Back at the beginning…. I love the trains. I love the noise. I love the city. I’m at the Palmer House Hotel, directly across from my old dorm on State Street. This is where my photography business was meant to begin several years ago. If you read my blog, you know that I started off as a photography student at the Art Institute of Chicago. It’s in the top 10 art schools in the country and I was lucky enough to gain acceptance even after a somewhat rocky high school career. I was off realizing my dream in an art career and photography was my medium. However – being an artist, a dreamer and firm believer in love at first site… I didn’t stay long! I fell in love three weeks before leaving for school so my passion was in another state, not in my work. I left a month later and as they say, the rest is history. Married the guy, had the kids, changed my stars.
Under the city scaffolding, it’s easy to get nostalgic for what would have been. But I’ve had a great life with a happy and healthy family. I am blessed. I have also had opportunities to design for both the web and print, get lost in code and strategize for digital marketing campaigns. Experiences that aren’t afforded to all photographers and come in handy if you want to run a successful business… So maybe I did take the path I was meant for. Maybe I’ve been on the road to Jacqueline Blake Photography all this time and didn’t even realize it. Just maybe, I have set myself up for success.