My name is Dalton James, I'm 25 years old, I live in the Bay Area, California, and I'm a full time freelance, lifestyle photographer.
Photography for me has been the gateway to embrace the journey of life. After getting let go from my last sales job, I knew I wanted change but really didn't know where to start. I've been shooting for roughly 2 years at this point and never thought about pursueing photography as a full time job. I came to a crossroad that either I continue working my way up the corporate ladder in tech sales, waking up miserable every morning, commuting to a job that I really didn't give a shit about, or I pursue the life of an entrepreneur by creating a career through photography. The decision was not simple, as I really had no idea where to begin. My first step was to reach out to those who've inspired me for mentorship. These mentors have created their lives around photography and truly inspired me to do just that.
So I got to it! I pulled all my best photos together to create a website. I typed up a resume and the job search began. Luckily I had a little money saved up so I could pay my bills for the next few months, but I knew that time was limited. I was job searching for about 2 days before I found my first gig, and 3 days after that I found another. I was jobless for 3 weeks before I completely switched fields and began a career in photography. In those three weeks I road my bike a lot and I listened to Nick Onkens podcast (Ep. 39 1/15 mini series: how to create a career in art), I researched several youtube videos on numerous topics such as entrepreneurship, developing a career in photography, editing tutorials, photography practices, etc. I found a hunger to succeed at this and I had no idea where it came from. I know I'm only scratching the surface to a huge possibility and I'm very excited to see where this journey will take me.
As time goes on I will find new opportunities and travel new roads to capture these moments through my photography. To those that may be in a similar situation that I was in, I suggest to explore the unknown and do not underestimate yourself. You to can find the drive and motivation to make a change.