Taking the final step to my dreams!


posted on 30th of march, 2012

After taking slow and erratic steps into this wonderful world of photography and after seven years of determination I have finally decided to leave the financial comfort of my "real job" and dedicate myself in full to photography and I cannot express the wonderful free feeling that I have!!! After finally leaving a personal relationship over 2 years ago that kept my personality suppressed and having worked for others always and other peoples ideas and commands for many years too, the feeling of freedom is just amazing. Along side comes fears, responsibility and insecurities but I wash them a way with my new found future :)

Who would have ever thought seven years ago when I squealed with delight at that first 20 cents sale that I could come this far.
I think this was one of my first selling images, the actual first I have deactivated some time ago! Taken with my point and shoot on automatic and by the looks of it with a pop up flash....and I treasure it!
The breaking point for me was when I reacted to an image request on the forums and the photo that I presented for it just "took off" Since then I realized "hey there is money to be made here, not just fun"

I was always held back by time...I have been virtually a single Mum of twins boys and my daughter for years and years
(Husband not home etc...Long story not for forums) had one full time job and coached at gym clubs and dance clubs too so have never found much time to shoot, retouch and upload. I was looking for more financial security as a means of escape from a relationship that financially I was tied to and thanks to stock I have now achieved :D

I know I joined when it was easier to get into stock but I am proof that if you follow your dreams and do your homework (practical and theory) you can do and become what you want.
As a child I was taught that by my father, he always said to us "if you want to be something then you have to go out and get it" He wouldn't help us as he wanted us to prove how much we wanted it. That was my first dream in life....becoming a professional dancer....and I danced professionally from the age of 17 to 35

The next milestone in my life has arrived and I feel a little like the young girl in this image with my sons pulling me back down to earth at times..... Dreamstime, be prepared....I have time on my hands :)

Comments (56)

Posted by Godfer on March 31, 2012
We can all do it!!! Its not worrying about how to get there...but seeing yourself there! You must have no doubt in your mind! All the best to all of you and I hope to see more of us posting blogs saying the same as me :)
Posted by Roberto1977 on March 31, 2012
Great!!! I wish you all the best!
Posted by Lfmpereira on March 31, 2012
I wish all the luck in the world for you. Never stop chasing your dreams.
I wish i could have that strength. :)
Posted by Preckas on March 31, 2012
Super! I wish I had the courage to follow your steps! Best of luck!
Posted by Egomezta on March 30, 2012
Congratulations and best wishes in this new opportunity.
Posted by Danp68 on March 30, 2012
Tremendous, good for you. You have always been one of my favorite photographers - I love your style, natural models, natural lighting. Keep moving forward!
Posted by Alvera on March 30, 2012
best post ever
Posted by TMarchev on March 30, 2012
Good images:)
Posted by Rosedarc on March 30, 2012
Congratulations on your new found freedom, I have no doubt that you will soar!
Posted by Godfer on March 30, 2012
Thanks again all...Debbie the peace and hugs are always welcome :D
Posted by Dmccale on March 30, 2012
MANDY THAT'S IS WONDERFUL I know they better watch out,You will continue to succeed.Congrats Peace and Hugs Debbie
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on March 30, 2012
Awesome! I wish you nothing but success and smooth sailing ... you've earned it! Keep us posted on your progress. K-
Posted by Adeliepenguin on March 30, 2012
I am so very, very happy for you, and wish you all the best!!! You have talent, experience, and a wonderful portfolio. I am prepared, and am awaiting, to see what is next!!!
Posted by Godfer on March 30, 2012
Thanks everyone for your good wishes ....I am fortunate to have the had the best parents and family in the world and who's wise advises have always helped me :)
Posted by Akreinick on March 30, 2012
Wonderful Congrats!!
Posted by Clearvista on March 30, 2012
Congratulations on not just becoming a full time photographer but for also having the courage to change your life for the better. I wish you all the best in everything you set out to achieve. Your Fathers wise advice has given you great strength to become free spirit. :)
Posted by Rigsby8131 on March 30, 2012
Congratulations on your achievements so far!!!

I wish you the very best of luck and continued success for the future!!!
Posted by Bradcalkins on March 30, 2012
Congratulations on taking the risk. Best of luck !
Posted by Martingraf on March 30, 2012
wish you all the best and that bit of luck you need to succeed :) - I'm in my second year doing this, so I have a little bit of time - feel like being in an apprenticeship, but in one which I finally love doing!
Posted by Wisconsinart on March 30, 2012
It's a whole new world when you realize the difference between doing this for fun versus doing this for fun AND profit. :-)
Posted by Mani33 on March 30, 2012
From what it seems you will make it right! Best of luck! :)
Posted by Miraclemoments on March 30, 2012
Awesome...good luck and keep at it. Nothing better than being your own best boss :-)
Posted by Libux77 on March 30, 2012
Incredible story! I wish all the best....you realized a dream of many of us. Your father can be proud of you! Congratulations
Posted by Grisho on March 30, 2012
That article totally made my day. Have a great time with your new life :)
Posted by Haslinda on March 30, 2012
Wishing you the very best! You already have an awesome portfolio. A great aspiration and guidance to us newbies. Cheers to a new adventure and I am sure there will be many milestones ahead :)
Posted by Godfer on March 30, 2012
Sorry for the shambled arrangement of the photos... its my first blog :)

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