Friday, September 9, 2011

My Future Job

Its been on my mind for a while now...

"How can I make some extra money for our family?"

I have seriously considered selling Mary Kay and becoming a Beachbody Coach. I have thought about going back to work at the new hospital in town. I have even looked up jobs. But the childcare gets me every time. Not only do I not want to have to use it, but we simply cannot afford it.

Then it came to me as I thought seriously about all of this...

Do what you love. Love what you do. Make money while doing it.

*Thats it* - PHOTOGRAPHY!!!

I love pictures more than most. I take a million. I post a million. You can blame my mom for this craziness. She loved pictures and has always taken gobs of them. My sisters and I can turn on a smile faster than she can get the lens cap cover off her camera.

Up until now, my children have been my only little subjects. I must admit though, they are fun to photograph. C has found a love of the camera. D still looks the other way. And little N - well, he just loves me and will smile for me any time I call his name (I am so blessed!).

I don't know how to photograph other people's children yet.

I don't know much about editing.

I don't have the best photography equipment (can you even call my camera and two lenses "equipment" anyway?).

I have no idea how to get started.

All I know is that I love taking pictures. I like my pictures. Other people generally like my pictures. I love to learn. I learn fast. My hubby is a graphic designer. He knows photoshop inside and out. He also knows how to make websites.

I think, with his help, I can do this.

My goal is to take this new venture slowly. I am not going to jump right in blindfolded with my feet tied.

It will be more like...tip toeing very slowly in the cold creek...

If you have any advice on how I can get myself started on this, PLEASE let me know. As with everything I do, I will be researching, reading, and testing in the meantime.

Just today, my lovely husband sat down and gave me a brief photoshop lesson. Check out my first attempt at editing some of my photographs! I am pretty pleased for day no.1's work!

(Feel free to click on any of the images to make them larger)
I will definitely keep you updated on my progress as I develop my skills and figure out what I'm doing :-) Thanks for always being supportive. I have a very good feeling about this.

In fact, its more than a "feeling." Its a Peace.

And on that note, I'm off to


  1. Now that you mention it.. you always do have really great pictures of the kids!
    I think you should totally go for this! You would be good at it =) I love that last pic of Nathan... I miss his cute face!

  2. Randi,
    There are a few photographers here in Charleston that I know through MOPS, and are awesome at what they do. If you want I can talk to them and maybe they can email you? Let me know!

  3. Randi, I know how you get started...use us as your guinea pigs! You can take pictures of my kids anytime, we need some good photos and have a crappy camera! Proud of you! ~Laura

  4. Look into I am a member and I get a lot of info from the forum and they have online classes you can take. I haven't taken any of the classes yet but they are very helpful to people and there are lots of people who have started businesses and they can give you ideas as to where to start. Just a thought I hope this helps. I am thinking of starting my own photo business some time soon. Jen