Hello Friends and welcome to my VERY FIRST ever blog post!! Yes, that’s right, the year is 2018, I’ve been a photographer over 2 years and I am finally writing my very first blog post! Can I just start by saying how freeing it feels as I type this that I will not be receiving a numerical grade for this?! The average student in me is jumping for joy! Although feel free to leave a grade in the comments below.
So, here I am. Just a little over a month after leaving a company where I worked for almost 15 years to now pursue my own business as a wedding and portrait photographer. I can recall telling people I worked with that I was going to be leaving and getting the expected question, “Where are you going?”. When I would share that I was going to be running my own photography business I received many well wishes and congratulations, a few “good for you”, and the occasional “yes, get out while you can” responses. No matter the response I got, the expression seemed to be the same on most faces, “What are you thinking?”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know everyone did mean what they said but I also understand the puzzled looks on their faces. To be honest, if someone had come to me a few years ago and said they were leaving their regular, routine, safe, normal 9-5 job to go into business for themselves, I would have looked at them the same way. Very responsibly, it has been instilled in me from a young age, that working a job or having a profession that is reliable and traditional is the most sensible choice to make as an adult. I understand why this is thought to be “the right choice”, for a very long time it seems to have been one of the only choices. Going into business on your own is a scary thought. All the responsibility falls on you. You could run yourself in circles with all the “what if” internal dialogue ! In some ways it seems a little too confident to assume that you will be successful as an entrepreneur. I mean really, who do you think you are?! Well…..I’ll tell you.
I was born and raised in Virginia Beach. I grew up attending public school in the Kempsville area and even started my freshman year at Old Dominion University. At the same time I met my now husband of 16 years, David. Growing up my family attended a church and was very active within our church community. I was baptized and confirmed within the Episcopal church. I loved my experiences in that church and was even married and had our only daughter baptized there as an infant. I wouldn’t change any of it. But, in the last 13 years I have come to learn and know more in my relationship with Christ. I would never say that I was “lost”. David and I discussed our faith and beliefs even in the very beginning of our relationship. We were both raised as Christians. What I lacked for a long time was the knowledge that I was created with a specific purpose in mind. I was placed on this earth, in this family, in my community, for a reason. I’ll be honest, I’m not awesome at predicting the future. But I can absolutely look over my past and point to specific places where God was telling me, showing me, what I was meant to do now. There was a reason I was obsessed with taking pictures and having them printed only to ogle over them for hours. There was a reason I had fantasies of opening a cupcake shoppe in my early 20’s. There was a reason I would spend hours scrapbooking our family photos and even brainstormed a potential business to create scrapbooks for others. These reasons may seem naive and small to you but to me they are a road map that got me to this place. Taking photographs is one thing, all on its own. Owning your own business? It’s a step out in faith. It is a public declaration that says, “I know this may seem crazy, or irresponsible even, but the peace that I can find in God making this decision tells me it’s right.”
I’m so thankful for my past experiences. I’m glad that I was able to gain the business knowledge and experience from my prior profession. I’m grateful for the family and community that is supporting me in this season and that I know I can continue to depend on as my story continues. I’m hopeful that everything I do within this business will make an impact on the people I meet.
Yasssssss girl! SO stinking proud of you for stepping out and taking that leap of faith! The best is yet to come!
LOVE THIS! God is so good! Proud of you for pursuing your God given passions!!
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