I am just the worst at keeping up with life this year! These photos were from Halloween of 2014 and I so regret not posting them earlier. My life has been slightly chaotic, exciting, frustrating, and a million other things in the past 8 months. As some of you may know, my day job is working as an educational assistant for a local school board. Throughout this school year I've gotten two different long term positions that have gone back and forth from part time to full time. And in the midst of all that I my dear and lovely boyfriend somehow convinced me that I should give this teaching thing a go. Now, that means going back to school, finishing a degree, and then completely two years of teachers college. I found working full time and trying to shoot anything at all was definitely a challenge. Now I've added more schooling on top of that.
There is a part of me struggling with the fact that I seem to have moved further away from my passion as a photographer, but I'm constantly reminding myself that what I like best about photography is to create on MY terms, and the reality is that just doesn't happen if you're trying to make a living from you photography. So I've had to accept the bitter sweet fact that while photography won't likely ever be my bread and butter, it will always be my sweet dessert.
The good news is that if/when I do get to the teacher stage of my career, there's a chance I can use my education in photography to my advantage. Media Arts classes do exist in high schools.
The other thing I've realized is that I don't want to ever cut my photography out of my life completely. While photographing to the tastes of others may not be my thing, I have had some success selling images of my own making to publishing companies for book covers. And that is a creative outlet as well as a source of income that doesn't require that I compromise what I want to shoot. Perhaps this will be an avenue I explore a little further this summer.