You know how they say you should 'expect the unexpected.' I should've listened. I never thought it would happen to me. Call it arrogance. Call it naivety. Whatever you call it, it was definitely unexpected.
December 2016 brought on a first that I would've preferred to go without in my life. I got a call from my wife right as I left from work for the day. She was worked up and emotional. When I asked what was wrong, she told me that we had a our house broken into. Our cute little love nest had been violated. My mind rushed to images of overturned tables, shattered glass, and an empty home. Luckily, that wasn't the case. But there were a few other cases that was missing. My laptop case. My iPad case. My camera case. Three very important cases, and their contents, were not in the house. Someone decided they should have the very tools that I use to create and generate a side income.
Thank God my wife wasn't home when it happened. I am glad nothing else was taken. I am very appreciative that the thieves at least locked the door on the way out as they left. I mean, they didn't want anyone breaking in right?
I thought that was the end of my photo endeavors. I would just go on with shooting any memories on my iPhone and the world would go on. But that didn't last.
I was presented the chance to shoot a video for my gym. I had very minimal experience with video. Photos were more my thing. And I lacked a very important piece of the creative process, a camera. But I decided I wasn't going to let equipment be my limiter. And the gym owners were okay taking a risk with me shooting the footage on my iPhone.
My wife still had a laptop, so I was able to edit the footage and produce a decent promo video with minimal equipment. Since then, I have had others approach me to produce and edit other videos. Then I was approached to shoot portraits for a few families. That is when I decided I wasn't going to let something external dictate what I did with my life.
So here we are. The beginning again. I have recognized my creative gift and passion, and I am not going to let a 'lack' of resources tell me I can't do what I love.
Come with me on the next leg of this adventure!