NOVEMBER 14, 2018

INSPIRED

MY PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNEY

“Ignoring your passion is slow suicide. Never ignore what your heart pumps for. Mold your career around your lifestyle, not your lifestyle around your career.”

When I was younger I would always hear these terrifying words –“If you don’t use your talent, you will lose it.” In my undeveloped mind, those words were terrifying, only because at that moment I didn’t know what my true talent was or my purpose on this earth. I would always pray to God to help me to discover the talent that he gave to me and ways to use it to fulfill my true purpose. I thought that if I wasn’t using my talent I would probably lose it before I even discovered it. In my mind it seemed as if there was a timer that was already set for me to find and also start using my talent or else it would be gone.

As a teenager I realized my deep love for fashion and the level of confidence it brought me. I appreciated that I can express my mood through it. I never felt confined by a rule or a trend; I’ve always felt that fashion trends will come and go but having style is what is truly important.

In high school I made the decision to pursue mental health and human services as a career but by the time I met my husband I was going through what felt like a “career depression”. The one thing I thought I wanted to do for so many years was now stifling me. The battle between true purpose and a career path that I felt comfortable talking about with others was now raging. At that point I felt lost, confused and without any guidance; I wanted to just ignore my heart.

When my husband and I met we would go out often to take photos of the city; I never knew how much I would love it. My sisters bought me a Samsung NX 300 camera for my birthday a few months earlier and I used it almost every day.

My love for photography blossomed. I fell in love with the way a picture can tell such a great story, as well as inspire. Videography then became my next love. From then on I knew for sure that I discovered my purpose. I later learned how to use the editing software –Final Cut Pro. Doing Lookbooks and creating content for my YouTube channel and my Instagram page was the most sacred and fulfilled feeling I’ve felt.

I love sharing my work. Looking at what was once an idea in my head brought about a wonderful accomplished feeling. On the other hand, sharing what I felt was my babywas terrifying. Not knowing if people would appreciate my work as I did. Nevertheless, my goal at the end is to inspire. It gives me great joy knowing that I inspired someone by the work that I put out. Often times the gratifying feeling comes when I receive a save on any of my Instagram post. It doesn’t matter how many likes or comments I receive but whenever I see that at least one person saved my work I feel like I’m accomplishing my purpose to inspire.

My goal in life is to be the best that I can be at fulfilling my purpose and passions, and my hope is that by sharing my passion with the world I can inspire at least one person to remember to follow their dreams, no matter how young or old.

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© 2019 by Bayonne Hutchinson.