Another three weeks has gone by and I still haven't added another article. At this point, I guess you can just say I don't even have to make up an excuse for not doing it haha, I've just really been avoiding it in my free time. Who knew that work and life would become so stressful a year after graduating college. I have literally never been busier in my entire life than I am now and as good as it feels, it sure is a lot to take on!
I don't even want to get into all the ups and downs I have been through lately, but pretty soon I am moving away from a place I have learned to love so much. For the past five years, I have lived in Long Branch NJ, right by the beach. I think the beach was what shaped me into who I am today and as cheesy as that may sound, I really do believe it's true. I have had the ability to go out on the beach during the winter months here and shoot whatever I want. I got a lot better at long exposures and really learned what it is like to be able to take in my surroundings while I am out shooting. More importantly than that, the beach was a training ground for me when I was learning to fly and shoot with my drone. I had tons of open space to fly and never had to worry about hitting anything or crashing into something.
After flying at the beach for nearly two years now, I realize the opportunity I have unlocked as an aerial photographer. At first, it was just something I wanted to try because I thought it was cool but it soon became a habit. I slowly learned to love flying and caught myself becoming immersed in the work I would do with my drone. Because of this, I was able to start using my drone to make money, as a part of my job... If you told me that a little over a year ago, I wouldn't believe that was something I would be able to get into. Today, I have a completely different mindset than I did last year. I see what can be achieved with drones and I strive to go out there and get better with mine every single day. Who would have ever thought that I would end up owning an Inspire 2 with an X5S?! That was literally a drone that I would used to dream about owning until one day I was fed up and told myself it was time to step it up if I wanted to go after the work I was looking for. I could not love my drone anymore and I am so happy that it has been able to help me get to where I am today. I have done a solid amount of work with it up until now, but that was just a start for what is to come in the next few months and years.
I guess I am writing this blog today because these past couple of weeks it has really hit me that I'll be moving away from the beach. Aside from photography, I have met some of my best friends down here in college and others after college that I am really very close with now. I have learned so much throughout the past five years I've lived down here that it has shaped me into who I am today. I look at myself now, knowing that I am an adult and that this next move is the beginning of my actual adult life where I completely support myself off my own work and my own income. You never really realize how much you love something until it's gone and this place I call home, I have to say goodbye to. As hard as it is to move on from this, I know that it is the right choice to make. All the people I have met, all the friends I have made and all the memories I have will be remembered as I look forward to pretty much starting a new chapter in my life.