I quit my job last September. I’ve been fighting, internally, for some time, about the opportunity cost of being “comfortable,” vs. a life well-lived. It came to a head last September. In the interim, my father died. Difficult, yes, but, on the other hand, his death further clarified that I need to sacrifice some comforts in order to pursue a life well-lived. After quitting my job, I did some food catering, as cooking is a great love of mine. A reality set in that the profit margins are super-thin and I am an out-of-shape 50 year old who has difficulty spending the time on his feet needed to prepare food for larger crowds.
I’ve always had an interest in food photography, and this seems the logical next step. Any endeavor is going to be grinding, hard work with long hours. However, photography is more of a mental than physical grind and food photography keeps me in touch with the basic human desire that we all love.
I’ve been fortunate to build up some savings. I’ve considered putting everything in storage and traveling (another love of mine). My beloved mother is still here, though, my beloved friends and sister are still close, and I don’t have ENOUGH money to dismiss the world entirely to disappear to Southeast Asia (or wherever) forever. Not to mention that even if I did have enough money, I’ve done some introspection and know that I would have fun at first, but would miss those close to me.
So, in an attempt to live a life well-lived, I’m going to try very hard to work on running a successful small business like my wonderful friends Craig Morehead, Shawn Ryan, Andy Lowry, and Janice Maxey have done. I don’t think I’ve told them, specifically, but I’ve always admired their entrepreneurship.
Right now, I’m working on making this website food-focused. I love all types of photography, but one thing I’ve learned is that the more focus you have, the more successful you’ll be. I will probably never race Ferraris (motorsports photography being another love), but I can cook a mean steak, today, right now. I intend to get a robust portfolio posted here, work on honing my food photo skills, and once I’m comfortable with my competence, start marketing to get this off the ground. I’ll use this blog to update my progress, pitfalls, mistakes, frustrations, and hopefully accomplishments, hoping it serves to hold me accountable as well as a journal of this endeavor going forward.
This wouldn’t be a photography post without some photos, right? The first heading this article is a simple plate of spaghetti. The following isn’t food related, directly, but is from New Orleans, easily one of the best food cities, and is my favorite photo I’ve taken, food or otherwise.
Thank you to all my friends, relatives and social media acquaintances. It’s safe to say we’re all a little anxious heading into this new year, but if we support each other and take deep breaths from time to time, we will not only persevere, but flourish.