Moving On

This is a difficult blog post to write, as a part of me feels like I am giving up. But actually, this is about moving on, and there is a big difference. We are often told that if we can find a job doing what we love, we will never have to “work.” The idea being of course, that your work will be fun and won’t seem like work. This is a wonderful concept that works very well for some people, but not for all of us. Sometimes, the thing that we love needs to be our escape, sometimes it truly needs to remain the thing we do for fun–only for fun. Even if you are successful, as many are, in making a living at the thing you love, there is a change the minute you begin to monetize that thing–maybe it’s cooking, writing, music. For me, it’s photography.

I have been involved with photography since I was a child who took horrible photos with my little Brownie camera (yes, I’m that old). I took photography classes in high school and majored in photojournalism. For years, I wanted to be a horse show photographer. I finally made the plunge about ten years ago. For a few years it worked. I enjoyed it and made a little money, though never a profit. I had to stop for some health reasons, among other things, and spent the next several years trying different aspects of the photo business. Nothing really worked, as far as making it a go as a business. There are many reasons (most of them my own fault), and I won’t go into that (I have friends who know exactly what I am feeling) because that’s not the point of this post.

When I was younger, I always felt that I had to finish a book, even if it wasn’t good. As I got older, I realized that it wasn’t worth the time. I have reached that point with my photography. It is no longer worth the time, and more importantly, the money needed to make a business work. Regardless of any other aspects (such as marketing, which I am remarkably awful at managing), photography is a spendy business, with technology constantly changing. It’s not just the cameras, but the software, the computer needed to run everything, the website, taxes, etc. I simply can’t afford it anymore–as a business.

For all my friends who are saying “no, don’t do it!”, I am not giving up photography, just the business. It’s been an albatross around my neck and it’s time to let go. I will be selling my Canon DSLR equipment (anyone interested??), and going mirrorless, which means lighter, which means I will take my camera out more, which means more fun. Life is too short to keep at something that isn’t working. Let go and move on.

14 thoughts on “Moving On

  1. Kristy says:

    Bravo to you Kelly!! I know that was a huge decision but I feel that you are on the right track. Sell what you don’t need, invest in what will work for you and make you happier about taking photo’s again!!! Your future is BRIGHT!!!! You are so talented you just need to believe in YOU!!!!! I know you will enjoy the freedom of a lighter camera!!! Hugs!!! xoxoxoxox

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  2. Deanna Riggs says:

    You have an eye and talent for photography ❤ do it for fun and enjoy it! I have also decided to let go of many things this year…. Now I’m working on being a minimalist…. See if I can get it to where I feel more free, not bogged down with a bunch of stuff – George Carlin always comes to mind! Lol 😙 Love you and your Blog posts

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  3. Tyrannosaurus Fir says:

    Kelly, I’m about to transition to a mirrorless system, too. I’m awfully excited about switching to a smaller form factor for a lot of reasons but at the same time I’m feeling major trepidation (self-taught and a slow learner to boot, I’m a little worried my poor foundation of knowledge in the photographic arts is going to come back to haunt me—- the “aesthetic value” of my work may suffer for awhile as I go over the basics). It could be pretty interesting to compare our experiences with this change, in the near future! From the small sampling of images you’ve shared on your site over time, I could always just sort of tell you came from a position of experience and talent with the craft. I’ll look forward to hearing about how you’re doing with your own adjustment.

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    • Kelly says:

      Jason, I think you will do just fine! Have you decided on a camera yet? I’m a little overwhelmed with choices, though cost will narrow down the field a bit! We’ll compare photos and such soon!


      • Tyrannosaurus Fir says:

        I’m going to go with a Fuji X-T2 (with one or two lenses). I’ve stopped by the camera shop a handful of times over the past year for trying it out with different glass and each time I came away feeling like it was just right for me. At this point, the only thing holding me back is big ticket item-induced procrastination (my pennies are saved up, though).

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      • Kelly says:

        I need to do the same–go actually hold a few more (I’ve only tried the Olympus so far). The prices can be a little scary! I’m a bit frustrated knowing how much I spent on my Canon gear and how little I will get, but that’s the way it goes with anything. Love to hear what you think when you get yours! I’m looking at about two months out still.


  4. Stacey Oliver says:

    Wishing you the very best in this transition. It’s hard for me to put into words just how much this resonates with me. So I’ll just say thank you for posting this. ☺
    – Stacey

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