Middle of the Road

So I’m trying to start a photography business. Turns out that’s incredibly difficult to do. Do you know how many photographers are in my area? Hundreds! And a lot of them are significantly more skilled than I am. What a crappy realization to come to. Maybe it’s mature I don’t know. I’d like to think my photography is really good. I know my editing skills are great yet, but you know, I’ve got a decent eye for things. But that’s so hard to market apparently. I mean, where do I even start? I need money for business cards, maybe to promote some of my MANY social media sites I’ve started for the business, I need a domain name for an official website, just to name a few. BUT I need business to generate money that I can invest into my business. So I literally can’t move forward without money, yet I can’t get money without moving forward. What kind of crap is that. So I’m feeling a little defeated today. And I’m feeling quite small in the photography world. But I’ll stay stubborn and keep trying to push forward. And I’ll keep working on my skills so that one day I can be one of “those” photographers, with the really amazing edits and perfectly framed shots. One day..

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Valentine be Mine

As the day comes to a close, I just want to say I hope everybody had an amazing day today. Even if you don’t have a “special someone”, I hope you took at least a moment to acknowledge your own appreciation for yourself. You are all incredible human beings with potential, talent, and the ability to inspire the world with your art. So no matter how your day was, always remember to love yourself first. Nobody else can fill that void, you have to fill it yourself. Isn’t that crazy?! The thing we crave the most, we have the ability to fulfill ourselves. So keep taking the world head on. Keep putting yourself and your art out there. Keep making an impact, even as small as a returned smile at the grocery store. Spread love everywhere you go, always encourage, and continue to appreciate. Have an amazing Tuesday 🙂 I hope I was able to inspire you to realize your own self worth. Happy Valentines Day ❤

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Help Build a Life Saving Brand

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So I had a totally different, more “professional” description. But let’s get real here. I have Multiple Sclerosis, and was recently diagnosed Bipolar. The hard honest truth is that I have been dramatically depressed for a long time. I have been through so much, and made so many mistakes, pursued all the wrong careers, that I got to the point that I genuinely just didn’t know what purpose I served anymore. Wondering if it would really even make a difference if I just vanished. I felt I couldn’t achieve anything more worthwhile than being a decent housewife. Even then I lacked in a lot of areas. I had no passions, no talents, no job, no reason to keep pushing forward.

BUT, then I picked photography back up. Within a month I had booked my first gallery show, supporting awareness for Bipolar Disorder. Now I’m in the works of my photos being published in a huge national blog by the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

I finally discovered my purpose. I know it sounds dramatic, but photography, and creating this idea for a brand, has literally given me a reason to live, keep pushing forward, and not give in to the hopelessness I had so deeply fallen into. I could go on and on about how my life has drastically improved as I found a purpose and passion. But eventually it would turn into rambling. All you need to REALLY know is that Photography saved my life. I’d like to keep the momentum alive for as long as possible.

Please support my journey of self improvement. Help me achieve something I can be proud of, and make a difference with. Help me continue to have hope for something better. Please don’t let my extreme social vulnerability be a lost cause.

Money will be used to obtain business license, domain name, domain email, marketing tools (business cards, ect), and remaining professional equipment needed to be the best I can be.

contributors will be honorably mentioned on my official website.

Please, donate today to the idea that saved my life

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Thank you,
Jessica Hartman