Follow Your Passions: My Photography Story

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When I was ten, I received my first camera for Christmas. It wasn’t anything fancy, just a basic camera that required film. Sadly, I wanted to take pictures of everything around me and ran through that film so fast. As a ten-year old without an allowance or a job, I had no choice but to shelf my camera- quite literally!

Powder On Brush

By high school one of my cousins had a digital camera- something that had only just came out in the affordable range for consumers. I was constantly borrowing it to take selfies, pictures around the house, and random odds and ends in my life. I always wanted to get more into photography, but something always came up. In high school, my family was pretty poor so something like a camera was considered out of reach. I wanted to take the photography class in high school, but my schedule lacked room for extracurricular classes. By the time I finished meeting by graduation requirements, I signed up for photography. However due to its popular nature, I didn’t get in.

Once I entered adulthood, smartphones came into popularity and the new age of devices were born. A high-end camera wasn’t needed to take beautiful shots- you just needed your phone. I loved being able to snap a photo at an instant. My camera was always by my side in the form of a smartphone. Sadly, I had developed an addiction to my smartphone. I was constantly on it, either talking to people or playing games. After developing anxiety when my phone was misplaced, I decided that during my next upgrade, I would downgrade to a basic flip phone. I didn’t make it long before a twist of fate brought about a blessing in disguise. Three months before my upgrade, the screen shattered on my phone. I lost my pocket sized camera.

Sunset Reflection

 

The Turning Point

I was struggling with the direction of my life and took some time to figure it all out. The corporate world burned me up and spit me out. With nothing but severe depression, I came up with a business idea where I make and sell crafted items online. I grew up being taught a variety of crafts- I learned to crochet by 10, sew by 12, knit by 14- so it seemed the perfect idea.

Stuffed Peppers

 

In order for this business plan to work, I needed a camera to photograph my projects. This was it. It was my chance to get a camera and learn photography. I purchased this camera (<– affiliate link). Within two months of getting my camera and working on my business plan, I started having symptoms of carpal tunnel. I knew it would happen- it happened to both of my parents. But I honestly thought I had a couple more years before it would show itself.

Spending hours and hours a day working with my hands was fine, until the pain set in. My business was still in infancy, and I ultimately made the decision to drop it altogether. There was no guarantee of my success and there might have been a point where my work would have been for nothing, because I will eventually get to the point where I can’t work with my hands without pain.

Pink Flower

 

So after months of work between getting my initial inventory made, photography lessons online, and paperwork to register my business, I scraped it. I was left with two things though- Christmas presents for the next year and a camera. It wasn’t for nothing, however.

What’s Next?

I’ve thought about selling my camera and the equipment, but it brought me such joy in my life. My camera forces me to go outside and capture the full moon. To photograph the budding trees. To capture humanity in all of its glory. Photography is a wonderful medium for expression. In addition to the beautiful photos I ended up with that you see today, I also have found a way to help with my depression.

OC

 

Even when it’s a nice day out, it’s so easy for me to get lost in chores around the house. There’s always something to be done! But I force myself to not allow expensive equipment sit on the shelf and I get out there. I compare my moods from when I left the house to when I return and I am always in a better mood. It has the power to turn my bad day into a great day.

Lakehouse

 

Who would have known that one failed business venture would have brought me back to this passion? That’s why I’m writing this today; to show you that if you have an interest, however mild, you should follow it. Failure comes with lessons; you’ll learn what didn’t work, what does work, and come away better for it.

It saddens me to think of all of the beautiful, heart wrenching, desperate, or joyful images I’ve missed out on over the years. All because I refused to make time for my interests. But no more. It takes conscious effort to make a change and it is worth it.

Do it. Follow your interests and your passions. You might be surprised where you find yourself.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Marie | 29th Mar 17

    “I compare my moods from when I left the house to when I return and I am always in a better mood. It has the power to turn my bad day into a great day.”
    Yup. Same for me! 🙂

    • Meg's Healthy World | 29th Mar 17

      Nature is seriously underrated.

      • Marie | 29th Mar 17

        Absolutely true! There is in fact no such cure as nature. 🙂

        • Meg's Healthy World | 29th Mar 17

          I could not agree more! When I’m having trouble sleeping, I sleep outside. If I’m feeling depressed, then I go outside.

          • Marie | 29th Mar 17

            That’s amazing! 🙂
            Even though I am not as much of an Landscape-Photographer anymore (got hooked with concertphotos and shooting people in general lately ;D) I still love doing it just to calm down and relax. Always works. 🙂

          • Meg's Healthy World | 29th Mar 17

            That’s great that you’re learning new ways to photograph!

            I haven’t had the most luck shooting people and I find I prefer static objects like found in nature. If the shot doesn’t turn out, it’s because of me and not because my subject moved.

          • Marie | 29th Mar 17

            That is a really fair point you’re making here! 😀
            You don’t have to give the subject any advise either which is great if you’re a weirdly shy person like me 😀

          • Meg's Healthy World | 29th Mar 17

            I am also weirdly shy.

            Sie sprechen sehr gut Englisch.

          • Marie | 29th Mar 17

            Thank you! 🙂

  2. Farwa | 7th Apr 17

    These are beautiful pictures Meg. And this post is so inspirational for me because while I love writing and blogging, I feel like I’m failing because I haven’t reached the goals I set for myself. I realise though, that if I do leave blogging, I’ll always regret it.

    • Megan | 7th Apr 17

      You can always adjust your goals for yourself! And to fail at blogging would be to give it up entirely.

  3. Vanessa Edwards (@CookwCharacter) | 7th Apr 17

    What a great article! I’m glad to hear that you are back to your passion – sometimes it takes us awhile to figure out that it really is a passion and something we love! You’ve got beautiful images posted – obviously its a passion you have a talent for! Good luck with your photography!

    • Megan | 7th Apr 17

      Thank you so much for the feedback! The photos in this article are just my favorites.

  4. clairelouiisexo | 7th Apr 17

    I love how positive this post is – well done you for following your passions! Mine is definitely writing and I’m trying so hard to get back into it all.
    Love the photos in this post too, you have an amazing skill!
    Claire xo

    • Megan | 7th Apr 17

      Thank you! I try to be as positive as possible because this world is already so negative.

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