This week I have my first official paid photography gig. Ten years ago I picked up a SLR for the first time.
It's been a while since I've been able to indulge in my favorite and typical type of photography (the animals, the stuff that really drives me) and I've only been doing boring staged indoor photography as a favor and nothing else recently. I'm nervous but thrilled to do something out of my comfort zone for an employer. I'm amazed I've gotten to this point and because so much of what I've done has been informally and self taught, I have to give thanks to everyone on Deviantart who has encouraged and constructively critiqued me over the years. I never could have improved to this level or felt enough validation to call myself a photographer, let alone accept an event job, on my own. I hardly use deviantart anymore but I'm so grateful for every favorite, comment, and feature and for having such a great platform to share my stuff with such fantastic people.