Back then I didn’t have the guts to go all in to become a full-time photographer, so I kept my job… actually two day jobs I had at that time – I was working full-time as a preschool teacher and one week a month I would also work as a firefighter.
I wanted to become a full-time photographer.
I still started to chase this dream of becoming a full-time photographer.
Not only did I want to become a full-time photographer, I also wanted to be the best possible photographer I could be for my clients.
I wanted them to have an amazing experience from the beginning till the end. Everything from the process of booking, to through the actual shoot, until I delivered the final product to them.
I intinctly understood that I couldn’t be everything for everyone so I tried to focus on what I did best, which was weddings and families, and I also loved couple sessions.
I started going to workshops.
I had been shooting since I was a kid and I had been shooting weddings for five years, but I still felt like there was so much to learn.
So I started going to all these different seminars and workshops to learn even more.
I also met Volker and David, who taught me a lot of about business and business tactics – some I agree with and some I don’t – but that’s okay.
I was on fire.
Life was moving really fast. I was traveling a lot. I was taking care of three small children at home. Me and my wife were renovating the house. My wife also traveled a lot in her work.
I photographed. I partied. I met people. I had so much fun. I was doing a good job. I only had happy clients and everything was intense and wonderful.
Until one day it wasn’t. Things started to go slower and slower and became harder and harder – until one day I woke up and I I couldn’t get out of bed any more.