I know that sounds so cliche, but it is truly how I feel and I wanted to take a few minutes to let you all know my heart today. I am so fortunate enough that I get to do what I love every day. I have worked really hard to get here and make a viable business doing my passion, I don’t ever take that for granted. I see other photographers doing the super busy hustle of family, wedding, and kids/babies right now and it makes me even more grateful to have studied and specialized in the genre that I do. (I am sure those people love what they do as well, don’t get me wrong) I have said it many times before, give me a half naked, insecure woman and let me show her how beautiful she is in my climate controlled, bug free, studio not on weekends or holidays and my dream has been made lol.
I am thankful for my husband and son, who have put up with my whole career as a photographer and all the time that I did sacrifice from them to hone my craft and get a good fundamental knowledge of photography and business, as well as working at the time as a nurse. I know they got put on the back burner more times than I like to think about. They are now getting to enjoy (maybe? lol) more time with me, a less stressed out me, and have me hounding them more at home haha!!
My clients are one of my greatest blessings to me as well…I know there are other choices in photographers, I know I am not the cheapest, I know I am not the best ever, and I know they come to me and are very vulnerable to do this type of experience. We value our time, tools, and talents (You can’t beat Heather’s make up artistry!!) and I am glad our clients value themselves enough to want someone who has had a lot of women in front of the camera though, but we are still so excited they come to us and we still strive for it to be such a special adventure that she will want to do it with us again and again!! I know there are some people who may have negative things to say about me and my business practices (I am not a push over and demand to be respected, just as I will respect them. You can’t please everyone, if you have ever ran your own business you know this, and it is my business, so I do run it the way it has to be run to be able to keep having it) but for the most part, I feel we make a positive impact in the lives of almost every woman we have photographed.
In closing, I am so thankful for so many more things that I am sure no one wants to read all of that stuff, so I want to wrap this up by telling any other people that are reading this, I would love to help you have a better work/life balance, get some systems in place to make you feel less like you need more hours in the day, and help give you the confidence to make you own business become what you want it to be. If you would like more information about that, reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can certainly chat. This goes for other photographers, side hustle businesses who want to go full time, or any other person who just needs a little coaching in their life to make it better for you and your family!
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!!