There's always more out there than you think
A short article about my thoughts
featuring Sequoia & Kings National Parks
Though I never expected it, these past two months have been extremely busy for me. I've been shooting quite a lot of weddings this past month, meeting many talented photographers in the process. Even after writing this, I will be heading out to Lake Tahoe to second shoot a wedding there.
It's so easy to be overwhelmed by the whole process of truly creating something for yourself. Even though I was born and raised in San Francisco, I made the decision to stay here in Los Angeles in order to pursue my dreams of being a professional portrait and wedding photographer. It also took months and months of thinking to figure out where I am, what I want to do, and what my goals are. It sounds easy enough on paper to come up with an idea and start a business, but the reality is that it takes a never-ending stream of personal initiative. Not only that, but it requires very high levels of self-awareness and contemplation, all of which requires hard work. All of that is necessary to have enough self-motivation to build a sustainable business, else burnout and disillusionment will be inevitable. This applies not just to those looking into becoming a professional portrait and wedding photographer, but those in every industry, especially in creative ones.
But now I see a way forward, a way to achieving my goals. It wasn't always that way before, but then again, how easy is it to answer the perennial question of college: what do you want to do with your life? Is there ever an easy answer? The old and wise have told me that college is wasted on the young. I find that statement to be true --- true not for everyone, but for those like me, those who couldn't have answered that question at the time. What some people need when they're 20 is not to sit in class and be lectured at by a person from another planet. What some people need is to put themselves out there and explore the world, and in turn, explore within themselves.
So the lesson is, even though the world can be confusing, don't close yourself off from new experiences. Sometimes it's that one random encounter that transforms who you are and changes the rest of your life. You can never really know, all you can do is try, try and try... but with that continuous, conscious effort comes the invigorating force of life, from within and without. There's always more out there than you think.
A great way to explore the world and give more time to yourself is always travel. It doesn't even have to be expensive or inconvenient. Let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below!
Here is the full gallery of some of my shots from a trip my friends and I took over a recent weekend.