When my friend Barby contacted me to shoot Sebastian’s 3rd birthday session I was super excited! He is such a cutie pie and what a personality. It was his first time riding a bike and he LOVED it. We wanted to incorporate cars since he loves them and he’s a huge fan of Spider Man. Sebastian even shoots out webs like Spider Man…. ;) Oh and did you know Sebastian, I mean Spider Man loves Oreo Cookies?!
I think every babies 1st birthday is a BIG DEAL! It’s a huge milestone that US parents survived the baby stage lol. I had the pleasure of shooting Daniel’s Newborn Session and a few other times but this was extra special. I can’t believe how fast time is going and he’s already ONE! Mommy and Daddy are great friends and I couldn’t be happier to capture these precious memories for them. Here are a few of my favorite ones!
Michelle & Miguel are expecting a baby boy in just a few weeks! I remember the anticipation and the amazing feeling of becoming a parent for the first time and so are they. It was a bit warm but such a beautiful Miami day. I loved the feel and lighting during their shoot. Miguel, soon to be daddy, is a HUGE Dolphin fan and had to incorporate just a little football into the session. Loved spending time getting to know them and I can’t wait to meet their baby boy Ethan for his Newborn Session!
On the way back from my little getaway weekend from Disney for Valentines, hubby wanted me to listen to a video he found. My husband Robert is really BIG on motivation, inspiration and personal development. I don’t always engage in what he reads or videos he watches (I know, I know I should) but there are a few he always shares with me because he feels l can connect and relate. Well he was right on with a video from Gary Vaynerchuk back in 2008. It really got me thinking. He didn’t sugar coat anything and spoke to his audience with PASSION and REAL talk.
So I wanted to share my thoughts and write a blog about it and how dead on he is. How many of you work and absolutely hate what you do? It’s so hard to break the 9-5pm security blanket. I know first hand how hard it is to pursue your dreams and make it happen. I worked in corporate America for so many years and thought I could never own my own business or do what I really, really deep down wanted to do.
Before I went full-time as a photographer I worked 9-5 and did photography on the side. I had to build a foundation for my business until I was able to sustain an income my family needed. It took me about 3 years to do it….but I did! Till this day, I continue to work, learn and grow my business. What is holding you back from your dream job? What are your weaknesses and what are you doing to correct them? What is your passion? If you could, right now leave the job you hate, what would you do?
I know some of my weakness and what kept me from doing what I love…FEAR and DOUBT! I doubted myself so many times. “I’m not good enough”, “My work will never look like that”, “I can’t afford all the expensive equipment”….the list goes on and on. The biggest one for me was Fear. Fear of the unknown, fear that I wouldn’t be able to leave my 9-5 and make a decent income to help my family. I’m sure some of you can relate, its human nature.
But put all that aside. You need to believe in yourself and put in the work. Yes I am lucky to do a job I love and be able to take care of my baby. But it didn’t come on a silver platter or just given to me. I worked years to get where I am. I put in the time and investment because I knew a little part of me couldn’t just give up on my dreams. I believe my work ethic and my built-in “hustle mode” has led me to where I am today. You can too! Believe in yourself and you WILL make it happen. Their will be sacrifices you will need to make and calculated financial risk but don’t be afraid to at least try!
In the video Gary mentioned, “if you want to blog about smurfs…smurf it up”! I couldn’t stop laughing but it is so true. If smurfs are your passion go full force with EVERYTHING that has to do with a smurfs, he adds.
Here is the video to Gary’s speech Gary Vaynerchuk – Do what you love!(no excuses) and hopefully you can get a little something out of it. Why am I sharing? Because it was shared with me. If I can just inspire or help ONE person in any way, I am happy. I really enjoy helping others. I truly care about my clients and what their needs are when it comes to photography. I hope you can fulfill your dreams just like I did! Don’t stop hustlin…just keep going and believe!
*Some of his language may not be appropriate to you…just a little heads up*