I'm done with school and working part-time to pursue my dream of making images full-time. It's incredibly daunting, especially with the thousands of things I need to do in order to start making photography into a viable business. I have so many ideas whirring around in my head and I need to focus them somewhere, which I think is the biggest challenge of all.
While the idea of taking my photography to the next level is frightening, it's incredibly freeing. It is my job now. I don't have to find an excuse to stop working on homework to take a few pictures, it is what I do now. It is my homework. While much of being a photographer is menial tasks and details, it's nice to focus my energy towards something I love instead of school.
My love for the art was renewed when I got to go back to where it all started for me, Hawaii. Now, six years since I started photography, I came with different eyes, wanting to capture photos a little differently than before. It was a refreshing and humbling experience, reminding me of why I got into photography in the first place. The high was in full force.
These photos don't really scream "I was just in Hawaii", but it's a side of Hawaii that I haven't really previously photographed. I never went to Waikiki when I was younger and thought, "Wow, there are so many designer stores I should take photos of." It was enjoyable and different. It reminded me that no matter where I am, no matter how boring the scenery could be, it's up to me to find a good photo in it all. Actually, I was just reading an article I found on Reddit about this very thing. It's a quick read, so check it out.
Here's a couple more shots, then it's bedtime for me.