I was at Megamall the whole day today, shooting for the mall's in-house magazine, Shopmag. Which is well, last year's winner of an Asean award for innovative in-house publication or something of that sort. The shoot started at 10am and ended at 8:30pm. Rest time could have been 1.5 hours. So that means, I've practically photographed my heart out today. And to top it all off, I'd slept for only 3 hours! Isabelle was happy awake until the wee hours. I had survived on reserve-battery mode and I'm pretty dead tired. My feet are killing me. I've probably walked more than the last Disneyland trip! The 16 gig had 10 raw shots left.
While I was about to start another complaint-marathon about my aching feet, I regressed. It was 9 years ago, I was at a mall, at Podium to be exact. There was an event and there were three photographers buzzing about, documenting the whole thing. Back then, I was still managing our company's cargo forwarding firm then, readying myself to be some big-shot logistics person. But while I was salivating on how they were capturing the event, I was thinking, "How can I be like them?" I wanted to shoot and make a living out of my camera! I wanted, more than anything, to be like them! I was even contemplating on introducing myself and asking them how they got those gigs because 9 years ago, there weren't many photographers, no schools to teach photography, no stuff on photography on the internet. In other words, access was close to nil.
So fast forward, I'm back to my senses. My feet still hurt but my heart, happy and ecstatic. It's been such a journey and a thrill to now realizing how blessed I am that I'm in the mall, shooting. Not working on the issues and finances of the cargo firm. Here I am, actually doing what I thought was impossible some 9 years ago. What an overwhelming thought!