Why I love being a photographer and consider it the greatest job in the universe...

I’m a photographer because it’s an easy way to hang out with cute kids and dogs all day long and get paid to snap a few pictures…right? 

Ha! Juuuuuust kidding - but seriously, photography as a full-time career is something I cannot and never will be taking for granted. I am so beyond grateful that I’ve been able to create a career from my art and vision - with a lot of hard work and responsibility involved of course. One thing I know for sure, is that I’m one of lucky ones who get to make a living from doing what they love - so I decided to tell you guys why I love it so damn much and live, eat and breathe my job. 

  • Living in the present. Being a photographer has taught me many things - but the most important thing is living in the present. I have to constantly be aware of everything around me if I want to capture it in a picture, focusing on the NOW. When I have a camera in my hand, I’m not thinking about this week’s episode of The Good Place or what I’m going to have for dinner - I’m experiencing a moment that will never come back and capturing it exactly how I remember it. 

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  • Coming together with like-minded people. From the day I created Magic Memories by Erika, I made it my mission to connect with other small businesses in my area (and beyond) as well as other photographers. From this, I have made some of my closest friends - people I talk to and see on a daily basis. These people are so important to me and I would’ve never met them if I didn’t begin my little journey all those years ago.

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  • A photo can tell a story without having to say a single word. In a photo, there are no barriers. I have found this to be so special throughout my travels, specifically in Thailand - a place which is very close to my heart. I have taken photos of locals over there, and captured some extremely unique and special moments, along with meeting other people who share my passion. We don’t have to say anything, or understand a word that comes out of each other’s mouth’s - because a photo will explain everything. 

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  • Capturing a feeling and connecting with my clients. I like to believe that my photographs show more than just how or what something looked like. I love that I am able to communicate how something felt - photography allows me to connect with a moment in a completely unique way. With a camera in hand, I feel that I can really get to know my clients in a short amount of time - because as I mentioned earlier, I’m living in the moment and focusing on one thing - my subject…for at least 30 minutes! It’s very cool to walk away from a session knowing you’ll always remember the little funny, special and meaningful details that your clients displayed when they were comfortable enough to open up whilst being photographed by you. Human beings have an incredible range of love and emotions and I just adore being there to capture them every step of the way.

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  • Nothing lasts forever - except when it does in images! Photos will be around forever. We still see photos today from 100 years ago, even more than that. The first photo ever taken was in the 1800’s, and we can STILL see that. So to me, photography is the most wonderful way to make your favourite times, people and things stick around forever. Life is filled with big moments and extremely special people (and pets!) that should be documented so you can have them forever, no matter what happens! I find it fascinating that we can encapsulate memories that way!

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  • Being a BOSS LADY. Plain and simple - I love being my own boss. It’s a challenge almost every single day, and it’s more work than a single human probably should be undertaking - but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Having the ability to be exactly who I am and express myself the way I want to, along with being able to connect with people and travel all over the world. It rocks. Being a business owner isn’t for the faint-hearted, and that’s why I love it. I am extremely proud of myself for coming this far and am so excited to continue kicking goals and showing y’all that anything is possible if you work really hard for it! 

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So there you have it folks - my top 6 reasons why I LOVE MY JOB. I couldn’t do it without the support of my friends, family and clients - so thank you!! Let me know in the comments what YOU do and why you love it - I’d love to get to know my followers a little more!!