I have always been a creative person. Growing up, my mom encouraged me to pursue my passion for theatre. I’ve never been a fan of conformist thinking or norms. I always thought about how I could go against the grain and have a career that would fit my personality. However, as life often goes, my love for theater was put on the back burner as I took whatever office job I could get throughout most of my 20s.
I never wanted to fit into a mold for anything in my life. But there I sat ten years after college, at my desk, nearing 30 yrs old, preparing for what would be another long, monotonous day. I realized at that moment how much I disliked my job and that I needed a career that was more suitable for me. I decided to follow my instincts and find a creative career. One day I picked up a camera and never looked back.
I started this photography journey back in 2015 when I began Let’s Taco Bout It Blog with my co-worker Charlotte. I had no experience with food photography before working on the blog. In fact, I didn’t know anything about food photography (or photography for that matter), but eager for an opportunity to use my new camera I jumped right in.
In 2015, I visited Philadelphia for the first time and made a stop at Reading Terminal Market. Feeling a bit like Harry Potter entering Diagon Alley with Hagrid, I gaped in pure awe at this huge and sophisticated farmer’s market. I knew then that I wanted to visually create the Reading Terminal experience with every shoot.
Food photography is one of the most powerful forces in my life. Food photography is a way to show off delicious food. It’s a way to share memories with others and bring families together around the table. It’s a way for communities to come together and promote local businesses. And the best part is I get to create things that make this world more delicious.
I think one of the most important things in life is to follow your passion. I don’t care if it’s art, music, science, business. If you love it, you will be great at it. My hope is to inspire others to pursue their passion and dreams. Never allow anyone or anything to dictate who you are or what you should be doing. I hope this blog post inspires you to consider a new career, even if it’s later in life.