Going Forward Through Old Doors

A door at the Handley Library in Winchester, Virginia. Nikon D850, Nikon 50mm 1.4D, 1/60 @ f/2.8, ISO 800.

Way, way, WAAAAYYYYY back in middle/late 1990’s I was taking photography courses in a local community college. While I was attending those classes I was asked to photograph a wedding, and after I was done with that wedding I had such a wonderful feeling and knew that I wanted to be a full-time photographer one day.

I ended up photographing weddings (on the side) for about 10 years and always had people telling me that I should be doing this full time, and my response was always I am saving that for down the road, basically retirement from my day-job as I am one of those people who looked ahead and wanted the security that retirement would offer. Well, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel as I am within 3 years of that magical date, and after going on a one month “photo-cation” with my wife while driving across the country with our camper I can tell you that the reality that I have been planning and practicing for is more real than ever!

I don’t know if I’ll ever be as famous as Ansel Adams, or as popular as some of those “Photographers” on YouTube, but I am feeling content with who I am as a photographer and I think it is showing in my work. I am branching out creatively with my artistic work, but I have also decided to keep the Tax-Man quite by doing some senior portraiture to bring in some extra income while I wait to get discovered and make some real money. I have also decided that I am going to seriously give some considerations to doing workshops (something else I had thought about doing about 10 years ago) after giving a couple of spontaneous lessons to people while in Glacier, and also watching a “photographer” give a workshop while I was at Many Glacier. That last one I literally said to myself I could help these people better than he is doing.

So here is to the future with all of yesterdays lessons guiding me.