Paul D'Andrea Photography

Making the jump

I spent a lot of time on the slopes growing up, a very good friend of mine is a great skier and taught me well.  When out together he was always pushing me to keep trying harder and steeper slopes.  As I would stand at the top of some triple black with my tips hanging over the edge, I would lean into my bindings and look out over the drop.  I’ve had this feeling often in the last few years as I’ve considered going full time with my photography.

Usually progress happens in small increments; but there are some steps that require a scary leap, and after a year-and-change of looking over the full-time-photographer’s cliff, I’ve finally made the jump.

In the two weeks after I gave my notice at my day job, I certainly had a few moments of panic, but I’ve worked hard at photography like I worked hard at skiing.  I know it well.  I’ve done my research and made my plans.  I’ve got small fires burning and have just lacked the time to fan the flames.

The plan is to keep going with the corporate work I do: Portraits and headshots, group portraits, brochure photography, website photography, editorial (down the road…).  I also love to teach and am looking for ways to work that in.

I’m also excited to keep working on my own projects, especially  I’ve got the content for more hikes but just haven’t had the time to pull it together.  I’ve also got a beautiful photo printer and have been thinking about some new ways to display the work.  Hopefully print sales can help support the project.

This is an exciting time, and I wanted to thank everyone who has helped get me this far.  I’ve got a long ways to go, but I certainly wouldn’t have made it even this far without the fantastic support of friends and family.

So, need some pictures?  Send me an email or give me a ring at 317-443-3792.

Commercial photographer in Indianapolis, IN.


  • Mark Boxberger

    March 5, 2012

    Good Luck Paul – just keep those knees bent and remember, gravity is your friend :)

  • LoYates

    March 9, 2012

    Inspiring! Congratulations and I wish you all the best!

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