The first few steps

Life moved quickly after I quit the corporate world, in several directions. To be more specific, 

  • My earnings went from a 6 figure income down to being close to the poverty line. 

  • My visa status went from that of a highly skilled immigrant (H1-B) to that of one who depends on a highly skilled immigrant (H4). For all my American friends, the H1-B visa is so coveted in India that people have built a 'visa temple'. No, I haven't been there.

  • My presence on social media websites went from being a nobody to contributing in discussions, forums and even attempting to blog!

An image from my first ever headshot session

An image from my first ever headshot session

In the midst of all this, I can say that my photography skills have moved in the right direction. My mentor Michael Gomez has all the good things to say about me; go-getter, hustler and everything else to give me a chip on my shoulders. Except I know I don't deserve any. Most people are motivated by the desire to succeed in what they do, and so am I. But my biggest motivation is the fear of failure. Failure means I may have to go back into the same world I took a decade to quit. And I intend to delay that day as much as I can. 

Don't get me wrong, corporate life wasn't all that bad. In fact, I enjoyed most of my time in that world. But I needed to explore this side of me, more so to get to know myself. 

On the brighter side, it feels great being a part of a creative bunch. People at Westlight Studios are some of the most talented artists in the country. And I have somehow managed to convince most of them that I am pretty talented too! Now all I need to do is make sure they don't realize otherwise...

These first few steps have made me realize quite a few things about myself. But I can't cram everything into just one blog; I need to write several to keep my website's SEO going! So, until next time! 



Nashville Photographers, Amanda and Mayur specialize in headshot photography, portrait photography and event photography. You can see more of their work on their website.