Writing is a recent purist but photography has been a passion of mine my entire life, but specifically over the last fifteen years. It started with a friend giving me his camera because he couldn’t use it any more. That led me to take pictures of insects, flowers and butterflies in my backyard. This led me to buying a better camera and learning how to take a portraits. That led to a series of tutorials on how to use lights to paint a scene, and here I am rebranding and getting coached to take my dream to a professional level.

I’ve always been a professional, I guess I just haven’t been paid us one, and that’s what you get when you don’t really believe in yourself and you wait for your turn, but those days are behind me. Maybe not completely behind me because I do doubt on occasion, but those seem to be moments. Momentary lapse of reason, not a way of life or anything.

I’m ready for validation. 

I’m doing everything I can, the best I can, and with proper guidance to know once and for all wether this dream will be realized or if it’s not meant to be. 

I know it is meant to be and so I I can’t wait to look back, having client after client rave about my talent and the person that I am. I can see it. I can feel it. I just have to keep going and be a little more patient.

I think we all need validation. Real authentic validation. Assurance that we were right that comes from strangers because they have nothing invested in who we are and their distance serves a bit more truth. 

We all need validation. It is how we are wired. We need each other as people. We are born helpless and need care. That never really stops. No matter how good, how strong, and how successful we become, we need to stay connected. It is this connection between people that is so valuable. It is what takes the ordinary and turns it into extraordinary. 

Human connection is so important and I’m so glad there are so many people in my life with whom I’ve had the pleasure to connect, because it is their kind words that make me work so hard.


Photo credit: https://unsplash.com/@katya