I'm Working With McDonald's

Last week, I'm sure you all remember me telling you how great things happen when we step outside of ourselves and eliminate all negativity to make room for all of the blessings in the air.

Well, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention how opportunities have been presenting themselves to me. 

I had been going through weeks and weeks of feeling unfulfilled with my work, and after realizing that I hadn't been motivated and inspired and taking the proper steps to solve those issues, so many great opportunities have been presented to me. 

Last week, I just happened to do a Google search for "Greenville NC Photographer" and guess who was the first to come up..... ME! I was so excited! I've been working on this since I launched my first site many moons ago. I have ARRIVED. LOL

On with the story...

I'm relaxing on my bed last Wednesday around noon, preparing my editorial calendar for my blog when I get a call on my office phone. I usually reserve the noon hour for "me time" -- when I eat lunch, listen to music and enjoy being completely alone. I debated answering for a few short seconds and decided that since I was wrapping up work, I may as well answer. I'm so glad I did. 

It was McDonald's... No, it wasn't Ronald himself (although I would have got every bit of my life), it was a representative from one of their corporate offices out in California. She let me know that they were looking for a photographer in the area (Greenville NC) to do a few Real Estate shots of one of their newer locations here in Greenville (their 10th Street Location by the new Wal-Mart, close to the campus of East Carolina University). 

I. Was. So. Shocked. Like, was this really a call for me. They must have had the wrong number... Nope, she let me know that she landed on my site, loved my work, and wanted to contract me.

Could I really do this? Do I have the equipment to shoot real-estate photos and make them look amazing? How do I even shoot this? I questioned everything about myself. I mean, when one of the HUGEST chain restaurants in the world contacts you for photos, It's kind of a big deal. 

I almost let that disgusting paralysis of fear set in; however, I agreed after tuning her out for a few seconds and convincing myself that I could actually do it and do it well. I decided that I wouldn't leave the location until I had images that I was proud of... it just so happened that I was thinking about it too much and got them right the first time around.

Once I got to the location and began shooting all of my fears subsided and I think I did amazing. I'm so very blessed to have been presented with this opportunity. Turning it down because of fear would have been a huge slap in the face to all the blessings and talent God has bestowed upon me, to you for supporting and believing in me, and to myself for all the hard work I've poured into myself.

I'm not perfect, but I'm still learning and it's time to start owning who I am and what makes me, me. I take none of this for granted. If I have to spend a few extra minutes, or even hours, working on something to produce great work... I'll do just that because I'm so blessed to be able to do what I love.

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