Someone asked me what my favorite thing about being a photographer is and initially, I provided them with an extremely generic answer. “I just love to capture what I see” is what I said. But deep down I knew that was just a quick answer. However, that question caused me to ponder over the real answer. Why am I photographer still when most days the journey to success feels so impossible?
The answer is simple though. I’m so passionate about photography because it allows me to dream. When you’re a kid, you dream all these crazy ideas and at that time it seems possible. In fact, everything about life feels possible. But somewhere along the way, we grow up and we begin to believe that we can’t achieve certain things anymore, especially if it doesn’t seem practical. With that said, we settle for what’s been given to us for one reason or another, and as far as dreaming..it starts to feel like a luxury you can’t afford.
But really that’s not the case. We tell ourselves that we can’t do “x,y, z”. We get so wrapped into the routine of life and responsibilities that we carry and we believe that this is a valid reason to stop chasing our wildest dreams. Photography made me realize that anything is possible if you’re willing to put your hand on it.
When I come up with an idea for a photo shoot or I have a particular place that I want to photograph, I begin to plan: composition, colors, any props, light or dark, indoor or outdoor, etc. I begin to frame my shot and I take it, and then I take it again at different angles. I continue engaging in this process until the vision that I created in my head becomes a reality.
Photography for me is a beautiful experience. It is a reminder for me that I can do anything I want, I can believe anything I want if I’m willing to make it happen. It allows me to be imaginative for as long as I’m on this earth, and photography pushes me to tell new stories, to evoke more emotions, and to create the reality that I want to see.
I know that many people are wrapped up in their own lives, but I don’t think it hurts to take the time to paint the reality you want to see for yourself and then start making small efforts towards this reality, and eventually even bigger steps when you’re comfortable. That’s certainly my goal. I don’t have life figured out yet, I’m still a struggling artist, I still have doubts that I’ll actually be able to make a living as a full-time photographer but as long as I still have my dream I’ve already positioned myself for my heart’s desires.