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HELLO WORLD :)
As you all might know I am in the process of pursuing my passion of photography full-time when I arrive back to the States in 2009. I am building up my equipment little by little and also updating my portfolio. I am amateur photographer trying to make a name for myself. I started almost 1 year ago and I had about 15 clients, but most of them were freebies and people I knew because I wanted to gain as much exposure and practice as I could. Well, in the process I moved to Korea. I started to wonder, if this is what I was really supposed to be doing because it has been a slow process and lot of ups and downs, but when I came to Korea all the pieces of the puzzle started to come together. After much prayer and consulting with God. I can now say confidently that I know that this is what God wants for me. I am finding the balance between my full-time job teaching in Korea and building the foundation of my photography business.
My Canon DSLR will be arriving here from America within the next few weeks and in an effort to get familiar with my new camera I started a promotion 1-to help me get familiar with my new camera and 2-to build up my portfolio. I prayed about it and the result was to offer a FREE 45 minute mini-session. My goal was to successfully book 30 clients between July-December. As of today I have booked around 20 clients.
You may be wondering why am I doing all of this for free? In my conversations with God, friends & families I would tell them that I loved photography so much that I would do it for free. So, God challenged me and said, if you love it so much and you will do it for free...prove it to me! I have learned to be obedient to the voice of God and when says to do it I have to do it. Because I know the reward is going to be much more than I could ever imagine. That is one of the reasons I am in Korea now, because he told me to go, but if I didn't I would not be doing the things that I am doing photography wise...like pay for my equipment in cash. It feels so good. I wake up everyday excited about what God is doing and the people I will meet and the new friends I will make and the best part is that this is only the beginning and I know things will get sooo much better. When it is what God wants you to do everything will just fall into place. I already see him putting things in order and lining things up for me to be able to pursue my passion.
A work in progress:
Update paperwork (Contracts, Info Sheets, etc.) - Check
Upgrade Camera (Accessories: New Lens 85mm, 1.8)- Check, Check
Upgrade Laptop - Check
Upgrade Software (Adobe Photoshop CS3, Lightroom) - Check, Check
Work with Graphic Designer to help brand/design logo - In progress
Get Domain Name - In Progress
Get Webhost - In Progress
Work on Website - In Progress (Scheduled to launch in the Winter)
Work on Photography Blog - In Progress (Scheduled to launch in the Summer..in a few weeks :)
Secure new clients/network - Everyday..Always a work in progress
Update Portfolio - Always In progress
This pretty much sums up what I have been up to and what I will be doing for the next 6 months until I come home in January... just getting ready for my increase.
Until Next Time...
Love God, Love Life, & Love Yourself because, if you don't who will?