When I was getting ready to graduate from high school, oh so many years ago, like so many other young adults I was faced with that all important decision, ‘what’s next?’. What do I do with my life? At the time, as a teenager, I was really into photography. I used to go out every night and photograph the sunset and mess around with time lapsed photography. I actually thought I was good. I wanted to be a Photographer when I grew up.
Well… my dad, in all his wisdom, steered me in another direction. “Why don’t you go do something that actually makes money? You can be a Photographer when you retire.”, he told me. Wise words indeed. I don’t know what the percentage of Photographers made a successful living at it, particularly back then – before the age of photo workshops and online presence, but it wasn’t very high. And you had to be VERY good – David Muench good.
So I followed my dad’s sage advice and became an Engineer. Now that I’m retired I have picked up my camera and tried to get serious about taking real photos. Moreover, I set a goal for myself… I wanted to be published. Not just published, but published in Arizona Highways. A girl can dream, right?!
To my total aghast and surprise, I got a call from Arizona Highways yesterday. Crazy, right?! They had selected one of my deer photos for the 2017 AZ Highways calendar… not for a large month photo- but as a little inset photo. Baby steps, though. I’m going to have one of MY photos on AZ Highways 2017 classic calendars. Be still my heart. OMG! My dad would be proud.