Taking a leap at 35

Updated: Oct 30

I have been draw to the art of photography for as long as I can remember. My parents always encouraged me to play around with our family's point-and-shoot film cameras, and when I hit middle school I remember them giving me a badass Polaroid camera with the most expensive film I could have ever imagined at the time. I just loved going off by myself and falling into the trans of capturing unique and visual appealing images. I was lucky enough to have been raised in the beautiful town of Littleton, NH and even more so because my family owned a 63 acer horse farm with a few highland cattle and sheep giving me plenty of subjects to stalk and capture from behind my lens. It was when I was in high school that my parents pushed my education for photography even further, and I was able to take two amazing semester long courses studying film photography while attending the outdoor focused prep school, The White Mountain School in Bethlehem, NH. Armed with my beloved 1980's fully manual Olympus OM-1 35mm camera the world of photography became my new passion in life.

Now let's skip forward a bit to attending college at the University of New Hampshire where I had to make the big choice of what I as going to do when I entered the "real world" (whatever that means!). You would think I would have surely jumped right into the fun filled major or photography, or photojournalism, but no, I thought for sure I wanted to be a lawyer. If you currently know me personally, I am sure you are probably laughing to yourself, as my temperament, anxiety and life goal of finding the positive in all things that come my way, would have made me one stressed out child-rights lawyer. Well, luckily my adviser at UNH saw this and strongly suggested I enter the field of helping children from the preventative side instead of trying to save each child after the fact. This is when I dove into another passion I had while growing up, working with children, and I worked towards becoming a young child advocate and early childhood educator/director.

So what happened with my passion for photography? Nothing really happened, I mean that passion was still there, but honestly, as cliché as it will sound we all have different paths we need to explore in life and finding the best fit for you will likely change overtime . Although, photography was a huge part of my life, I felt I wanted to keep it just for me, and I felt working with children could offer me more stability financially while I started built my life away from my family's farm. Full heartily I feel my first career path was the best path for me at that point in my life and I enjoyed the comfort of having routine schedules, summers off, great benefits [holy guacamole, I miss my old healthcare coverage] and a steady salary based income. I was able to meet and help hundreds of kids and parents, prepare myself for raising my own children one day, and gave me the opportunity to travel and relocate, because districts everywhere are always looking for great teachers.

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