While on photography shoots I have this habit of smiling while I take photos of clients. I wouldn't ever call it a bad habit by any stretch. But it is something I catch myself doing and by the end of the day my cheeks are incredibly sore. Everyone knows the saying "love what you do and you'll never work a day in your life," so I don't really see my job as work.
It really isn't a job to me either, it's more of a drive to capture life and happiness. I mean really, who wouldn't love taking photos of little ones when they're just finding their voice. Or a groom's face when he first sees his bride on their wedding day. Like a lot of people I wear my heart on my sleeve, I'm a sucker for a good romantic comedy or even a great youtube video. So it comes so natural to me to want to photograph the happiest and most exciting times in people's lives.
Getting to be an artist had always been my dream from a very early age. Once I started school I thought that wasn't ever going to happen. No one made a career out of being an artist, it wasn't realistic to dream that dream for a lot of my classmates, including myself. You had to think about being a veterinarian, a scientist, a teacher or a doctor in a lot of people's books. So I kept that dream I had and put it on the back burner for a long time.
Looking back I think I always had my back burner career boiling over all the time, it seeped into ever class project, every speech and paper. Thankfully my parents saw I had that dream and fueled it in every way possible.
So now, sore cheeks after every session is what I live for. Sore cheeks means a good day on the "job." Success in my mind is coming home to look at photos and having a mini dance party with Booker because of a great shot. So whatever you're doing, whatever career you choose I hope you also come home with sore cheeks.