Good morning! Or afternoon!
Let me start this initial blog post by saying I have never done this before, EVER. I lost most of my grammar and writing skills sometime between finishing SP English in High School and the 5 years of college after that. Don’t judge. I know when to use the correct there/their and they’re so I have that going for me!
It’s 8 am on a Saturday and for those of you who know me, this is NOT my typical productive time of day. In fact, I am usually still sleeping. But I woke up 2 hours ago and have been running around doing laundry, cleaning, drinking coffee, prepping for a wedding today, petting dogs and thinking. This is partially due to my husband being on deployment and me picking up his normal, daily things (he brings me coffee in bed because he is nearly perfect!) but it also has to do with an early night to bed last night after a LIFE CHANGING day yesterday.
Let me back up to give you a little back story.
I have loved photography for a long time. Like, as long as I can remember. In college I ALMOST switched my major after my elective photography class. But the stubborn part of me didn’t want to “waste” the 2 years I had been working on my Business degree. I also would’ve had to take a drawing class and I knew deep down inside that stick figures weren’t going to cut it. So my course in life continued on it’s destined path.
After college I had unfortunate work experiences with several layoffs. I graduated in 2009 so if any of you remember that time, the economy was a little rough. I was always told to pursue photography, but I always had an excuse. Plus I really liked the “guaranteed” income. You know, until you get laid off. Hindsight is 20/20 there if that’s what you’re thinking. Oohhh… look at that correct use of you’re! See, I told you! I also said that I didn’t want to HAVE to do photography because if I HAD to do it I might not love it. So, I settled for 10 years of corporate America.
Don’t get me wrong. Those 10 years gave me SOOOOOO much. I learned so many lessons. I learned about myself and my value. I made THE BEST of friends. I met my Husband at work. I had some not so great experiences. I cried. I laughed. Most importantly, I settled doing something that I really liked because I didn’t want to ruin something I loved, Photography.
On June 13, 2019, I had one of the worst days in my corporate life. I was completely ugly crying as if my dog had died by 8:04 AM. After 6 months of build up, possibly longer, I knew I couldn’t do that anymore and it was time to move on (to another corporate America job of course). I called Justin (aka Husband) and within minutes we knew that it was the best decision I could make and decided we would figure it out. We left for Alaska that night and had a week of chatting and deciding what my next move would be.
Fast forward to yesterday, June 28, 2019. Let this be known as the day I decided to stop making lame excuses for settling for something I liked. This is the day I decided to do what I loved full time. For two weeks I have had more support than I ever could have imagined. I have been inspired by those who mean the most to pursue a passion. 99% of those close to me have said “Go for it”. As my loving Justin put it yesterday, in a text when I asked him “Should I do photography FT?” his response was an emoji. I asked for words and he said “I support that decision”. That to me was the moment my life changed.
If you have read this far, THANK YOU! The passion for me to write this all down was tugging so hard at my heart this morning, almost to the point of tears. Instead of resisting what my heart was telling me, for the second time in my life, I really did follow my heart.
To my clients who have been with me at any point on this journey, I thank you! It is all of you who have made me LOVE photography more than I ever thought possible. To my friends from all walks of life, thank you for your love and support. To my dogs, I can’t wait to spend so much more time cuddling with you! To my Husband, you are my rock. Everything in life shaped me to be able to make this decision when the time was right. Without you and your support, I wouldn’t be making this leap. I promise to love you forever and make you (and me) proud.
I can’t wait to share more of my client’s stories with you in the near future.