“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” | Mark Twain
For as long as I can remember I’ve had dreams of traveling the world over. I had a dream when I was 15 that I saw the Eiffel Tower (albeit it was painted red…it was a dream remember…) and I vowed to get there one day in real life. I fell in love with the sea when I would visit my grandparents in Florida where I would get to ‘drive’ Da’s boat and visit the beaches to collect sand and eat the tastiest seafood around. I studied abroad in London so I could finally travel Europe and see the Eiffel Tower in real life (no, it’s not red) and really get a feel for what it was like to be in a foreign country all on my own. I’ve also had a passion for photography and had to figure out a way to fuse the two together.
Enter cruises. I don’t know why it never dawned on me but as soon as I got back from a trip to the Bahamas and then a cruise this past year, I thought DUHHH…Why not become a cruise ship photographer? I know it’s probably not the most glamorous job in the whole world and it will be a lot of hard work but I like to think that I’m a pretty freakin strong woman and that I’d be able to hack it.
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” | Maya Angelou
This last weekend I flew myself down to Ft. Lauderdale (my mom was my travel companion) in order to attend an interview for a photography concession company that operates on cruise lines. The reality sank in as i pulled into Port Everglades and walked the gangway onto this GINORMOUS ship. It was beautiful and after getting a tour and meeting some other managers/crew, I left knowing the interview went well.
I can officially say that I DID get the job and I will be starting at the end of April most likely. I hope to keep this blog so my friends, family, and fellow photographers can follow me on my journey. I will try my hardest to continue to upload my creative/artsy photos as well.