that Blake bought you?

  2. Can't change any settings or switch out lenses

  3. I think you'll do great! So happy for you! I wouldn't call this another "phase". You are good at accomplishing your goals, and you have many talents! Good luck!