qii Spotlight: Stories from real people with real mouths who tell us how their mouths play an important role in their lives.
I’ve spent maybe seven years at a job where I really didn’t have to speak to anybody and I was in a cave. To go from that to being a person who has to market themselves and get people to like them in order to get hired, it's a whole new world for me. It’s a learning process but I think I’m really getting the hang of it and just really loving it.
The best feedback that I got was from several families. They are so happy with the photos that they get. They’ve told me that I’ve captured the essence of who they are as people. I feel like that is the highest compliment you can get because that’s what I’m aiming for everyday. Being an artist, you’re always so critical of yourself so you don’t ever really achieve it. So to actually hear it from other people it’s just amazing.
It’s still a job. You still have those long hours. There’s still stuff you don’t feel great about doing. You’re always going to come across that. I still feel like with photography, the whole base of it is something I love doing. So it makes it that much better in the end. During those tough times I think about my old job and I think “I can go back to doing that” and I’ve always go immediately, “nope!”. Gotta get back on the horse and make it work.