“Find your passion. Figure out who YOU want to be, what you want to do, what inspires you and gets you up in the morning eager to start the day. And then figure out how you can get there, what it would take to be that person. And then do it.” —Unknowm Author
This last storyteller is extremely talented…not to mention, totally precious! Lindsay Steele is a portrait photographer in Longview. If you head over to her About Me page, you’ll discover this cute little number:
“My work is inspired by bright colors, shiny things and natural light. I’m happiest when I’m making other people happy. I love to work with fun people, imaginative souls and whimsical beings who aren’t afraid to take chances.”
IS THAT NOT THE BEST THING YOU HAVE EVER READ IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE?
Featuring Lindsay Steele was a no-brainer, as she just recently took the leap to pursue her passion full-time. Her story is a little different than most and too important (and inspiring) not to share! She is one of my biggest inspirations and proof that there is joy to be found when you find your passion.
When I was little, aside from wanting to make people happy, I loved to draw mermaids and color and paint. My grandpa was an artist and my mom painted so I thought that’s what I wanted to do, too…but I wasn’t a good painter.
I just had an imagination and I LOVED COLORS.
I also loved music (I found out I could sing in middle school and joined choir) and movies (I fell in love with Tim Burton’s work at 3 years old when I saw his version of Batman for the first time)!
In high school, I really began noticing cinematography. I started paying attention to how they filmed movies, the unique colors and angles they used, and their storylines. I especially loved movies with a good film score — music and vision combined began to fascinate me.
In high school, I only took one art class but I loved making things with my hands and how each person stood out.
When my classmates made things, it was more than just a visual aid. It showed the beauty of their mind, heart, and soul. It showed how they were feeling…how they thought about things.
I always wanted to be an artist…but I felt like I couldn’t do that and that I needed to get a “real” job. Because I loved music and would have job security, I thought it made sense for me to be a choir teacher…so I decided to study music at ETBU. In a way, I felt like I was still making art…the artistic streak had just gone to a different outlet.
I loved college and my professors…but I always knew there was something missing.
Well, my dad got me a camera for my college graduation and I started taking pictures of friends and family…and it threw me by surprise how much I came to love it.
I realized photography was what was missing.
It was a different kind of passion…and you know it’s your passion when you find yourself always wanting to learn more about it, wanting to grow. I loved it and it made me so happy.
But, because I needed financial stability, I continued teaching and took pictures on the side until I built up enough clientele to do photography full-time.
It took about 5 years for me to develop my photography platform. Because I knew this was the end goal and what I wanted to do, I said yes to every opportunity. I love uplifting quotes and had them in my room and I knew one day I would do it; I just had a feeling it would all work out.
Although I loved my colleagues and students, I had to choose what would make me HAPPIEST. I had to put me first…so I quit teaching and started doing photography full-time and have never regretted a single second.
I’ve always loved making people happy and I’ve always loved making art in some way…eventually those two things finally came together.
Art is so many different things. This is my version of art.
I have the ability to make others see their beauty and it makes me feel like I’m doing something good in the world…like I’ve finally found my place.
I’ve learned that when you get comfortable, you get complacent and your dreams become mush…and that getting out of your comfort zone will eventually put you in your comfort zone.
If it’s something you really love and are passionate about, if it’s something that makes you happy, don’t give up. Have faith in yourself!
Most importantly, find a support system because they will be your backbone. Following your dreams can be lonely…and you want people to follow that yellow brick road with you.
Here’s why it matters…
1. It takes time to find your passion.
Lindsay Steele had a broad passion for art.
Whether with her voice or hands, she was always finding ways to create it…but she still wasn’t sure what she was supposed to do.
It wasn’t until her dad bought her a camera that her passion for art was narrowed down to photography.
Lindsay didn’t know photography was her deepest passion. She knew she was meant to make art someway, somehow. Although singing was a form of art and something she enjoyed doing, it wasn’t the form of art that would make her happiest.
In hindsight, her fascination with movies/storylines and her love for colors growing up were tiny glimpses of the path she would one day walk. Lindsay Steele now creates her own movies and storylines with “bright colors, shiny things, and natural light” through photography.
In the same way, we don’t always know FOR SURE what it is we’re most passionate about…but, if we look close enough, we’ll find signs pointing us in the right direction and, eventually, we’ll get to wherever it is we’re going.
Eventually, you will find your passion. Just be patient.
When you find your passion, you’ll know it.
2. You have to be willing to do whatever it takes.
Becoming a full-time photographer was Lindsay’s ultimate goal. She was willing to do whatever it took to make it happen.
She devoted ALL her free time to that dream.
She’d leave school after teaching all day, shoot sessions until 9:00PM, and then stay up late editing pictures. She’d often edit 6-7 hours every night…and then she’d do it all over again the next day.
She never stopped. She was relentless in her pursuit.
Then, finally, one day, all her hard work paid off…and she’s never been happier!
If we want something bad enough, we must be willing to put in the work. We must be content doing hard stuff AFTER HOURS that nobody will ever see or even know about.
It’s the effort we put in BEHIND CLOSED DOORS that catapults our success in public.
Find your passion.
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