An Unexpected Opportunity.

June 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Good Afternoon All,

When I attended Hallmark Institute of Photography, we had a guest speaker visit us. The only thing I remember him saying is "Most of you sitting here will not become photographers".  Really?  That's a hell of thing to announce considering the substantial tuition that everyone shelled out, not to mention squashing our dreams  

Unfortunately he was correct. We had some very artistic and talented students attend Hallmark. As I followed them over the past few years, it was sad to watch these talented people give up their dream and go to work at other jobs to pay school loans and make a living.  I have seen most fade into the background, and one in particular, thrive.  In a digital world where everyone is a "photographer", I have found it extremely difficult to establish a legitimate photography business. But photography is my passion, and through preservance and patience and frustration, an opportunity presented itself to me. Actually, it was sitting right next to me. 

On Memorial Day weekend, my neighbor put on a barbecue for the neighborhood. A group of us were sitting around a table eating and having a beer and introducing ourselves to new people in the community. As it happened, the gentleman sitting next to me, introduced himself as the V.P. of Communications for Beacon College in Leesburg.  When I told him I was a photographer, he told me that he was looking for a local photographer to work with the college and if I would be interested. We set up an initial meeting, and off we go. I will have my first assignment in July. 

My whole point to all this rambling is this. If you have a dream, and you have passion, and you are determined to make it work and not give up, someday, somewhere unexpected, a door may open. And when it does, stick your foot in it and push with all you have. It may never come again. 


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