Vintage, Photography, & Comfort Zones

IMG_0445One thing that I’ve kept in mind as I’ve transitioned from student life to graduated life is that I want to say “yes” to new things when given the opportunity. The past several days have given me two of those opportunities. A few months ago, my aunt approached me about coordinating her non-profit’s involvement in a local event– a vintage market. She told me I would need to get together a team of volunteers, set up a booth, and be present at the three day event to represent the organization. It sounded interesting, it sounded scary, and so I said “yes” to it. The event happened this past weekend, and I’m happy to say that all went well, and I’m so happy to have gotten experience doing something I normally wouldn’t do. I had a wonderful team of volunteers, and got to hang out at a vintage market for three days. I was so tired by the end of it, but it was such a great feeling to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.

I was also blessed to be asked to do some portraits recently, and had the shoot yesterday. If I’m honest, as much as I love taking pictures, at this stage it scares me. As I was on my way to the location all I could think about were the countless photographers in my area who are more experienced and a billion times more qualified than me, and yet, there I was, on my way to a booking. I had to remind myself that, even though I’m new to this, I have an eye no one else does and ability with a camera. In spite of all of my worry, the shoot went really well, and I was glad to hear that the client liked the photos. I’m so thankful for the people who are giving me a shot at this early stage of my photography journey. It was another reminder of how rewarding it can be to break out of my comfort zone.

I took a few photos at the vintage market, and thought I’d leave those with you today. I just loved looking around!

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What have you done lately that’s taken you out of your comfort zone?

4 thoughts on “Vintage, Photography, & Comfort Zones

  1. Such lovely pictures Lauren! I totally agree with you about the whole “comfort zone” topic. I hate doing things that make me feel uncomfortable but over the past semester I have learned that those times I actually do take a leap of faith and put myself in a new and different situation I have seem myself grow more than I would, like becoming an RA in a sorority house and talking to new people every day or even writing my atheist biology professor a letter at the end of the semester. I think as humans we are created to feel uncomfortable because living life, especially as a Christian is supposed to push our boundaries and comfort!
    -Madison
    http://www.minniemuseblog.com

    1. Thank you Madison! It’s so so hard, but so worth it to try new things. I have a lot of respect for you for being an RA– That’s a difficult job, but I can’t even imagine the impact you have on the girls in your house! Totally agree…if we were always comfortable, how would we grow? I never like it at the time, but it’s a great feeling to see how far I’ve come over the years. Thanks for always blessing me with your comments!
      -Lauren

  2. Oh what a blast. I love vintage-y markets. These photos are beautiful and I am glad that the two events helped you to get outside your comfort zone! I recently applied for a job, and while I don’t know if I will get it… it was a big leap for me. I needed a non-traditional resume/cover letter. I hand delivered my application. I had to do a phone interview. I had an in person interview… I prepped SO much. I feel really good about all of it even though it required a lot of work and change on my part. In the end, I really hope to get the job – but even if I don’t I feel really good about where I am with the work I did, and I learned a lot about myself and my goals in the process. 🙂 Xo – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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