Just a quick note to everyone and all my new fans! Thank you so much for all the love! I wanted to share with you something from my beginnings in photography and tell everyone to NEVER give up on your dreams.
In college, I studied art at Montclair State University. My major was Photography and the art department was kind of a typical art department with lots of very creative people. My photography professor, whom I will not mention his name, did not like me since I did not dress or act a certain way. I looked like an average college student and belonged to a sorority etc. not what you would expect an art major to look like. His opinion of me was made before he ever saw my work and that carried all through the years I attended. I excelled in all my class except for the one that was my true love; Photography. My professor said things to me like, “Your work is too pretty. You will never get shows with what you do. Your images have no power to them. That is not art. Maybe you could get a job working for Hallmark with all their sweet sappy cards.”
Long story short, I ended up working in a different field. My dream career in the one true thing that I loved, photography, seemed to be too far out of reach.
Well fast forward 17 years later, I am now finally doing what I always wanted to do! Hurray!!! Last year I took a leap of faith and began growing my photography business full time, and you know what? Those words that my college professor said to me all those years ago might have hurt at the time but I NEVER gave up on my dream and somewhere deep inside the passion was smoldering and just waiting for that waft of oxygen to take over and ignite the fire once again.
If someone tells you, you are no good, think about their perspective and why they might be saying it. Just because I did not have naked people hanging from the ceiling featured in my images, did NOT mean that I wasn’t good at photography. My artistic “angst” was coming from a different place than what my professor deemed art but what is “art” anyway? To me it is something that moves people to feel a certain way. If I take photos of a newborn and it makes the mom cry because she sees the amazing little human being that she created, THAT IS ART. If I take a regular gal and take an amazing portrait, showing the world her true beauty, THAT IS ART. Or maybe even a teen that is feeling awkward in their changing new body and I am able to portray them so they can see how wonderful they really are, THAT IS ART!
I am so happy and blessed that after all these years, what I create with a little bit of light, and a little bit of technology can move people. That is a gift and dream that I am so grateful that I never let go of!
N E V E R G I V E U P!!!