It’s been about a year since my last personal post and things are going well over here in the great state of Texas. I can’t tell you how happy I am, both in my marriage and in my personal life. I married the best man I know, who supports every decision that I make and loves me unconditionally, which makes me feel overwhelmed with gratitude. I am beyond blessed! Career wise, I am still working toward my Rad Tech degree and currently volunteer my time at a local hospital in the Radiology department, gathering as much information as I can in order to help me along when it comes time to enter the Radiology program. As much as I love shooting weddings and photo sessions, I find the medical field quite intriguing, and always have. I have a feeling I have found my calling. If you think about it, photography is basically reflected light rays from the object to expose the film to produce an image. In radiography, X-rays that pass through an object to expose the film to produce an image. Both of these fields produce images to help people or make them happy. So, in a sense, radiography allows me to do both.
A couple of weeks ago, I flew to California to meet up with Rodrigo and Joselyn for their engagement shoot. They chose the Orange Circle in Orange, CA., which is one of my favorite places to walk around and explore. The weather was warm, the sun was close to setting and the weekend crowds were dying off so, it was perfect for a photo session. Prior to meeting up, they had informed me that they would be dressed to the nines, so, I was prepared for them to look great. When I spotted them approaching from across the street, my jaw dropped to the floor and I couldn’t believe how classy they looked. Wowza! We began shooting and they were such naturals and I felt as though they were experienced models. Not only did their beauty shine through, but I could also feel the love and admiration they had for each another. These two are meant for one another and I could not be more honored to be photographing their wedding this coming winter.
Many people are moving to Texas. I am one of those people. I have recently relocated to Dallas, Texas from Southern California and the change has been good. I would say overall, there are more pros than cons. The move couldn’t have gone smoother and the weather is actually bearable; despite the heat and humidity that I was warned about. The only drawback has been building my photography clientele. Establishing a new client base means putting myself out there and socializing. To be frank, meeting new people makes me anxious. I know, this sounds odd coming from a photographer since, we’re all supposed to be overly outgoing and sociable, right? Well, I am…with close friends and family. Meeting new people can be intimidating and quite stressful. After searching through some online content, I found a blog post that describes my personality pretty well. If you want to understand me a little more or think you can relate to my current situation, read this article. 18 Struggles of Having an Outgoing Personality But Actually Being Shy and Introverted.
I’m not writing this blog post to profess to you that I have introversion, but more so to let you know that it’s okay to be afraid. Moving to a new location can be scary. Starting a new job can feel like a frightening situation. Meeting new people can be a challenge. However, putting yourself out there and just showing up is the first step to creating a network of friends, business partners or clientele. No matter the situation you’re in, give it your all if you have a passion for it. I’m going to keep going no matter how sweaty my palms may be!