What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.
What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness. - Leo Tolstoy
**Disclaimer: the following post has absolutely nothing to do with the above quote. I just thought this photo fit the quote perfectly.
I'm not sure why, but I've had a bit of a revelation over the past few days. I really, really love what I do. Simple, right? But not really. Shooting professionally has always been something that I "do on the side." It's a source of "side income." It's what I do while I'm trying to find a more secure, higher source of income. Except that it's not really anymore. Does my photography pay all of my bills and support my family? No. Absolutely not. Not yet. But what I've finally realized is that it provides me with something that none of my previous jobs ever has. Contentment. I love what I do. I had never really realized how important that is to me before now. I've had jobs in the past that were easy, jobs that were hard, jobs that paid well, jobs that didn't, jobs that kind of sucked, and jobs that sucked every last bit of life out of me. Photography is the first job I've held that breathes life back into me.
So I've decided to stop treating my photography as a little hobby that can provide some "side income" and nothing more. I've decided to make a big push. I'm going to pour every last ounce of myself into growing my business and trying to turn it into something lucrative enough to justify it being my only job. Because I don't just like photographing people. I love it. It makes me feel stronger and more sure of myself. It gives me freedom of expression in a way that no other job ever has. It allows me to empower others while empowering myself. It lets me find beauty in simple things. And most importantly, it feeds my soul.