Matthews, NC: Twenty-six

Today I am twenty-six years old.

For many years, I have felt as if I were constantly reaching for change, never satisfied with my environment. Something about my station could always be improved with an adjustment, whether it be different education, career, or relationship. I recall feeling defeated often as many shifts were merely horizontal, failing to provide lasting fulfillment.

During my 25th year, I finally accepted that regardless of the job I worked, I would always rather be creating art with my camera. I’ve worked as a retail sales floor rep, a barista, and a dental assistant; however, none of these roles are as personally rewarding as being a photographer! I realized that to live whole-heartedly, I needed to withdraw from my sensible healthcare job and pursue photography -a prospect simultaneously thrilling and intimidating.

I truly feel that I am finally living my ideal life. I am blessed with a wonderful spouse who is the most supportive partner I can imagine. I have the opportunity invest a large portion of my energy in photography, for which I am grateful! For the first time in my life, the desire for change is notably absent from my mind.

My aim is that in my 26th year I continue to develop my photography skills, improving in both technique and experience. Vincent Van Gogh said, “As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.” Therefore I will pursue progress, one step at a time!

-Liz K.

Matthews Photography Portrait Photographer



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