Photo By: Sonia Martin Photography
I started my photographic journey 5 years ago, when I realized I wanted to do something that would allow me to stay home with my kids. I tried many things but nothing stuck or gave me that passion of working at a job that I would absolutely love. When I had my daughter, I wanted to capture every moment of her growing and learning, because let's face it, the mom in me found everything adorable. It was in that moment, that I realized I wanted to try photography.
My first camera was not a fancy camera, and I mean it was one I purchased from Target that was red and had a crazy zoom. Fortunately, for Christmas my parents and In-laws gifted me a nice camera. At this time, I didn’t know how to edit, I didn’t have Lightroom... let's just say that I had no idea what I was doing. However, I was determined to learn everything I could, and in the end, I found I had a real passion for it.
In that first year, I was surrounded by amazing photographers in my area and saw such amazing talent and thought how the heck am I going to succeed? I was immediately doubting myself. Despite the doubt in the back of my mind, determination took over! I literally took pictures of everything and anything, while trying my best to soak up as much knowledge as I could. I didn’t have a mentor to guide me, as I was too afraid to reach out, but I wanted to succeed and turn my passion into a full-fledged business. I knew that much.
The first couple of years were bumpy for me, and I felt like I was going nowhere but didn’t want to give up. By the third year, my business took off, which made me jump up and down with excitement! Within my third year of business, I felt I was finally succeeding. Of course, I still made mistakes, but I learned from every situation I came across. My fourth year, I felt I knew how I wanted to run my business, how I was going to treat my clients, and how I would manage time between business and family.
I could sit here and say I have it all figured it out, but I don’t most of the time (and that is okay!). Being 5 years in and celebrating 6 years this year, it has never been easy for me, and I have struggled, cried, stressed and been frustrated when I feel like it's not going the way I envisioned it. I have stepped out of my comfort zone more times then I ever thought I would. I was always a person who liked to stay where I was, safely in my comfort zone. I felt I wasn’t going anywhere, and when I did take that jump, I failed, and I hate to fail. I have learned that it’s okay to jump, step out of your comfort zone (and even fail), then get back up and try again.
The one piece of advice I could give anyone who is struggling with doubt throughout their photographic journey would be to keep pushing and keep moving forward. We all compare ourselves to others, we all doubt ourselves, and we all struggle, but it's okay; we're human, it will happen. The more you focus on yourself and your business, the more you will start seeing your business move forward... and if you fall, get back up and try again.
Photos By: Sonia Martin Photography