Happy New Year! Welcome to a new journey, a new perspective, and newfound enlightenment. I’m happy we get to share the new year together. If you’re reading this, it was meant to be. I’ve been preparing to share a portion of my story with you in case we’re meeting for the first time. So, allow me to introduce, and reintroduce, myself.
Who are you?
I’m Lynsey Nicole Weatherspoon, a photographer, continuous student, pseudo avid runner and hot dog aficionado. I’m from Birmingham, Alabama (“The Salty Ham”) and two years ago, I moved one state over to catch a glimpse of big city living in the South. I now call Atlanta (The A, ATL, The Big Peach) home, but I’ll always have Birmingham to thank for setting the foundation for my career. I’ve fallen in love with running half-marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks, but more about this in another post.
Why did you become a photographer?
My mama was my first photography and art teacher. She gave me cameras throughout high school and college as gifts. Needless to say, she was on to something and I didn’t even realize it. I stepped away from photography during college because I was focusing on my budding career in journalism, but the bug wouldn’t go away. So, during my freshman year, I took a film photography class and fell right back in love with it. I love seeing what I photograph come to life.
Did you work anywhere else before becoming a photographer?
I had a brief stint as an assignment editor at one of the local television stations in Birmingham. I didn’t leave on my own terms, but I’m thankful someone moved my cheese (Who Moved My Cheese? is a short, life changing read.) I found my cheese as a public speaking instructor at my alma mater, where my passion for teaching began.
You’re a professor too?
Yep, Professor Weatherspoon at your service. My major in college was Mass Communication, with a minor in Communication Studies. I also have a Masters in Communication Management. So, the natural progression is to become a teacher. My teaching career has taught me many useful lessons; the most important being check for errors and never settle for being mediocre. I pass this knowledge to all of my students when they’re facing challenges in their classes and their speeches. When they understand and use my advice, it’s a win-win for both parties.
So, you’re a photographer and college professor. Do you have a life?!
I have a really great life I’m living daily! In my opinion, I’m living my purpose. I don’t only get to take pictures for a living, but I help produce our next generation of public speakers and thought leaders. If you ask me, this is one hell of a life to live.
You’re pretty awesome.
Thank you. I think you’re pretty awesome too. 😉
I’m glad we had a moment to get to know each other. I hope we can help each grow in our journey to become the best photographer, artist, business owner, and overall person. Welcome to 2016, and it’s gonna be your best year yet. See you around!