I know, right?
There's still a lot of work to be done all around, but I must say that I've kinda surprised myself with this one. I really enjoy doing this, and other people seem to find my services appealing...at least so far.
I'm not killing myself over it at this point--no plans to quit my illustrious day-job, or anything. If the market turns out to be too saturated in my area, or my particular skills just not enough in demand, I'm okay with not getting big paydays out of this. It's rewarding enough on a personal level that I just love doing it, and that's enough for me.
I hope this is okay to share, but this is a photo that sort of encapsulates what this whole thing has been meaning to me. The special needs event I photographed a few weeks back affected me in a lot of ways, but I just keep remembering this kid.
Let's call him A, hmmm?
His mom is an incredible woman, who does a lot of great things for a lot of people. Photography is his passion, and he spent the greater part of this event wheeling after people with his camera, snapping away. He and his mom are one facet of disability--unique, like all of the others, and one that many may not get the chance to see.
I only spent a short amount of time with A, but it was enough to convince me that he was not the type to feel sorry for himself, or let anything stop him from doing the things he wanted to do. I love, LOVE that attitude--the Move-Or-Get-Run-Over outlook.
He had things to do, places to go. Who cares about a little old wheelchair?
I'm enjoying portraits, and kids, and bridals, and landscapes--but people like A are what really fascinate me. I wish more people would have the outlook on life that this kid did in the scant thirty minutes I spent with him. I want to take photos that make people see the camera and the passion first for people like A--and see the wheelchair as just an accessory.