One day at work at the University of Washington, back in 2013, I was having a conversation with my boss about my future. I’d just passed my seven-year anniversary at my job and was getting antsy for what would come next. I’d been building my photography business on the side of my event planning role, and it was all I could think about. I knew something would have to change. My boss drew me a simple diagram: a circle with me at the center, and a bunch of lines radiating from the circle, like a sun. One line held the word “current role”, another line held “something else within UW”, a third line held “photography”, and the rest were left empty for limitless possibilities. He said to me, “Basically, Tara, I think your biggest risk is if you stay right here,” and he circled the first two lines.
I often recall that conversation and those words whenever I’m hesitant to do something, because really, so often, the biggest risk is standing still.
Soon after, I ventured out to pursue my photography business full time, and I haven’t looked back. (Well, except for the fact that I’m regularly photographing portraits for amazing people and covered event photography at the UW.) I’m grateful for every single day that I get to wake up and choose my own adventure; that I get to connect with and create artwork and content for kind, beautiful and fascinating people; and that there is always something new to learn. The combined experiences of my focused photography types and entrepreneurship traits have shaped my life in ways that I never planned. The fact that I can go on vacation without having to get approval from anyone is super sweet. Paying for my own health insurance...ehhh...not so much. But it’s all worth it to be right where I am.
This is probably an excellent place to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all of my clients, family and friends who have supported me and my dream along the way. I obviously couldn’t do it without you!
“I tried being normal once… worst two minutes of my life!”
—Ziad K. Abdelnour
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