I remember, a few years ago, attending a workshop where we were asked how we want to make a difference in the world. At the time, I had an airy-fairy idea that I want to help animals. I didn’t know how I was going to do that, and that made me feel guilty. I have been vegetarian for nearly 8 years, so I thought, well, that’s something at least. But I knew it wasn’t enough. I wanted to proactively do something for animals and if I could use my photography in the process, then even better.
About 3 months ago, I had an idea. I had figured out a way that I could use my photography to help animals. Then wedding season started. Then Christmas season started. And then I found myself 3 months down the line, having still done nothing about my idea.
So today I’m thankful, that I finally pulled my finger out and took the first step to getting this project off the ground. Yesterday I did my first Beautiful Furkid Shoot (I’m still working on a name for this type of shoot), and today I’m reflecting on how important this first shoot is. Because it’s the first step on a journey on which I’m embarking. A journey that I know will benefit me, as well as those I photograph, and ultimately those who will actually reap the rewards.
It’s a process. I have a vision. And I’m thankful that the hardest part – starting – is done. It’s upwards from here.