Heather Gill

I had known about RMSP for years, and in fact it had been on my list to attend for at least four years before I made the decision to go for it. I knew I wanted to make it happen, but I also had this little girl at home that I didn't want to leave. after wrestling with the decision for quite a while, I knew that my daughter needed me to show her that anything is possible; that you can accomplish anything you want, as long as you set your mind to it and go after it.

Leading up to the summer of 2012, my husband and I found a way to make it my year for finally going to RMSP. In the end, it was the best decision I could have made for my photography career. I did both Summer Intensive and Advanced Intensive with the goal in mind of working in the food industry, albeit in a different capacity than I was used to. Prior to having my daughter, I attended the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, OR and had worked as a chef for years. Knowing I wanted to stay connected to the food industry, RMSP represented the link that allowed me to connect my established past with a future I wanted to realize.

After my six months away from my family and life as I knew it, I returned to Phoenix and shortly thereafter was offered the position of photo editor for Edible Phoenix. Naturally, I accepted. Combining my newfound photography skills with my established knowledge of food and food culture, I was right where I needed to be, and enjoyed it immensely. Along with my duties at the magazine, I also began to build a client base for my personal work, which continues to keep me busy. Recently I added another exciting chapter to my ongoing photography saga by signing on with a photo agency based in Barcelona. I am incredibly excited to see where this takes me!

My future was changed - and quite quickly after graduation I might add - thanks to RMSP. Making the decision to attend remains one of the hardest, yet best decisions I have made in a while. But as they say, the best decisions are never easy, but they are always worth it. And this one has definitely been worth it for me. See more of Heather's work at heathergill.photoshelter.com