Hi, there. My name is Camille Cardona. Yes, I am officially 1/2 of The Cardonas. I would have never imagined saying that even just two years ago, but here I am and I am loving it.
Let me back-track a little to give you some context into my story. Two and a half years ago, Jp + I got married and unlike him, I did not immediately know what I was going to do with my life. All I knew is that I was passionate about two things: Jesus + people. At the time, I had recently graduated with a major in social work with the hopes of becoming a social worker that could offer people hope and bring change. With this in mind, I eventually snagged a job in Child Protective Services. I had no idea the level of brokenness and pain I was about to witness first-hand and to be honest, I wasn’t ready. Nothing can prepare you to see first-hand a child who is abused or neglected. Nothing. It’s heart-wrenching. I thought I was emotionally and spiritually strong enough to handle it, but I realized this job was simply not for me. I did not feel like I was doing much for the people who were truly in need and started to feel overwhelmed by a broken system. Long story short, feeling this overwhelmed by my job, I did not know what to do next. I had studied social work, but I did not love the practice of it. Great!
So I want to share a little about this season of becoming. When you’re in your early twenties, recently graduated from college, with so many ideas in your head about how your life is going to turn out and then your plans change, God says “no”, or “not yet”. What do you do next? This is where The Cardonas comes into play for me. In this season, where I did not love or even like my job, art saved me. By the way, I never considered myself an artist or the creative type before, but when I started to learn photography + videography (thanks to my dear husband), I fell in love with it. It helped me keep my mind off all the hurt I came into contact with daily. I also loved that I could connect with people and make them feel happy through the art I could create. I loved creating beautiful imagery and seeing how even that could change someone’s world. Here’s when my husband + I decided to turn our hobby into our career + to pursue our dream of shooting weddings for a living.
I wrote all of this to say that I am still becoming and that that’s okay. It’s okay to not have it all figured out. That really takes the pressure off of things and makes you realize that the journey of becoming is the most important part. I am not just becoming an artist, every day, I am becoming a better me in general. In these images, I also became our first model for The Cardonas. 😉 I hope you enjoyed my story and these images. Can’t wait for all that’s to come!