I have made a life decision today and I could not be more excited! I have decided to make a career change. I want to be a Professional Photographer. Woohoo!!! I really enjoy Photography and I am tired of my current job and decided to make a change! I will not be quitting my day job tomorrow because I still need to make money.

My plan over next 18 months:

1. Take photography classes at the community college in the fall. I need to learn more of the technical side of photography.

2. Build a portfolio. I think this means that I wil be doing some free shoots for friends/family.

3. Do lots of research about the business end of things so I can come up with a business plan.

4. Figure out what kind of photography I want to specialize in. (Children, weddings, studio, etc)

5. Become proficient in Photoshop. (Huge learning curve but I am up for the challenge). Practice, practice, practice.

6. Develop a website, blog, and logo so I can get my name out there.

There is do much to do and I am truly excited. I have always had a passion for photography but until now I've never really considered it as a career option.

Update 07/22/13. So I decided that I am definately going to take at least one photography class at the community college in the fall. I want to take 2 classes but that will depend on my schedule as I work part-time and I'm a full-time mom.

07/31/13

I am registered for two photography classes for the fall semester. I am taking Digital Darkroom (basically learning Photoshop) and an advanced photography class. I am so excited to take these classes but not excited about the cost. I was shocked at how much 6 credits cost at the community college. If fact tuition is literally four times the amount I paid 13 years ago. Unbelievable!!!! I can't imagine what the cost will be in 16 and a half years when my daughter will be college bound.

 
 

I must say I really love my iPhone 5. I use it for almost everything. I only use my PC when I am using Excel, downloading photos, Photoshop, or working. I actually got on my PC today to browse Pinterest and my Google drive and I was back using my phone within 10 minutes because it just felt so wrong. I know... It's crazy. I need to get an iPad but even then I still think I will be partial to my Iphone. I literally can hold my phone with one hand and text, edit, browse, play Candy Crush, listen to audiobooks/ music, pay bills, etc. I can literally go on and on and on.

 

I have been in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for the past 18 years and I have been a Paramedic and an EMS educator for the last 10 years. Up until 2010 I either worked or volunteered as an EMS provider. Unfortunately in 2010 I came down with an acute Illness that left me very ill. I did recover but it was a long process both physically and emotionally. I truly thought at one point that I would never set foot on an ambulance again...

Last night, after almost three years, I got back on the ambulance as a Paramedic. My Rescue Squad welcomed me back with open arms and I got to do my first shift back with some great EMS providers that I also consider great friends.

It feels great to be back. I will be volunteering one 12- hour shift per month.

 

I just adore my beautiful baby girl!!