Create Your Dream Life With a Photography Income

Create Your Dream Life With a Photography Income

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February 23, 2016

When I began taking photographs, it was just a hobby...something I really liked doing on vacation. It never occurred to me I could ever make any money. However, I quickly realized what a lucrative opportunity it was.I built up my photography business from home with the intent of going full time as a photographer and traveling the world to capture amazing imagery. And this past year, it finally became my reality.

Flight Simulators, Photography, and Other Freelancing Benefits

Flight Simulators, Photography, and Other Freelancing Benefits

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July 1, 2015

A decade after leaving the corporate world and moving to Mexico, the word that best sums up my move is "freedom." These days I'm visiting five to seven countries a year. I have the freedom to set my own schedule...decide what days are workdays...enjoy lunch at the beach with my feet in the warm sand...or park myself in a coffee shop in an easy-going colonial city.

The Secret That Costa Rica’s Expats Share

The Secret That Costa Rica’s Expats Share

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June 23, 2015

Right now I live in Tamarindo. It's a lively but manageable resort town on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Here I enjoy long days at the beach, fresh—and cheap—seafood dinners, sunset happy hours, and mingling with the vibrant expat community made up of Americans and Canadians in big numbers but also Argentinians, Italians, Israelis, French, and a dozen other nationalities. Everywhere I've gone in Costa Rica I've met a lot of expats who own and run businesses—surf schools, tour operators, B&Bs, beach bars, art galleries, petsitting, microbreweries, catering, food trucks...and more. But despite their varied niches, all these business owners have something in common.

Fishing, Photography, and a Fun Life in Costa Rica

Fishing, Photography, and a Fun Life in Costa Rica

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June 5, 2015

Retiring to Lake Arenal in Costa Rica almost four years ago was one of the best decisions my wife Beaty and I ever made. We lived in the little East Texas town of Crockett and the kids were all graduated from college. After practicing dentistry for 38 years, I was hitting the point where I was ready to get out. Beaty had already retired from her physician's assistant job.

How One Photo Earned Me $600

How One Photo Earned Me $600

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May 25, 2015

I never thought of photography as a way to earn money. It was just too much fun as a hobby. So, you can imagine my elation when I sold my first framed travel photo for $600! And, then, sold two more on the same weekend. I had been a teacher and a programmer, back in the States. But when I began living out of a suitcase—accompanying my husband on his longer business trips—I started photographing my travels

Exploring Ecuador with a Travel Secret

Exploring Ecuador with a Travel Secret

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April 16, 2015

Ecuador has it all: stunning beaches, dense jungles, snow-capped mountains, and lush plains. And when you spend them here you are among some of the friendliest people on the planet. My husband, Warren, and I spent three months exploring the country...and we found a way to make huge savings, leaving most of our budget for enjoying the food, destinations, and culture. The mountains in the Otavalo area were our favorite. Soaring peaks and dormant volcanoes surrounded green valleys, where llamas and horses grazed under blue skies.