Sunday, August 1, 2010

My Dream Career

A few weeks ago, I was at work IM'ing with a friend of mine (yes, I probably should have been doing real work, but hey.....I gotta have social life sometime, right?) and she asked me what my dream career would be.  (If you're interested, hers was working for the Travel Channel like Samantha Brown, who gets paid to go around the world and check out hotels and restaurants).

Anyway, I have had thoughts over the years of what I would do if money were no object, and some of the things I've come up with were:  Owner of a shabby chic type of home decor store, A stay at home mom, and A lawyer.  Interestingly enough, teacher is not one of them, which is unfortunate, since that's what I have my degree in, but hey.....

OK, I am rambling today.  Sorry.  Back to the other day.

So when she asked me what my dream career was, this time, right away I said "Highly paid professional photographer". 

As I have said before, I love pictures.  I love taking them, I love looking at them, I love editing them.  I love it all!  Over the last year or so, I have really gotten more into it, and if I do say so myself, I think I do a pretty good job.  I could use improvement, sure, but for someone who has never taken a class, or read the entire manual that came with her camera, I'm not too bad.

I took some pictures (OK, like 319) of the girls at the beginning of July because it had been a while since we had had professional portraits done.  But since I think I'm so great, rather than paying someone else to do it, I thought I would do it myself.  So, I dressed them up, took them to the park, and played photographer.  I ordered prints at Mpix.com, and I think that I will not pay anyone else to do it again.

These are the two on my mantle:





Not bad, right? 

I had someone at work tell me that he wished he'd known I could take pictures before he hired someone to do his daughter's senior pictures this last week, which only makes me want to do it even more.  Especially after he told me what the guy was charging.  Knowing what prints REALLY cost, and knowing what I've paid in the past?  Man....I could totally make money doing it.  Only problem is start up $$ and time.  What with my "real" job and all.

So anyway, that is what I would do if I could do anything I wanted.

How about you?

3 comments:

Michelle Pixie said...

DITTO! DITTO!! DITTO!!!

Beautiful pictures...I need to do that with my girls asap!

Type A Chronicles said...

Ummmm. y.... you already have the camera... so there is no start up $$$$ and if you book one gig per weekend... you could easily make an extra grand per month.... IT IS POSSIBLE and you should really start doing it. Undercut all of the competition (and you'd still be rolling in the dough) to get initial clients to build your portfolio. You can do it!

Enamul Hoq said...

Really great post and lovely photography . thanks for sharing with us .