I can't say I believe in the hype that 2018 will be THE year for me. But I do believe life is what you make of it. Growing up, my mom frequently told me, "you get out of it what you put into it." Until now, I've categorized myself as just an aspiring photographer. I took a few photography classes in college and knew about good composition and the basics of how to shoot in manual mode. I shot a few friends photos here and there for fun... yes, I was one of those people building their portfolios but hoping paid gigs would come along the way.
In August 2017, I started as a second shooter for McMillen Photography. Like, I got a paycheck for second shooting. It was a big step for me, and hey, getting paid for your time and talent produces a nice feeling!
Now, I didn't think I knew it all when I started working for McMillen... it was more of the "you don't know what you don't know" type of thing. Thankfully, God knows exactly what you need, and He knew I needed a new mentor. I can't tell you how much I've learned from Ben (he's the owner of McMillen Photography), and the amazing thing is that he's so eager to share what he knows about photography with others. I mean, think about it. People typically pay a lot of money to learn what seasoned professionals know-- college, consulting, seminars, webinars, workshops... that stuff ain't cheap! But here I am getting paid to gain hands-on experience. Dangggg! I couldn't have orchestrated a better set up even if I tried.
So here we are a couple of weeks into the new year. It's that segment of the calendar when everyone reflects on their past 365 days of self-improvement, and achievements and makes a few changes for the next 365 days. Yes, I did some reflecting and goal-setting. Taking my creative work more seriously and getting an actual photography website operating was one of my goals, so here it is.
This is the part of the process where I second guess the photos I posted to my online portfolio; question my choice of business name; panic if I don't generate more photography gigs this year, panic if I do; and fear being unsuccessful in terms of profits. BUT I've decided to not allow all those fears paralyze me where I stand. Taking myself and my photography more seriously is a big step forward in faith for me; I have no idea where this step will land me.
So cheers to the potential the next 352 days hold! Shout out to my wonderful husband Zachary, Ben McMillen, Sarah Brandstetter, Jessica Klick, and Susan Patton specifically for your encouragement to me in this endeavor–- Morgan Creative.