While taking a break and grabbing a bite to eat the other day I opened up Danielle LaPort’s “Fire Starter Sessions.’ Which my dear friend Bria let me borrow. For some reason I am reading this book out of order. Picking and choosing chapters and pages as I see fit. As I was thumbing through and I ran across her 18 Questions to ask yourself. Which inspired me in creating this blog post :)
1. What do you know to be true, unquestionably beyond a doubt, certain with every cell of your being, completely, righteously certain?
Beyond a doubt, certain with every cell of my being – My love for Milan and his love for me. The world could collapse tomorrow, but as long as he was by my side, everything would be okay.
2. What was the dumbest thing that you used to believe in? What changed your mind?
That I couldn’t make a living doing what I love. I thought I should take the safe road. Be a teacher, then it was lawyer, then back to teacher. Because those were ‘safe careers.’ Then I thought I could be a graphic designer, it’s creative and it’s safe. I mean who doesn’t need advertising made or logos, I told myself. When all I wanted to do my whole life was be a photographer. That’s it. I had no idea how that could ever be a career. Even though my heart ached for it. And even though I was working as a photographer at another studio. I didn’t know how I could ever make it work.
What changed my mind was Milan’s support and belief in me paired with a blessing in disguise. I was working as a graphic designer for a local dot com and was laid off. I was heartbroken, as I loved the people I worked with and the company as a whole. Turns out getting laid off was the kick in the pants I needed to make my photography career happen.
And now four going on five years later – here I am. Doing the thing I never thought possible.
3. What do you know the most about?
Probably no surprise, but photography. It is both my career and my hobby. People ask me all the time, ‘what do you do when you’re not taking pictures?’ Honestly? I keep taking pictures. I love expanding my creative vision. Growing as an artist. And the best way to do so is with personal projects. So, when I’m not photographing for a client, I’m out photographing for myself.
And while I don’t know everything about photography and never will as art, in any form, is a constant journey and not a destination. I wish there was a less cliche way to say it, but it’s true.
4. Why do you do what you do?
When photographing for clients – I do what I do because I love connecting with others. Learning about them and then capturing who they are in a photograph. I love showing them how truly beautiful they really are.
When photographing for personal projects – Self expression. Photography is my outlet. My way to communicate to the world.
5. One word : breakthrough. What comes to mind?
Hitting a wall and breaking through. Seeing that nothing is impossible. And now I have the Doors, ‘Break on Through (To The Other Side) stuck in my head…
6. What has been one of your most memorable experiences in your career?
Documenting a birth story. There is so much emotion going on. It’s a feeling that is beyond words.
7. What global policy, credo, practice, or law would you like to decree?
Ice cream and marshmallows for everyone!!! Seriously. Who could be upset when eating either of those things?
8. What experience tested your mettle, but made you a better person?
About a year ago I injured a disc in my low back. Which by the way I don’t recommend….It was extremely painful and is an injury that takes a minimum of 9 months to heal with doing physical therapy, exercise and going to the chiropractor. The whole experience taught me patience and to appreciate my health.
9. Finish this sentence : “It’s a good day when…”
It’s a good day when…Milan and I take a leisurely hike through nature, with our two dogs running wild and ridiculously happy just before sunset. I take pictures. We talk. We laugh. Come back and enjoy a home cooked meal. It’s simple. But I love it so very much.
10. When was the last time you thought, ” Yes! That person has so got it going on!”?
Ryan Gosling. Did you mean like, ‘Oooh, that person has got it goin’ on girrrllll!’ Cuz that’s how I interpreted it
11. What question in your life has had the biggest impact on you?
What’s for dinner. Okay, so that wasn’t a very deep response… Honestly, it would be, ‘What do you want to do for a living?’ As I talked about in question one.
12. What are you positively addicted to?
Several things. And in no particular order…Marshmallows, Milan, and the Creative Process.
13. What’s the best advice you were ever given in terms of business?
Do what you love and the money will follow.
14. What’s the most common life advice that you could give to your friends?
15. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word devotion?
Dedicated to Milan and our life together.
16. What are you most interested in?
Food, photography and travel.
17. What are you incredibly grateful for?
I am incredibly grateful for so many things. My grandparents who were the first to show me what unconditional love is. Sammie and Olive for their spirit and always making me laugh. To Milan who truly believes in me. You can read more about what I am grateful for in these posts – here and here.
18. What’s your form of service to the world?
Giving people a tangible and authentic representation of their love via photographs. Of who they are in this moment right now. So that they can look back years from now and see just where their story began.
Now it’s your turn! Take one of your favorite questions from above and answer it in the comments below. Tell me I’m not the only one who would answer #10 with Ryan Gosling