Dedicating More

In the last few weeks, I’ve felt more driven than I ever have to pursue photography as my actual career. For a long time, I planned on photography being a “side job” or “weekend job…” or even a “hobby.”

A few weeks ago, a great photographer friend of mine added me to a group on Facebook, “Inspire Me Photo.” The (mostly) ladies in that group are just awesome. There is so much positive encouragement and good vibes in the group, who wouldn’t want to be a part of that community? A while ago, I heard a phrase that completely changed my view on other photographers: “Instead of looking at other photographers as competitors, look at them as coworkers.” Woah. Mind = Blown. At least mine was.

Since then, I’ve been “liking” about a million other photographers on Facebook, exploring different forums and blogs with tutorials, encouraging messages, and success stories. I desperately want to be one of those bloggers. I want to be one of those “big time photographers” who helps the new kid on the block. I want to be a photographer that others look up to. I want to rock this.

So… I’m taking a semester off of school. I was a full time student at Georgia Southern University, but I’ve officially decided to take the fall semester off. I took the summer off like “normal” college kids do, and have done some major soul searching. I feel very called to photography, so I want to see where this path will take me. I’m going to dedicate the next few months of my life to it, to see where I can go from here.

I was looking back at some of my old work, and comparing it to where I am now. I’ve learned so much, and I still have tons to learn. I’m going to push myself though. I want to upgrade my software, try new processing styles, and get a few new lenses. After that, hopefully my business will soar. I’m going to push, and hopefully exceed my limits. Here are a few “throwbacks” for you all:

I hope you all see how much improvement I’ve made as much as I do. I look at some of those old photos like “eesshh!” but I’m glad that I’m learning as I go. Everyone has to start somewhere, and I have to always remind myself that my learning and growing is never done.

I’d like to thank you all for helping me realize that I really can make my dream become a reality. I’m beyond excited to see where I’m at in a month, and in six months. A few big changes are coming to Victoria Simmons Photography! Stay tuned tomorrow for a giveaway in honor of my Facebook page hitting 600 fans! Thank you so much! 

God Bless ♥ V

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