Update: Travel & Photography

Photo from Art Show | Collide 2019

It’s been a while since I’ve posted but with my art show accomplished and graduation in just 15 short days, things are starting to wind down on my end, which makes me excited for the future of my blog and photography. I’ve always had concrete plans for my future and the direction I’m headed with my art, but I always found it difficult to manage my time to really invest in it. With that said, I’m excited to roll out some new things moving forward.

As I said before, I’m preparing to go out of town at the end of May. My goal is to travel through Atlanta and Orlando and start pitching ideas to companies, building networks, etc. As I’m preparing to move away from Chicago, I thought this would be a good place to start.

I’m not 100% certain on either business environment and what it takes to actually gain clients so I figured I dive into it and see what happens. I still have loose ends to tie up in Chicago but I’m flexible in terms of working with clients all over. I’m also interested in creating a photo challenge for myself while I’m away. I embrace photo challenges because it gives me the opportunity to shoot things I wouldn’t on a regular day and it just continues to help me strengthen my eye. So if anyone has any suggestions comment below.

Travel plans aside, I’ve been thinking more about my photography and the direction I’m headed visually. I honestly can’t speak much on this at this point but I do know that I want to focus more on portraits and the black experience collectively. I also know that I would like to work in advertisement. So I’ve been thinking more about how I can combine these two to create more satisfying work. I’m excited to experiment in this area though and I’ll definitely be sharing photos here.

I have another post coming really soon on my new clothing/shoe finds that I’m excited to photograph, as well as, a look at some new photography gear that I’m interested in purchasing. Comment below if you have any interesting photo challenges I could try!

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Here’s What Photography Has Taught Me

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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.