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It's true what she said.  With a lot of encouragement from her.  It's called Victoria-Pictoria Photography.  I filed the papers and opened a bank account last spring and have been working (working working working) and learning (learning learning learning) all summer, slow and steady, to build a small photography business. 

I've acquired a domain and hosting.  I'm working on a website and proofing gallery.  And pricing.  And a blog -- a Wordpress (*gasp*) blog.  I know!  I've been a Typepad girl for.ever!  Acquiring it was as easy as pushing a button; posting will require pushing a few more.  I'm still figuring out my approach there... you'll be the first to know.

Oh, yeah, I've been taking pictures, too.  Most of it's been for free.  Weekend after next I'll have a couple of paying gigs, and there's an event on the books for mid-October that should be great, and a few other irons in the fire.  It's exciting.  Building.  Sickening.  Oh yeah, I feel ill before every shoot.  But it's fun, right?

I decided to do this for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is to have a little fun doing and learning something that I love and, hopefully, to generate some needed extra income.  So far, I've been having tons of fun, even though I've done nothing but spend hemorrhage money.  And I sure could spend a LOT more.  All I can say is that I've definitely been doing MY part to keep the economy going this year!  It doesn't appear that it's been enough, though.  Maybe if I pre-ordered the new Canon 5D...

Heh.  Just kidding.  Maybe.  No... really.  I'm kidding.

Mostly, I'm doing this because I still can!!  Because if I don't do it now, if I wait until the "time is right," when the hell will I?  Because what am I waiting for?  Because I'm going to be 50 in less than two months and, damn it, it's going to be a NIFTY FIFTY!!

More than anything else, of course, I'm doing it because of my girls... for them, with them, to them, inspired by them, encouraged by them, motivated by them, as an example to them.  All those things and more...

What goes around comes around.



Hemorrhaging money, snort, that's wicked! Congratulations! So, if you're on your wordpress blog and trying to post you tube videos and have some trouble, send me an email and I'll point you to the post that explains all (it took me nearly a year to find this... it's simple, but if you don't know what button to switch, it'll make ya CRAZY).


Whatever you do, DON'T ORDER THE 5D. So not worth it. Wait until they come out with something you'll really want. It's too slow and no pro I know wants the video (oh my god what a WASTE) and 20 megapixel is so far beyond overkill you might be reborn....

Did I mention how much I want a new camera (I've been diligently shooting with my 4yr old body NOT spending on the next new thing) and Canon keeps disappointing me.


Go you! I'm rooting for you, Vicki!


Go, Vicki!


You go girl - best of luck!


Very exciting! Best wishes on your new venture, Vicki.


Awesome! Good luck and good for you!


I noticed the Victoria-Pictoria tag on your Flickr pics and loved it. Plus you mentioned going to Madison to shoot (in the slang sense) a baby -- I was wondering.

That is awesome. Scary, no doubt, but exciting! You've got the eye and the talent, woman. Make the most of it! And good photography brings happiness to everybody. It's a win-win situation.


the niftiest fifties ever lady!

Kathy W

Wow! Good luck, Vicki.

You young thing, you.

(I turn double nickels on Monday.)


Woo hoo ! you go dear Vicki!
Love the name - and your photos are fabulous - (note: the world can never have enough fabulous photographers!!) And if Cara is encouraging you (she's a fab one) you can believe that you should go for it!!

So glad that you are pursuing a dream. it's fantastic.


FOR YOUR GIRLS is the best reason. And me too. My daughter is totally proud of me and what I'm doing, and inspired by it. And that's the best payoff.


You are an inspiration to everyone of us! Congratulations! You'll be such a good pro photog!


Such great news! Photography is an expensive proposition (oh I just want more lenses all the time!) but you're finding a way to turn it into an income and that's a wonderful thing. You're such a great mom, Vicki. Your girls are lucky to have you.

Mary Beth

Well that is just so are already successful because you are doing what you love...the financial rewards will come...all the best, and I would hire you in a minute if you are ever in Connecticut!


Good for you! You are totally right - there is no reason to wait for "the perfect" time, because it never comes. Just get out there and do it. I know you will do great!!


Best wishes for this exciting new adventure.


Bravo to you!


Yeah! I'm so happy for you.

Carpe diem!

Bookish Wendy

Can one beam with proudness?

Is that a word?

Who's what I'm doing...



I'm so thrilled for you! I've been watching you're photography blossom over the last year with great heaps of envy....I'll be Packer green in no time.


Way to go Vicki!!! Based on some of the photos you've posted here, I'm sure you are going to be great, and I think it's so awesome (and inspiring) that you're doing this.

Can't wait to see you roll out the new digs :)


Good Luck!

Steph VW


I came home from a film festival movie last week thinking "What on earth am I doing with my life?" - The movie was called, "The Strangest Dream" and was all about Joseph Rotblat. It made me realize that it is time for some very serious changes around here!


That's great! Congratulations and good luck with it!

Special Needs Mama

So great, so great. I wish we lived closer, I'd hire you to take my author photos! Good luck and keep us posted. You're an inspiration to us all.


All the best, Vicki!

Ann K.

Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy YOU!


Congratulations, good luck, and thank you for sharing - it inspires some of us to do more ;)


Congratulations Vicki! The best way to start anything new is to dive in, head first. Good luck with Victoria-Pictoria!


Oh you totally need the new Nikon D700!!! That's the new hot camera to get! I love my D300 though. :)

And congratulations! Super exciting!


Congrats and good luck, V! I think you are embarking on a really exciting adventure!


Congratulations, indeed. We're never so old that we can't start off in a new direction in life, and learn something new and exciting.


Wow, what a big step! I wish I had the courage (and skill) to do the same. I'm learning, too, but nowhere near ready to take on any clients. You go, girl! It's gonna be great.

Melissa V.O.

Wow! Congrats and good for YOU! What a great attitude on seizing the day, 50 may not be old but those numbers ending in zero do give us pause to stop and evaluate. Way to go to say yes you can, it is encouragement to us all to remind ourselves of the same. (I'm catching up on blog reading and I love your new hair cut, btw.)

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