Career has been something that’s been on my mind a lot lately.
People around me are talking about their own careers, making plans, making decisions. What should they do and how should they get there? And all of the things that they’re saying has me thinking about my own life and career. What do I want?
I’ve tried just being a photographer, and that wasn’t enough for me. Weddings stress me out, quite frankly, and I’m a little too much of an introvert to be a family photographer. So what do I do? What’s going to make me happy?
Nothing has ever made me happier than shooting fine art. Nothing has ever brought me out of my shell more than this one simple fact. I also really love working in photoshop.
So, I’ve been thinking that I have options, and here’s a step towards something:
I’m now offering some services. You can check those out by looking at my Investment page. I’m offering prints, commissions to make specific pieces of fine art for people, fine art portraiture, behind the scenes photography, and editing/post processing services. Things that I feel like I would be happy doing, and would do very well.
It’s a small step, certainly, but hopefully towards something more.
How has choosing a career for yourself influenced the decisions you’ve made for yourself? What have you learned about yourself in the process? Is something holding you back? I’d love to hear about your experiences with this.
4 thoughts on “A Step (in what I hope is a right direction)”
Sounds good, Jen. You do such beautiful work. I’ve missed seeing you around on dA and elsewhere. If you are going to have a career in photography you have to be an entrepreneur. I am not. I just don’t know how to do it. Having my own business doesn’t interest me. So photography remains an avocation. I turn 65 in June and may eventually be able to retire and concentrate more time and energy on landscape and people photography. That’s where my heart is.
It’s nice to hear from you, Steve! I’ll come back around – I’m currently doing a stint away from social media (aside from this website). So, gone for awhile, but not forever.
I feel like this is a stepping stone for me. Right now, I’m working as a pharmacy assistant and I have plans to go get a certificate in accounting to go hand in hand with starting my own business. Where I’d like to be – creating book covers and teaching workshops. And some other things in between, selling prints, what have you.
I’m 23 now. I want to make sure I spend my life doing something that fulfills me.
I really hope you reach your dream soon.
Good for you Jen. I also miss you in the Facebook group, but still follow your work here. If ever you’re interested, I can arrange for you to meet with my cousin Dominique Rey who teaches fine art photography at the U of M and is an internationally known artist. She has a very different style, but lots of insight when it comes to the world of fine art. I’m an introvert too (hence never attending a King’s Head group meet), but Dominique is uber friendly and kind. No pressure! I’ll keep admiring your work from the sidelines! Cheers! ~ Miguel
Hey, Miguel! I miss you guys too – almost past the halfway mark for my year away though! It’s been an interesting time, though.
I’d love to meet your cousin! That sounds like it could be a great opportunity to maybe gain some more insight. I think I’ve got a good idea of where to go next, but a second opinion from someone who understand that area more would be invaluable.
Hope life has been treating you well! How goes the photography work? 🙂