Turning a hobby into a career! With @jeroen.photos / "My name is Jeroen van Rooijen and I am a photography enthusiast studying hard to turn a hobby into a career. I bought my own camera when I was 15 years old. That was the moment I really started to appreciate the diverse landscapes my parents had always taken me to since I was very little.
Not that long ago I had to choose what I wanted to study for my bachelors and I actually had no idea. One day, someone simply asked me why I wouldn't study photography if that was what I was enjoying so much… It would be a risky choice because money isn’t always certain in the photography business, but as Avicii once said ‘I want to be remembered about the life I lived, not the money I made.’ Now I am in my third year of my studies in photography and I have already learned a lot!
Recently I went on a trip to the Mont Blanc area. This was my first trip in which I had full focus on hiking and photography in the mountains. It was amazing; starting with the sunrise, hiking and a breathtaking sunset. The excitement level was really high, on those moments you know you’re alive. Although I always enjoy hiking, some moments where extremely tough. The heavy bag and the height didn’t make it easier. The feeling when putting effort in something and it actually pays off is indescribable. Being in nature, especially when you’ve the landscape all to yourself, is so peaceful; just being outdoors and exploring. Even when the photograph isn’t that good, I’m always happy to be in nature. The adventure is what it makes it so great, and that is more important than the photograph.
In two years from now my education in photography will be completed and it probably take some time to establish as a photographer. I hope to become full time landscape and architecture photographer, traveling around the world with a base in the Netherlands. A few years ago, I hadn't imagined the things and trips I do now, so let's see what I will have been able to reach in a few years! Special greetings to @jeroen.photos for sharing this inspiring story with us!