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It All Started When……

I’ve been a full time photographer for almost 5 years now. FIVE YEARS. It’s crazy to think that I’ve been a photographer longer than I worked in the accounting world, right out of college. The longer I’m out of my accounting career, I’ve noticed people don’t know how it all started. So let me share:

I started my career as an accountant. For four years, I sat behind a desk crunching numbers. Yet with every zero I was entering into those spreadsheets, a bit of my creative soul was dying inside. I didn’t crave an office with cubicles or error-free financial statements. I craved color. Creativity. Feedback from someone besides a manager in a suit.

That’s when I discovered the joys of photography. Suddenly I found myself immersed in a bright, vibrant world where people were in love. I got to make women feel beautiful in front of my camera and men remember why they asked them to get married in the first place. I photographed senior girls, bringing their inner beauty out to shine. To make them look and feel beautiful. What started as a hobby on weekends soon snowballed into a career, and when I launched my photography business full-time a few years ago, I never looked back at the corporate world I was leaving behind. Nowadays my background means I may be the rare creative who looks forward to balancing her books every month. But I wouldn’t trade my days with photography for any CPA license.

This is what I’m supposed to be doing with my life. I love every minute of it.


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  • Jess Hetrick - Such an inspirational story! Follow your dreams!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Russell - You do great work, I’ve always loved photography!ReplyCancel