Mike and I traveled to Sanibel Island, FL in mid-October for a quick getaway together. It gave us a chance to slow down and take a deep breath in anticipation of a very big step that I’m about to take…
I’m extremely excited to share that I’ve decided to leave my full-time career as an Art Director to further develop my career as a professional photographer. I put in my two weeks notice last Friday and, although there are a lot of emotions that come with a decision like this, I am so happy and very ready.
It’s not like I woke up one day and decided to quit my job. Mike and I have been talking about this transition for over a year now. When we sat down to figure out what we’d need to do to get to this point, I cried. Last Friday felt so incredibly far away. I remember feeling like there was no way I could truly grow my photography business and continue my career in advertising for another year. Mike looked at me and calmly said, “Just keep doing what you’re doing…”
So, in the midst of the ups and downs, that’s what I did. I continued to go to my ‘day job’ and kept putting as much energy as I could into photography on the side. Following your dreams is not easy. The idea of it feels and sounds like a happy fantasy. The reality of it is late nights, early mornings and working at it every single day. And, although you love it, you’ll need to take a nap from time to time.
Some really exciting things have happened this year too!
While I continued to cook, style and shoot recipes for the blog every week, I finally managed to launch my Etsy Store (ReganBaroniPhoto).
How about that nap?
I want to share a quote by Jasmine Star that has been very helpful for me this year and I think it’s something that everyone should read daily. She’s an incredibly talented photographer who also took a chance to start her photography business.
“Success isn’t luck, getting a break or having connections… success is showing up everyday when no one is watching and honing your craft, even when you doubt something will come of it.” –Jasmine Star
Thanks for all the love so far! I hope you’ll continue to stick around for the ride! This is just the beginning…
All images © Regan Baroni 2015.