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Where ya been?

I haven't written a blog post since April 29th....and that's not ok. It bothers me that I have neglected my blog for over a month now! I wasn't just sitting there not doing anything, well sometimes I was but I was tied up with graduation and all that stuff. I also shot a proposal of a friend and classmate. You can check out some of my pictures here! http://buff.ly/1XFfp8N

I finally graduated college! If you haven't clicked my about page yet (you should have!), I attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania. I graduated Cum Lade on May 6th! As I'm writing this I just realized I have mentioned this multiple times in previous blogs.

Anyways, I have been working with a chiropractor (smithchiro.net) on his social media and website. I've focused most of my time working on that along side working at U-Haul. So, no full time job yet but working (technically) three part time jobs.

I plan on getting on the grind of writing blogs every two weeks. Next blog will be June 22nd. Keep an eye out for it!

Update and award

Hello all,

Sorry I have not written in a while. This coming up week is finals week. So, this pass week has been pretty busy, working on group projects, and typing papers. The blog will definitely pick back up after I graduate.  Almost done!

Last night, I attended the Communication department awards reception thing. I knew I was getting an award for being in The Clarion Call and what not. However, I wasn't expecting this one. I received third place for news photo. This is a national contest hosted each year by the Society of Collegiate Journalists. Someone likes my work!

Well, that is all I have today. Have a great weekend! Next blog, will probably be up 2 weeks from now. As I need to finish up school. Thanks!
 

How to determine what to do with your (creative) life

This blog is going to be a little different than the rest. This will not be the standard photography tips/tricks. However, this will be something I want to talk about since I am starting to realize this now.

As some of you may know, I am currently a second semester senior. I am studying strategic communications with a concentration in advertising/PR. I have also completed two minors, one in marketing and one in business administration. So where does this all some into play?

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But don’t you go to school for photography? Actually, I do not. Photography was something I picked up my senior year of high school. From there I watched hundreds of YouTube tutorials and read many articles on photography.  And occasionally, got a few tips from my father. I feel as if a lot of people have run into this problem.

The problem is, what to do with your life. Do I find a job in my area of study or do I follow my dreams of becoming a photographer? This is a decision that many face at the end of their college career. I am now facing this decision.

Recently, I have been hearing follow your dreams a lot and just do what you want to do. However, this is very hard decision because I am an adult now. I just can’t go out and do whatever I want and come home to mommy and daddy. I need to support myself and my family (when I get there).

I feel that there will be some waiting on that dream for right now. As for any new/amateur photography, you need to get your name out there. You need to build an audience/following.  In my opinion, you need to find a job that you are able to provide for yourself. When you’re not working that job, you have your photography job. This allows you to have some income while following your dream. Then when your photography has taken over your day-to-day job, you can go full-time photographer.  I understand that this may not be in a couple months or even years (I hope not!). I think the biggest thing I need to work on right now is just creating content constantly and keep practicing. You are only making yourself better. And soon that day will come, when you can call yourself a full-time photographer.

Good luck.

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