June 4, 2012

Better Skills, Happy Life

I’m continually looking for ways to better my skill in photography. The past couple of weeks I’ve been addicted to webinars, put on by respected wedding and portrait photographers. My Netflix is getting lonely.One night, I was so excited about some new information that I couldn’t even sleep. My mind was racing and I felt like I stumbled upon a gold mine… and you want me to sleep? I eventually did some relaxation exercises, (insomnia exercises) and fell asleep… some odd hours later. Yes, I can be quite dramatic sometimes.
I could not imagine being in a job that I couldn’t practice my creativity and continue to learn. Most people work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year (48-51 weeks if you are lucky enough to have a vacation). That’s 1/3 of your year… and another 1/3 is spent sleeping. Since I’m usually unaware when I’m sleeping, I technically spend half of my year working. Why wouldn’t I want to do something I love? I was in a job that I had mastered in 2 weeks and had no more room to grow. I despised waking up and spending 8 hours (that felt more like 20) behind a computer screen. Now, the field I’m in, and the amazing people I get to work with, allow me to utilize my talents and teaches me to better my skills. Life is good.
I write a lot about photography in my personal entries, but honestly it’s a passion, and I love talking about it. I encourage you, find what you love. Write about it, share it, and spend time studying it. Stop going with the flow of things while continually feeling more and more jaded. I know I’m extremely blessed to have a job that I’m passionate about, but even if I didn’t, I would need to opportunity to learn.
I continue to learn because I’m not content with staying still. I see very talented photographers post images on their website and I think, “Wow, that is amazing,” and then I whatever I can to learn how to shoot in that type of setting, lighting, and style. I don’t change how I shoot, I just add on a new skill. I’m always going to be like this. This is just who I am. Crazy maybe, but I will never be content with being content.

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