Good Morning New World,
So, how is your life? Mine is getting better. I am starting something new, with my blogging routine. I decided to come up with list of topics to blog about. This week’s topic will be on why I decided to take a break on photography.
I’ll start with how I came up with this topic. At the current moment, I work for a temp agency in the DC area. I was working in the mail room in a local firm. One of the guys, from the mail room, was interested in photography. So, while we talked on photography tips, he asked the question “Why did you take a break?” So, I’ll tell you what I told him.
I have so many reasons why I needed to take a break. The first was family. I am a single mother. I have raised my daughter, with only my mom’s help. I had to work, period. Now that my daughter is a senior, in high school, and preparing to go to college, I have some leave way for free periods in my schedule.
Money would be the second issue. I can remember when I was younger, and just starting in photography, I would go to the PS World conference, and one of the photographers I met, said to me, and this is true, “Photography is more expensive than cocaine!” I, literally, ROFL’ed. Now that I am in the photography game, his statement was so true. A good example would be the newest Nikon cameras. Nikon has a mirrorless series called the Z series. I am so dyyyyyyyying to get my hands on it. The body, alone, is $3,400, and don’t even get me started on the lenses. So, with me being a sole provider for me and my daughter, it can be kinda tricky, to say the least.
Time would be the third issue. Not to bring it up, but most single mothers are a little pressed for time. Don’t get me wrong, when my daughter was in catholic school, I took her along to most of the events I shot, which is cool. I think that after a while, I became “burnt out”. Thus, needing a break.
I think that life and time go hand and hand. Life had to be my fourth issue. I had two major surgeries. The first was my foot surgery. I had fallen a long time ago, (story was hilarious, but won’t go into it.) and it created a bone spur in the middle of my foot. I could not stand for long periods of time, because of the pain. The second surgery was the gastric sleeve. From the bone spur, I was unable to workout out. I had picked up a lot of weight and my doctor offered the option to me. I am so thankful that he did. I lost over 50 lbs, but I just picked up a quick 10 lbs. Insert sad face here. Recovery has been uphill struggle, but it is all up hill, though.
My last issue, just creatively stuck. You know, I do a lot of jobs that are outside of my scope. I love being around and meeting new people, which is why I temp. I often wish that the agency would offer me more “creative” positions. Let me rephrase, more “creative” positions that will offer me a good deal of money. LOL! So, I often become creatively stuck, every now and then. Since my life is coming together, naturally, I have been getting more and more ideas to shoot. In fact, I have revamped my website and planning to reorder my business cards. I have even gone back to the old design of my logo. I know, I am feeling it again.
In closing, these are my reasons to why I had to take a break. Some may not understand it, and some may. At the end of the day, I find them justifiable, and that is what counts. So tell me your thoughts. Did you have to take a break? Or did you work through your problems?