In the following days and weeks, I felt very different, my vision of the world was completely transformed. My life and values changed very much after that event. I realised that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in real estate and that what I really wanted was to dedicate myself to my photography. It brought me a lot of pleasure and I had started to see that it could bring pleasure to other people as well.
My goal was to move to Chiang Mai by the age of 50 and to make professional photography my sole source of income.
I announced to my business partners that I was leaving. They thought I was crazy (lol). It certainly was not a straight path and there have been some major challenges along the way. But, I have never been happier! Even with the challenges and some hard times, I feel that I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing.
If you are reading this story, I encourage you to do whatever you feel you want to do, it’s doesn’t matter your age or your current situation, go ahead, be brave and embrace your decision, because it will be worth it.
After years working in different aspects of photography (property, commercial products, corporate events and productions, weddings…) in 2016 I met the wonderful people at Chai Lai Orchid. I love the great work they do as a socially conscious and a not for profit business. They are an Elephant sanctuary + Eco resort in Thailand and all proceeds support the foundation Daughters Rising.
Since then, my career has mainly focused on my work with rescued elephants and the indigenous hill tribe people that help to support this cause. Elephants were the biggest surprise – literally! Elephants are such wonderful creatures, they deserve to be treated with kindness, dignity and respect and all of those things are in abundance at Chai Lai Orchid as you will see if you visit.