Monday, April 1, 2013

Ch ch ch chaaaanges

Hideyho, friends. It has been an insane month, which is why I haven't written. Like at all. Because I was dealing with the madness. All the madness.

So much madness.

As of last Thursday, I am officially an unemployed person. For reasons which I can't even get into and to which I've come to terms. It wasn't easy, let me tell you what. I really struggled with this for a while and I felt my toes dipping into the pool of depression, which I don't think is unreasonable. Anyone would get sad and scared and feel a bit lost when making a huge life change and also face the possibility of not supporting oneself.

I don't think it's unreasonable to avoid homelessness. That's really all I ask.

Not that my friends and fam would actually let me be literally homeless. But you get what I mean.

And I was grieving the job I worked so hard to fit in to for the past two years. You work so hard to make yourself one way and when it turns out that it's not actually possible to change yourself, it's a bit of a hard fall. Sometimes you can't make yourself fit if you just don't fit.

And I've decided that's okay. The bottom dollar is that it's not just about my happiness or following my dreams or whatever, which are important and which I'm going to do, but if I'm not the person for the job, then I won't succeed. I can't set myself up to fail anymore and so I won't. I'll follow my passion and work my ass off to do so and hopefully the money follows.

And that passion is photography. And writing and any creative endeavors I find, of course. But it's all about the photography. I think, I know, I have a talent for it and it's work that I do well because I love doing it. It makes me truly happy.

So I am looking for some steady employment in the mean time, but the end goal is professional photographer.

I can do it all, from weddings to engagement sessions to family, baby, and pet portraits, to business photography like head shots and real estate photography. Because I'm just starting out, my rates are reasonable and I'll work with you to find an affordable package for your budget.

Tell your friends! I'll need YOUR help to make it as a photographer and I'm counting on your support, friends. I've appreciated you guys so much over the years and I know you're in my corner.

There's a link to my photo site in the top navigation (expect a more dynamic site as I start to make money) or you can find it here. Also, please go like my photography facebook page! And you can still find me on Twitter @andygirl.

I'll be blogging more here as well, at least that's the plan, and you can still find me at Spocket Ink.

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I'm sorry about the job situation, I've been in your shoes one too many times. Just keep you your head up and keep going. Keep busy, network the hell out of yourself, and soon, you'll land that job you want. :)

IvyBlaise/Nush said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Girl, you rock! You are a great photographer. I still have that one pic I bought from you ages ago hanging on my wall (as I finally got it framed). I'll keep all fingers and toes crossed that it will go well for you!

Michael Lombardi said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hey buddy. I remember getting to hang out on the internet a lot more with you before you got this job, so I hope I see more of you around now, but I'm sorry you don't have steady work.

As far as photography goes, I'll say this. I don't know how long you've been doing it, but what I've seen is it's good to specialize. At the beginning, you want to do everything that pays and have a port and all of that, but you also need your bread and butter. The thing that you do the best. And have your own vision. Not only what you do best, but what you do different from everyone else in Portland.

So, that said, I'd try to do shoots of everything and see what you like most. Also take a look at the market. If children's photos are easy to get in your area, but no one does real estate, you need to go where the market is. You can always do the other stuff "for fun" or as a "side project". The photographer that does our shots primarily does senior portraits and photos on ski slopes. He lives in a small area, so he sends all his kids work to another photog and she sends him all of her high school portraits.

I had mentioned there's a photographer in Portland that I love and I know she does lots of newborn shots. She does couples, too, but it could be the sort of thing where you don't compete with each other rather compliment each other.

I mean this all with the best of intentions, so I hope it's helpful.

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