I think there have been days in everyone’s lives where we wake up and we just do not want to get out of bed. Something that I’ve realized more recently is that it is the passion we have for what we do that makes us set our alarms, brush our teeth, and go out and live our lives. Some people have known this all their lives. Some people have known what they wanted to do with their lives since the day they were born. For me it was different. I always thought I was a very creative person and was always drawn to the expressive medium of photography, but I didn’t see how my hobby as an amateur photographer could turn into a career.

That’s the thing about passion — you have to feed it. If you feel yourself getting excited and passionate about something do not let it go, no matter what anyone around you might say. This is what I have begun doing with photojournalism. My passion for the art keeps growing and growing. The more I learn about it, the more I see the potential in myself and what I could do with it.

I became interested in photojournalism because of the storytelling aspect. It’s more than just amateur photography. It is meaningful. It is provoking. It can change the world. They always say that a picture says a thousand words and it is true. There are so many small moments in life that represent a bigger picture. Photojournalism puts a face to statistics, it provokes thought, and it makes what is happening around the world more personal. I want to venture into the unknown. I want to learn for the rest of my life. I want to tell stories that deserve to be told and give voices to people who have no outlet to do so themselves. I want to run with this passion forever.

No matter what you want to do in life, make sure you put everything you have into it. Find what you love and let it kill you.

— Lori