I know it’s a cheesy image for the title, but it’s an image with a story so bear with me.

I made this picture a few months ago and it happened to be at a pivotal time for my family. We were visiting Oregon from Utah and were suddenly considering moving to Oregon, and life was feeling a lot like this image: we had a clear road in front of us, but we couldn’t see where it ended.

Moving my family and my photography business to a new state where we had no contacts has been the scariest venture I’ve ever undertaken because I don’t have anything established: no clients I can call and remind to do new pictures, no group of students I can expect to take my next class at the community college, and no studio I can invite my club members to join me in for a quick project. At the same time, I’m not worried because I’ve learned from so many terrific resources how to establish myself as a photographer, and it’s the same stuff I did when I quit my day job a couple of years ago to go at this full time.

For instance, Scott Bourne has not only been sharing terrific photography tips and techniques, but he’s also been giving out sage business sense right here for years. He teamed up with Skip Cohen and penned the wonderful  book Going Pro that is chock full of specific methods for creating a photography business. Skip Cohen University has been teaching me how to make better pictures and lasting client relationships. There are countless publications and resources I turn to regularly for instruction and advice, and they always come through.

So, while I’m anxious about not knowing where this road leads, thanks to all these resources I know I can handle whatever comes. And that’s real freedom. It’s freedom to live passionately and chase my dreams.

Whether you’ve recently realized your passion for photography or you’ve been shooting for decades, you know what the next step down your road is. Just take that step, and know that the people of this wonderful photography community will help you get ready for the next one.

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Join the conversation! 4 Comments

  1. I I am new to photography and reading your post I know how far I have to go with my passion. I have just started mt phhotography career. This post can be inspiration for me in the coming daysl

  2. I may be moving to Oregon in the fall. Your post was exactly what I needed at the moment. I’ve been a little terrified and excited about the move. My work is at the point where I am just starting to get a rather loyal following (I’m about 2 weeks behind on updating my blog…) The thought of leaving Ohio when thing finally seem to be falling into place can be a bit overwhelming. Thank you for posting this!

  3. Look me up when you arrive!


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About Levi Sim

Passion drives Levi to make photographs, teach, and help new friends. He tells people he's a photographer, but he really does more than just make pictures. His professional photography is primarily commercial work for businesses, both small and large, and he really helps show how great it'd be to work with those companies. He excels at photographing people, from two-year-olds to oil field workers to couples married for 60 years, everyone has a good time making pictures with Levi. Besides people and businesses, Levi enjoys all other aspects of photography, and practices landscapes and still life, as well. Other people enjoy photographing everything, and Levi wants to be able to help, so he practices as much as he can to be ready to help. He also runs a local photography club, is a Rotarian, actively helps at church, is a husband, and poppa to a peppy four-year-old girl. Levi writes regularly for Photofocus.com and is co-author of books on Adobe Lightroom.


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