With my Dreamers in Motion series I wanted to interview some amazing people who are pursuing their passion. I hope to keep you all inspired with my posts, but also with the people who I’m putting under the spotlight.
I think everyone deserves their moment to shine.
Dreaming all starts with what you imagine as a child. Which brings me to a very special young lady Paiton Gunderman.
Paiton is a 13-year-old girl who has found a passion in photography. You see for a lot of people your dream starts when you are a child.
In this image of the trees it makes me want to visit this magical place. I love how the shadows and light play throughout the photo.
When I noticed a couple of her photos I knew I had to know more about how she had gotten started.
You see that is the key word: Starting.
Every dream stems from that very thing. The decision to begin.
When did you find out that you loved taking photographs?
Paiton: I found out that I loved taking pictures when I would show my family and friends. They would say that they loved my pictures and I had a special talent. I loved being praised by my talent.
What steps did you take to get started?
Paiton: The steps that I took to get started were taking a class to learn about photography and cameras. Another step I took was to post some of my pictures so people could see that talent I have. I also put some of my photos in contests to see if my photos could win.
What advice would you give someone who has a dream?
Paiton: The advice I would give to someone who has a dream is to keep pursuing their dream and try to learn more about it.
How far do you want to take your dream?
Paiton: I want to take my dream far, but not too far. As in like a side job because the dream I have would not get me far as in money.
I wanted to stay true to Paitons’ answers because it shows a young girl being very honest. Something that is true to her heart.
She has recognized that she has a special talent. The key word that I noticed is praise in the very beginning.
Have you ever pursued something because of the praise that you received?
She included steps and I love that! There was that curiosity to learn more about a skill and the equipment that was involved.
It’s a pretty big step to take your dream to the next level. By putting herself out there she shared it in the public eye so to speak.
Entering a contest is a brave step and it demonstrates drive. Plus, the advice that she gives others is to continue to pursue their dream.
You are never done learning when it comes to your dream.
How far do you want to take your dream?
This is where I want Paiton and others in the same mindset to feel inspired. If you truly find your passion it can absolutely be your full-time gig.
If you set the expectation that you want to make a full-time career out of it then go for it! There are many photographers that make it big and are sought after for their talent.
It may start off as a side job, but then it can continue to grow into something bigger. When you believe in yourself it’ll be a game changer.
What I see in her photographs is talent at a very young age. I imagine positive affirmations that go along with these photos.
Have you ever looked at a photo and imagined yourself there?
That is the wow factor that I got when I looked at her images. I can see her becoming a well-known professional photographer someday.
She has the motivation and the desire to take her photography even further.
I see potential in her. She is lucky to have family and friends encouraging her.
However, on my end I want to give her a shout out for a job well done so far. To say to keep going and not ever give up.
I’m here to give additional praise and to thank her for sharing her story along with her incredible talent.
It’s never too late to pursue that spark that was ignited in you when you were a kid.
You are never too old to learn or too busy to make it happen. It all starts with you.
You get the honor of deciding when it all begins.
So there you have it an interview through the eyes of an amazing 13-year-old photographer.
Hopefully this will get you all in thinking, deciding and most importantly: starting.
Aren’t your dreams worth pursuing?