In the 15 years I worked as a journalist, I often stepped out of my comfort zone. It was practically a job requirement.
As a reporter throughout Florida, I covered a range of topics that, in some cases, I knew very little about until I had to write about them. I met people who endured traumas I hoped never to experience, and celebrated with those reveling in their greatest triumphs. I often photographed them, too, documenting rare, fly-on-the-wall moments that most people overlook.
From one day to the next, the job was a crapshoot: You never knew what were going to get into or where you'd end up. You had to be ready for anything.
And that's where my journey into photography began.
I had always dabbled in travel and street photography, but photojournalism afforded me a unique perspective. That candid point of view helped inform my style as I ventured into portrait, wedding and event photography in 2009 to test the waters and refine my skills.
When I moved to Los Angeles in 2012 and decided to launch my own photography business a year later, I veered so far from my comfort zone that I embarked on a whole new journey — one that's taken me into the worlds of fashion photography, commercial photography, yoga photography and, yes, even set photography.
This last year has been an exciting time. And I wouldn't have made it this far without the support of so many.
And that's the point, I think.
The universe brings people into our lives for so many reasons — love, friendship, empowerment and opportunity, among them — that it's impossible to know who will leave an impression. Sometimes, it's a family member. Sometimes, it's a friend. Sometimes, it's a stranger.
But that impression can change the course of your life.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me in my journey. I am grateful for you.
The universe gives us what we need when we need it. We just have to listen.