Monday, December 12, 2011

Are You Doing What You Want to Do?

  My last post was about my third indoor session with my uncle's family in Statesville, NC.  I forgot to mention one small, easily forgettable moment, however.  I'm glad I remembered it because it's really kinda important (to me anyway).

  My uncle and I were in the house while my mom and the children were playing outside and my aunt was gone to their church to practice a song.  I was editing the photos I'd taken of them and he was making peanut butter sandwiches for the kids.  We were talking about something and I said something like, "I don't always feel like I know anything" and/or "I don't always feel smart"....To which he replied, "Well, are you doing what you want to do?" (by this he meant photography). Of course, I said yes.  Because I AM doing what I want to do.

  Unlike some people, I never had a clear vision of what I wanted to "do" with my life.  When I was really little, I dreamed of being a Librarian and then a cashier or bagger at Food Lion (yea, I had high expectations, didn't I? lol.).  Then when I was in high school I thought that my love of writing would be a good place to start for college majors so I went a year to Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola Florida for Commercial Writing.  However, writing wasn't a passion. 
  My entire life I have loved taking photos.  And while at Pensacola Christian College I was required to take a Photography class for my major.  Looking back, I can see the Lord's hand in that.  While taking that class I was required to get a 35MM SLR camera.  Having that camera and taking that class opened my eyes to what I could do with photography and my attraction for it began to grow. 

  In April of 2009 I held a photo exhibit of my best work at the time and invited friends, family andfellow church members.  I got a little exposure, sold a few of my prints and most of all, officially began my business.

  Since then, I have had many doubts and times when I wasn't sure what exactly I was doing but the Lord has known the whole time and He has never failed me.  Not when I needed wisdom, or clients, or feedback, or someone to push me to do better.  He has been faithful.

  I am glad that today I can truly say, "I am doing what I want to; what I love."

  Can you say that?



  1. That's great! As long as you are doing what the Lord wants you to do than that is what truly matters. And he will continue to lead and guide you as you further pursue this dream. You do a great job and can't wait to see what the Lords gonna do through you and your work in the future. I'm doing what I love doing
    ( being a wife and mommy) but sometimes I feel like I don't do enough of the things that truly matter. Like every days the same cleaning, cooking, so forth. Even though I might not be out there saving the world or some meaning thing. I'm making a difference daily in the lives of my kids and that influence will never fade.

  2. Thank you Jess. Yes, as long as you're doing what God wants, that's all that matters and you will be happy doing it. If you're not in His will, you will, at some point, be unhappy.