2013: Freelancing Like It’s My Job

December 26th, 2013

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Happy Holidays! The year of 2013 in Grand Rapids has brought a rewarding amount of local photo-shoot opportunities for me. Freelancing has probably been one of the best choices for me to pursue throughout high school. This being that I am not stuck working countless hours at a greasy fast-food joint for minimum wage. I am doing what I love!

I have found that a majority of the work I have been doing these past couple of months have been senior pictures for high school students. This has been quite enjoyable because I am working with peers that are my age so I do not feel the pressure of working under people of those older then I. It has been great experience getting acquainted with a field that includes much of freelance work and for which I cannot be happier.

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Another great experience this past season was doing some family photos for a coworker of my mom’s! And when I mean family photos, I mean the WHOLE family including aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews… you get the picture. Not having much prior experience to was definitely a lot less over whelming once I dipped my toes in the water.

For such a large group of people, the day was very enjoyable because the family was silly and willing to have fun with the pictures, which made my job much easier!

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I recommend for anyone that has any drive or motivation to do any sort of extra work for anyone to at least try freelancing. Whether you do it as a side gig, or as a full time job, the benefits can be quite rewarding as you make the rules and can approach your work as however you please!

This weekend I am off to La Crosse, Wisconsin for a day of wedding photos! I have looking forward to this project for a few months now, and it will be good to get away for a few days before the year comes to a close. I hope you enjoy your weekend readers and had a wonderful Christmas! xxoo

Hello From The Sky: Simple Pleasures

August 19th, 2013

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+Happy Monday readers! I am still pulling my thoughts and memories together from this past trip. I am really finding out quickly how much I adore travel and being so far away from my normal habitat. While it is good to be back home after a long time away from home, traveling is a euphoria in which we are living a life outside of anything like our normal routine, and that’s what makes travel so exciting!

+I am going to be honest with you, I had anxiety out of my mind before flying last week. I hadn’t flown on a plane since I was nine years old in 2006 and I was already afraid of flying, yet I loved the idea of air travel. It was a weird concept to be afraid of something you find so extraordinary.

+My first flight from my trip began with a lot of nerves and a surely beating heart. The feeling of “life or death” that hits your mind as you race down the runway waiting to see lift off is unreal the first time. You then feel the sigh of relief as you get through the clouds and everything is smooth in the Troposphere. At that moment, I could think about where I was and just observe.

+I envy those who travel on the regular, I envy that there are people who get to be more in common with the views from an air craft and the world above. The perspective is so foreign to you where it creates a mix of anxiety and wonder.

+Looking back on it now, it is easy to be envious of that view because when you are up there cruising through aerospace, it is just so much more peaceful. If you can manage to drown out the sounds of the little piece of society that is flying up there with you, you can take in the wonder of air travel.

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I hope you got something out of this little reflective piece I worked on this past weekend. I find myself trying to get the most spiritually when I go somewhere new, and I always seem to end up taking it all in after I am home and feeling nostalgic. I hope you enjoy your weeks readers, and I encourage you to be more observant of your surroundings when you are somewhere new. You might find something extraordinary in the simplest of places. xxoo