My Journey…

Feb 21st, 2017

My first week as a full time photographer…

…Now what….

But seriously. Now what.

After working an 8-5 job I was blank. I had no idea what to do. I freaked out for about two days. I honestly still don’t know what I am doing. But what I do know is that I am ready.

I bet you’re asking yourself, how am I ready if I don’t know what to do now?!

Well…Good question. But sometimes you may feel ready even if you don’t know where to start all you need is a little push. Luckily, I have an amazing system of supports from family, friends and mentors.

All my mentors, even the ones from school!
(Which if you didn’t read my bio wouldn’t make sense …hint: go read my bio).

I guess let me tell you the condensed version of why I chose to become a full time photography.

1. I was reaching the point in my job where I was no longer enjoying life, school, or work. I was previously very jazzed and stoked to have the job I did but, as time went on being a mental health case manager hit me and I started to become cynical, mean and disconnected. It was time to end it.
2. I was doing to much on top of buring out. I am a full time masters level student, I was running a part time photography business, a dog mom, a fitness fanatic, and trying to work full time. WASN’T I NUTS?! So I needed to cut out the big part of the problem.
3. Lastly, I have an internship coming up in a few months that is unpaid, I needed to start my photography as a way to build income as I’m doing this internship!

There is lots more too it, but the most important thing to me was that I was going to do something that I was truly passionate about. And in the words of the lovely coach Stephanie Williams.


I had to get it back or I was not going to be a happy camper…

So I had to face some scary thoughts that continued to go through my head:

• Im gonna be poor.
• I am going to feel alone
• I have to focus on this just as much as I do a “day job”

But on the other hand I had the positives to outweigh the monster thoughts:
• I will be doing something I love
• I will no longer have acne or stress rashes
• I will be happy
• I will rekindle my passion for mental health (AKA school…..you read that bio yet?)
• I will be able to find who I am and be myself

So, now. Here I am, after my first week of monsters busting through my brains and faeries dancing around my head I have figured a few things out but guess what,


But again, that’s okay. I’ll survive. So let me tell you what I decided to start doing.

I developed a really cool daily planner for myself! I plan my day out the night before every day. In addition, I have a weekly calendar for appointments I plan way out! I keep myself in check that way!

  • I check my email, social media and post at least ONE THING every day.
  • I make sure to spend time at the gym and ONE HOUR break each day! Either lunch, or taking the furry children to the dog park.
  • I make sure to go out and shoot for fun ONCE a week!
  • I watch one or two hours of photographer education every day!

And that’s just the 8 Hours a day I work on my business!! Not every day is the same and its exciting!

So now what?! ….

Now I get to adventure! Its only the first week and I’ve learned a lot. Even more importantly,


Therefore, I will be sharing with you all what I am learning as I go and sharing what cool tools and things I find along the way!

ALSO throughout this blog I want you all to experience my adventures and creative side! My gallery may contain my images but my blog will contain the excitement!


  • Meg
    Feb 27th, 2017 - 3:52 pm - REPLY

    Woohoo!! Excited to see you do your thing!!!

    • Andrea
      Feb 28th, 2017 - 10:40 am - REPLY

      Thank you so much Meg!! I am so glad I have had the chance to meet everyone in this amazing community!

  • Meredith
    Feb 28th, 2017 - 12:44 pm - REPLY

    Aww, I am so proud of all the work you’ve done and so excited to see where this adventure take you! I know you will do great things and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to watch you grow. You can do it!!!!!!