My mom told me I could be anything I wanted to be. "Even Big Bird?" I asked. I remember her scrunching up her face and giving my question a dubious moment of thought. Then she nodded. "Yeah, I suppose if you wanted, you could apply to be on Sesame Street to dress up in a big yellow bird costume." At the time I was five and didn't know Big Bird was a giant puppet. Sure, part of my little-kid brain was blown by finding out the yellow guy wasn't real, but somehow the rest of what my mom said took root inside of me.
I could be whatever I wanted to be.
Like a Teacher. I once taught high school English. (Brief stint. Though true.)
Or a fitness instructor. (I have a love/hate relationship with crossfit.)
Or, if I wanted, I could be an author that writes fantasy novels about a fierce girl that hunts her father's murderer while evading soldiers out for her blood. Check out my novel, published by Harcourt Children's Publishing on Goodreads.
I could be a designer. (A Photoshop wizard, if you will) Visit EVER SMITTEN Actions where the presets and actions used to edit my images are available.
I could be a photographer.
I've been a wedding photographer for 9 years. I've shot all through out the United States, as well as internationally.
Of all my interests, photography to me is like a pair of old sweats. It's been with me for years and I'll keep it close for years to come. Happiness is my Nikon, a Coke Zero, and a great haunt to shoot.
So here's to big yellow birds and life lessons at an early age that have blessed me with so many fulfilling interests and given me a curiously creative appetite. Come on in and stay awhile.