Here it is: You don't have to be a photographer.
I'm not trying to put down photographers. I think photographers are awesome. I love photography. And photographers. I love taking pictures myself. But I am saying right now, you don't have to be a photographer.
Because right now, it seems like waaay too many people are "teenaged aspiring photographers" who are "just starting their business" and shooting weddings, and did I mention how many of them are homeschooled?
Heck. I was guilty of that last summer. I thought that because I enjoyed taking pictures & people told me I was good, a booming photography business was my destiny. I opened up an amateur Facebook page and proclaimed that photography was my passion.
How wrong I was. I've realized that I enjoy taking pictures, but a photography business is NOT the path for me. Photography will remain mostly a hobby. And if someone asks me to take their pictures or shoot their wedding, I'll gladly do it. But a business is simply not my thing. I've made mistakes, and I've made lots of them, while trying to figure out this huge, crazy, wild & fantastic thing called life. I don't have much figured out yet, and I don't really know what I wanna be yet. I wanna do something with music involved, or something that has me traveling internationally a lot. I really don't know yet! But the beauty of this is that I'm only 15, so I have time.
You are your own person, with your own heart and your own dreams. And I want you to chase them, even if they're crazy. Don't feel like you have to do what everyone else is doing, and if the idea of a photography career seems unappealing and unexciting to you, then by all means, don't start one. BUT if a photographer career thrills your soul and you know that you'd like to do nothing else, then go for it.
to quote tangled... "What about you? What's your dream?"