I am so happy that photography ended up being my path in life
How did you end up in the profession you are in? Did you always know what you wanted to do?
Believe it or not, I didn’t always know I wanted to be a photographer…
I struggled for a long time on figuring out what to do. I ended up picked my photography major late in college because I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go and nothing was clicking.
I knew I wanted to own my own business, and that was the route that was meant from me. I came from a family of entrepreneurs and I went through idea after idea of different things that I thought would be right for me. (This included a frozen yogurt shop, a place where you paint ceramics, cupcakes (I even started brainstorming cupcake flavors!), lots of different things)
I knew I wanted to do something creative, and something that I could do when I have kids and still have the ability to stay at home a lot with them!
Eventually, after I was in college for about 2.5/3 years I decided that I was going to take a leap and choose photography as my second major (my other was Italian, the language! I love languages!)!
I have to give the credit of the ultimate decision of choosing photography to my beautiful home state of Colorado. It is beautiful, and I wanted to take nice photos of it, it inspired me all the time, and one day it clicked in my head that this is something I should do.
Did I have a plan? Nope!
Was I inspired and motivated? Yep!
But! There was one problem! I loved taking photos, that was so much fun! But thinking about what I was going to do with it after college terrified me! I did not know or how to talk to clients, how to direct people, how to do any of that, and to tell you the truth I didn’t think I could do it.
I was 100% scared.
And to tell you another truth bomb at one point in time I decided that it was not something I was going to pursue after I graduated.
And in fact, I didn’t!
I had a great opportunity to work at a great dentist office and I took it! It was an awesome learning experience (and the Dentist I worked for really loved photography as well! Maybe it was a sign?!)
It wasn’t until one of my best friends asked me to do her co-worker’s daughter’s senior photos that I even thought of doing a session. And it took some convincing.
Eventually, I said ok.
Then what? How was I going to do this? I went to college, I knew how to work a camera, I knew how to take photos, but working with people was a whole new beast (and something I avoided doing previously when it came to photography)
So, I did a practice session with my friend, so I could get a little more comfortable with taking photos of people, and then I did the senior session!
AND I LOVED IT!
Yes, I loved it, and that one session spiraled into other sessions out in Colorado, and next thing you know…Photography on Fleek was born! Yes, that was the name of my business… I even went and got it registered as a Fictitious Business Name (but didn’t carry through with putting it in the newspapers like you are supposed to do to make it official, which means…it’s available! Hehe)
And then I got married to my hunky best friend and moved to San Diego, continued with Photography on Fleek, switched my business name to Geena Crawford Photography, and here I am today, 4 years later! And I couldn’t be happier!
It took getting over my fear of directing and working with clients, seeking out clients, and a lot of learning curves with owning my own business. It was hard, but 100% worth it.
I would be lying if I said I didn’t still get nervous or have certain fears, but it is true that if you face fears, they get easier and easier to deal with. And I think that a few nerves are good because it shows how much you care about what you’re doing and you want to achieve a certain goal!
Alright, this post has gone on way longer than I intended! I started writing it as an Instagram post and then I was running out of characters (about half this post ago haha) So, I switched it to a blog post!
I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about my story! I would love to hear about what you do and how you got there! Tell me your story in the comments!