just a hobbyist

I have been repeating those words for years, prefacing my photography with them - maybe even hiding behind them. Does the word ‘just’ lower the expectation of the viewer or have I been using it as a safeguard to sharing an imperfect image? Neither is my truth, yet until recently I let it define me.

Since I was just a hobbyist, I was on the fence about enrolling in a class to build a website.  What would be the purpose for a non-professional?  After a few emails with Sharon, I knew I had to just go for it and I am so grateful I did.

When I read the first lesson of Un-branding with Sharon McKeeman of The Define School, I knew it was going to be a special experience.  Sharon generously shared her knowledge and personal journey.  Her feedback was encouraging and genuine. The most surprising part of the six weeks was finding inspiration in my own images and recognizing them as art.   

My truth is that I am passionate about this hobby; that I have gone from being my worst critic to falling in love with those same images that were far from perfect; and although I shoot for myself I would love for you to connect with my images and words.  I may not draw, sculpt or paint, but my art is the images I create with my camera.

I am a passionate hobbyist.  I am an artist.