Two years and two days ago I took the bar exam.
Two years ago I shot a wedding that would change the direction I thought my life was heading.
I didn’t know it at the time, but shooting that wedding would give me the confidence to take my side business/creative outlet that I’d started in law school and turn it into my career.
Going into law school and throughout most of law school, there’s a lovely picture painted for you that having a JD will open all of these doors and have people falling at your feet to hire you.
It’s not like that in the real world.
At the time we graduated from law school, the recession was in full swing.
Lawyers who had been working at firms for years were getting laid off and searching for jobs in the same place that recent law school grads were.
We saw friends who had been offered six figure jobs at Christmas the previous year have their offers yanked the week before graduation without apology.
People were graduating with tons of student loan debt and no job to help pay them off.
It was a terrible time to be a lawyer and an even worse time to be a law school graduate.
While studying for the bar, I’d find myself procrastinating by doing things to better my photography business: getting a real website, blogging more, reaching out to newly engaged friends.
Once the bar exam was over, I was forced to face the task of finding a legal job in such a miserable market.
I’d sometimes dreamed about being a photographer full time, but until that point in time, never thought that it would actually happen.
Matthew and I talked about it, and together we decided that it was worth a shot.
I was going to try to be a full time photographer for a few months, and if it didn’t go well, I’d start looking for a legal job again.
I was aware that a large percentage of small businesses fail within the first two years.
I still decided I’d rather do something I loved and risk failing than succeed in finding a legal job I wasn’t passionate about at all.
It has taken a lot of hard work, but two years later, I’m still here.
I plan on sticking around for a bit, if that’s okay with you 🙂