Reconnecting with my passion of photography

It’s been a while since I’ve shared any updates with y’all. The last few years have been a whirlwind in a few ways. 

My passion for photography got sidetracked due to significant changes in my career.  From 2016-2019 I traveled so much that I literally got burned out with photography. I put the camera down and really didn't have the same passion I once did to create images. 

That is when I turned my attention back to my career. I've been at my company for 20 years now, wow, 20 years. A few years ago I saw the opportunity to progress in my career and make a meaningful impact to my clients' lives on a daily basis.  When I am not taking photos, I am helping families and individuals plan for their financial future. I took the last couple of years to refocus, no pun intended, on developing my skills as a financial planner. It's been a wild ride the last 2 years that showed no signs up letting up. I was engulfed in my career leaving little room, or energy for that matter, for photography.  

The pandemic changed all of that. I started working from home in March 2020 and the restrictions of the pandemic all but confined me to my house.  It gave me the opportunity to reflect on where I've traveled the last few years, how I progressed in my career, and now that I had all of this extra time, I got caught up on all the items in my mental checklist at home.  With so much more time on my hands I started to think that I really did miss creating new images to share with others.  I was able to determine that I loved my job as a financial planner because I was able to help improve someones financial future, while providing them with peace of mind they sought. they trusted me with their life savings. 

As I pivoted back to thinking about why I wanted to get back to creating images and how it would improve others lives it became clear. 

First, it was a great way to immerse myself in the beautiful landscapes that so many of us appreciate. 

Second, it allowed me the ability to capture images the way I saw them, and the fullfillment I got from hearing how others saw my photos through their eyes. 

Lastly, it gave me joy to share images that I created with those that also shared my same passion for the beautiful world, but were unable to experience it themselves for various reasons.  The pandemic has certainly impacted so many people in various ways that it broke my heart to see so many negatively impacted with their health and financial well being. 

I wanted to create again so I could show others that this world was still beautiful. When it seemed like the sky was falling, my images could be an escape for them, even for a brief moment.  As our state of North Carolina started to reopen I ventured out to the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains at Roan Mountain for the annual summer Flame Azalea and Rhododendron blooms along the Appalachian Trail on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.  I ended up traveling to Roan Mountain 3 times in a 2 week period in June because I could not get enough of the beauty and just did not know how best to capture it in a photo. The below shots are from my recent trip and hope y'all enjoy them.  

As I sit here writing this blog, I realized that my passion for photography did not go away, and I am glad because it allowed me to reconnect with my creative process that so that I can share new images  from places that others are not able to experience themselves.