Reinventing myself (again) into a Fine Artist

Taken during the CAA Conference 2017 in New York City
Taken during the CAA Conference Feb ’17 in New York City

It’s been about two years since I have marketed myself as a portrait & wedding photographer. I pretty much quit photography while caring for a loved one who was losing a battle with a life-threatening disease. Being a full-time caregiver is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do and I have nothing but respect for anyone who is going through or has gone through something similar.

When he passed away, I felt a lot of emotions. Mostly, I felt lost. I didn’t want to return to photography because my heart wasn’t in it anymore. But, my identity had been tied to photography for so long, that I had no clue what to do. I knew I didn’t want to return to life as I knew it. I just couldn’t.

I somehow found myself applying for grad school…again. Something I said I’d never do again. I’m currently enrolled as a fine art student at Norfolk State University. Nevermind the fact that I can’t draw or paint or sculpt or or or… So let’s just say, enrolling in the program was either the smartest thing I’ve ever done or the dumbest. Only time will tell.

So, this blog is transitioning into a fine arts blog. I plan to post my inspirations and frustrations. I will also post behind the scenes as I learn how to be a visual artist. I’m keeping my portrait and wedding content during the transformation. As I scrolled through my blog and looked back over my work, I teared up a little. I had some very memorable times with my clients and my work has definitely grown since I began my blog. I’m curious to see how I grow from here.





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