Mother’s Day

Yesterday morning was filled with mixed emotions. Sad to leave Houston, and my mentorship with Robyn Arouty, but so excited to get back, see my family and put myself out there for my new endeavor. With everything coming together as it has, I can’t help but know this hasn’t all been for nothing, and that truly this is what I am suppose to be doing with my life. I have never felt so comfortable with a decision as I have with pursuing this passion I have for photography as a living. Definitely my experience this week was the bump I needed to feel absolute about it all. And Robyn’s therapy each day telling me I could do it, helped a bit too. (my therapy bill is in the mail, right Robyn) hee hee.

I am now officially announcing myself to you all that I am open for business, and ready to shoot! My camera that is… The ideas are abundant, and can’t wait to see them come to life. My main focus will be dogs, and maybe a pig or two. LOL. Also, children and families. I want to be able to capture the individuality of who my client really is, not some boring posed blah blah blah photo. I want to bring life and character to those who will allow me the privilege to get behind my lens and create that magic. It’s what makes me so excited to do this. It’s a chance to be relaxed, off guard and maybe even a little silly. A photo session is meant to be a fun experience; not some boring backdrop, head tilted, and posed smile. If someone is willing to be adventurous and have some fun, I’m the one to do it!

As yesterday was Mother’s Day, it was only fitting to announce my important decision to my family, especially my mom. I could only hope she would embrace my decision, as of course her opinion always counts. And, I know my parents are the traditional kind that may not see what the possibilities are as I do. They have traditional values, and way of seeing things, and wasn’t sure how they would respond to this news. Of course they knew I was away in Houston doing a mentorship, but really didn’t understand what it meant, and the depth of passion I have had for photography. They’ve seen me pick up my camera, photograph the family, and I’ve shared the photos I’ve been taking along the way of friends, clients, dogs, etc.. Just not sure they really understood that I have been serious about this pursuit. I even mentioned my blog, and they still didn’t understand what a blog was…LOL… My silly parents. They’re just beginning to figure out their answering machine and computer. So, how could I make fun of them? Well, I still did, but in a kind hearted way, of course! I’m not that cruel…

I think it’s a parent’s instinct to want to want to make sure that their children don’t fall and make mistakes, no matter what age, 30′s, 40′s, 50′s and so on. It begins when we take our first steps, and doesn’t end there. No matter how many times we swat their hand away, and want that independence, it’s just their nature. So hard though to step back from that as a parent I’m sure. I’m that way with my animals. I guess I just want them to trust that they instilled in me the motivation and desire to want to do the best I can, and to allow me some room for mistakes along the way. That’s ok, right? Because if not, I’ve severely messed up big time! Hahaha. No doubt on that foooo shooooore.

Mother’s Day was so awesome to watch the kids play, adults chat, some debate; well, ok, a LOT of debate. Who’s family get together doesn’t have debates? You’re lying then. LOL. Or, we’re just plain crazy. :) Either way, it was a great afternoon/evening. I know it makes my mom happy to have us all there. These are her golden years, and she earned it my friend. I took tons of pictures, of course! No matter how much my brother Mark objected. Drives him crazy when I am always taking photos. I just love to drive him crazy. Sibling rivalry ROCKS!!! Wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, here I am taking a ‘GINORMOUS’ step, and can’t wait to see where it all goes! And, I truly must thank, ‘Miss Thang’, Robyn Arouty for taking a chance on me, allowing me to crash in her studio, invade her space, and open her mind and heart to someone she barely knew. For her generosity I am grateful. I told her she is stuck with me now, whether she likes it or not. ;)

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  1. Posted May 14, 2012 at 11:10 pm by Cheri | Permalink

    Honey, you are more inspiring than you know. I am so blessed to have you as a friend and its been really wonderful to watch you grow into this passion. It is so nice to have a camera lovin’, canine crazy, life appreciating friend to walk with in our life’s journey. Love u so much! Congrats on this first big step and let’s toast to many more (when I get down there!)

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