When I got the e-mail from my former photography professor asking me to give a presentation on my business I just about fell off my bouncy ball (the exercise ball I use as my office chair).
Let me rewind a bit.
I graduated from George Mason University (GMU) in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. My concentration was photography and my minor was Italian. For 3 years I roamed around working as a Government Contractor with no clue what to do with my degree. When I got married this all changed. One of my closest friends, Leigh Ann
, took some incredible photos of my wedding. I said to myself looking at those photos “that is what I want to do” and just like that something clicked inside my heart. I was done with roaming around not knowing what to do… so, I started doing some research online for a new camera and some lenses.
I knew deep in my heart that I never wanted to work an office job again and that I was meant for so much more. I started following many photographers, local and from afar, to get inspired and to educate myself. The journey has had its bumps but I am so grateful for this past year, for all the wonderful people I have met and for all my successes and failures. The last few months have been truly fantastic so when I got the e-mail asking if I could do a presentation about my business for my former photography professor’s Professional Practices class, I just about fell off my bouncy ball.
So today, I got to walk the halls of GMU’s new shiny Art Building and I felt right at home again. Did I mention I LOVE my school (well former school)? YES I DO
As I walked in the classroom to set up, I introduced myself to the students that were waiting for class to start. I pulled out my laptop and got organized. Class started and I was off with my presentation. I am still feeling all warm and fuzzy from this experience because I got to meet fellow artists and share all the wonderful resources I have been given by other lovely folks. I am TRULY grateful for the experience.
As a bonus, Alan Wallace (graphic designer and former classmate of mine), was doing his presentation on branding right after me. So, I stayed and watched and enjoyed all the wonderful information as if I was a student again enjoying class.
Thank you Sue and all the lovely students I met today for letting me talk to you about me and what I do. I wish you all much success in your future endeavors.