Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New York 2.0 + some thoughts

Let's talk about leaps of faith. One of my favorite bloggers posted something on Tuesday that really got me thinking.

"You've got to jump off the cliff...and build your wings on the way down."

I'm feeling so inspired and uncertain at the same time. My heart is divided between being a responsible adult and being a happy adult, unable to find the median.

I don't know if you're aware, but photography is probably my greatest passion. I went to school to learn how to "write good," but somewhere along the way, a love for the lens took over. Of course, I know that there will always be someone with more talent than I have, but that doesn't change the fact that I drive down the road composing pictures in my head of everything I pass.

I grew up being taught what I now realize is this sort of dichotomy between doing what I enjoy and doing what will make me the most money. Unfortunately, I'm starting to realize that neither of these is the same thing.

Of course, the Feef is never anything but outwardly supportive. He wants me to be happy and encourages me to make a business of taking pictures. Though, when it comes down to it I'm not sure he'd be thrilled if I quit my 9-5 paycheck only to replace it with no set schedule or income.

Not to mention my obvious lack of experience and/or client base. I'm not sure taking portraits of family and friends every few months would exactly pay the bills, and my social ineptitude might make for some interesting photo shoots.

So, here we are again. Me complaining about my apparent lack of a life plan, like usual. But this time, I'm asking for advice. What do you do to reach your goals?

This is what I'm doing to reach mine:

I dove right in. Yup. I created a whole new blog to cover my photography in its entirety. Don't fret. I still plan on posting pictures here, too, along with your regularly scheduled frivolity. But this new one is aimed at broadening my horizons and showcasing my (as of yet non-existant) customers. Every photographer needs a good photo blog, right?

I didn't design this one. I wanted it to run flawlessly, and me rooting around in the coding on a whim probably wouldn't be the best idea. I did work really hard to customize it, though. When I finished working on it last night I noticed that it was the first moment in a long time I'd actually felt satisfied. And now I'm just itching to get started.

So, check it out if you want. You can subscribe via email if you want to stay updated. =)

Aiken Heart Photography

That's all for now - this melodrama will be over tomorrow, I promise.

A left over New York shot from last week -


  1. so proud of you. follow your heart and dreams, you are so talented you can definitely make this a reality!

    also -- the subscribe link isn't working, I love it! can't wait to see more!

  2. Good for you for following your heart! I think sometimes we let fear get in the way of making our dreams come true!

  3. yay for doing what YOU want to do! and if all your pictures are as great as that last one, i know you'll be one amazing photographer.

  4. I'm so proud of you for doing this! I'm in exactly the same boat as you. Like, exactly. I could've written this very same post.

  5. Girlfriend. I think we might have the same brain. This is seriously what I am going through right now....except I just want to write...i want to sit in front of a computer and write all day long. Let's quit our jobs and open a joint company

    p.s. check out my giveaway!

  6. The new photography site is gorgeous!

  7. Congrats! Good for you! Glad you have such an awesome support system! May have to hook you up with my little nugget!


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