Making Things Happen


This post is a day late, but not forgotten.

One year ago, my life changed. My photography life, that is.

I had just returned from a business trip in Denver from my full-time job where I had a lot of time to just think. Think about what I wanted to do in life. Ponder about what I wanted to accomplish. Reflect about what I loved.

I had been thinking a lot about photography. I had been thinking a lot about professional photography.

Last year, I attended a wonderful seminar that quite literally rocked my world. It gave me the inspiration and motivation to just do it. I’m talking about the Free to Succeed Tour with David Jay and Jasmine Star. I had heard about the tour from various photo blogs I had been reading…okay, more like stalking while I was in the midst of wedding planning. It was totally affordable and hitting San Francisco the week after I returned from my trip in Denver. Sold!

I ventured up to the Sheraton on Fisherman’s Wharf by myself. I found parking at the building I was familiar with (VERY expensive, but CHEAPER than the hotel parking!) and wandered into the hotel. I didn’t know anyone. I could hardly call myself a professional photographer. I had decided to pursue it, like, the day before, but of course, I wasn’t going to tell anyone that!

As I approached the conference rooms where the event would be held, I saw a sea of professional photographers. More like the OCEAN. And I didn’t know anyone. AT. ALL. I’ve always considered myself to be more on the shy side of the spectrum (those who know me well are probably thinking, “what are you talking about?”), so large groups of complete strangers basically freak me out, but in pursuit of furthering my dreams, I was going to stick it out. For better, or worse.

To pass some time, I headed to the restroom. (Great way for killing time! haha). While in the fancy schmancy ladies room, I met a friendly face who asked me if I was attending the seminar. Her name is Laura Lynne, photographer extraordinaire out of Sacramento! Laura, thanks for saying hello to me. Thanks for letting me sit next to you.

On our way back towards the crowd of photographers, I saw a familiar face. Why would I be recognizing anyone here? I was completely out of my element. Then I realized that I recognized her from her blog. I loved her blogging voice. Her stories, anecdotes, and not to mention awesome photos! It was none other than Jasmine Star. She was approaching us. She stopped to say hello to us. I was like, totally starstruck (yes, pun intended, used it a year ago too!) and hopefully I didn’t sound like a bumbling fool.

Whoa. This photographer just said, “Hi,” to me. Whoa.

Sitting down in the middle of room, I shuffled my papers and notebook around. I wanted to absorb every minute of this presentation. I don’t think I even really knew what it was going to be about exactly. Something photography related. To my left, sat Laura, new familiar face from the ladies room. To my right, a new friendly face sat down. She introduced herself as Lydia, also from the Sacramento area. We chatted during the break and found out that she was just starting out too. Phwew, I wasn’t alone.

I learned a TON that night. I also decided that it was what I wanted to do. Someway, somehow, I was going to be a professional photographer.

Let’s fast forward a year. Yes, a WHOLE YEAR. Never in my life would I think that I would be where I am now. While I still consider myself to be a fledgling amongst my friends and mentors in this industry, I feel incredibly blessed to be taking major leaps in the direction of my dreams.

And this post is inspired by wedding consulting diva and friend, Lara Casey, after reading her post on her new catchphrase, “Making Thing Happen.”

Here’s a little walk down memory lane…

Check out this killer tour bus!

With the lovely and hilarious, Jasmine Star. Oh, did I mention ghettofabulous?

And with David Jay, CEO of and Showit Sites (mine is coming soon!)

Check out my friend Lydia on yesterday’s episode:

Cheers to you Lydia, we met a year ago, and we’ve kept in touch!

PS. Today was my last day at my full-time job!

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  • Reply Lydia 08.13.2009 at 2:10 am

    I’m so glad you decided to go to the FTS Tour last year! It has been amazing watching your grow from your first wedding to moving to Texas and booking shoots right away! Can’t wait to see where you go from here (and that new SIS!)!

  • Reply Auntie Kathleen 08.13.2009 at 8:40 am

    I remember that time! Congrats on all you’ve achieved!

  • Reply La Meche 08.13.2009 at 7:00 pm

    You inspire me Catie Baby!!! =)

  • Reply Mary Anne 08.13.2009 at 10:08 pm

    Hey Catie! Congratulations again and I hope you’re settling well in Texas! OMG…I <3 Jasmine Star so I had to comment on ur blog! haha yes i follow you…not sure if you knew that. congratulations on 1 year photography anniversary! You totally inspired me to move forward, full force on this whole photography thing! I wish you nothing but continued success and happiness.

  • Reply Michelle Loretta 08.14.2009 at 9:26 pm

    You did it!!! Yay!!! So hard to take that first risk and decide you want to start a biz… Just as hard is it to leave your job! Congratulations! Yay! I LOVE your story!!!

  • Reply Dave Shilling 09.26.2009 at 2:22 pm

    I was totally there with you, and didn’t even know it! That was a cool seminar… except I was being a total stalker cause I love jStar. In hindsight, I wish I would have dressed nicer!

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