Now is the time of the year when you start to see all of the “Year In Review” posts, highlighting the good, the bad, and the hilarious from the year. In the past I’ve definitely done this, with posts on my favorite engagement sessions, weddings, even some behind the scenes shots. However, this year, I want to do something different. I definitely still want to highlight some of my favorite sessions from the year, but I also want to explain a few things!
This year was probably the biggest year my business has had. And I don’t mean financially or from a busy-ness stance, I mean it was the most important. This year was probably the most trying on me personally, but probably also the most informative. This year I decided to no longer shoot weddings and focus my business solely on portraits and babies.
Between my own weddings and second shooting, I photographed 27 weddings last year, and by the end of the year I was BURNED OUT. I couldn’t function, I didn’t even want to look at my camera, and I was all around kind of lost. I had only booked one wedding for 2015, and I wasn’t understanding why I was working so hard to stay in the same place. So I retreated into my shell and spent some time thinking, praying, and seeking counsel from those who really knew me. The answer I came up with was that weddings just weren’t my thing, and babies absolutely were.
Over the course of the year I worked a few different jobs to help supplement my income while I was building up this babies side of the business, and let me tell you, it was hard. I was having one of the best years of my life personally, but professionally I seemed to be going nowhere. The business definitely took a backseat as I tried to figure out what direction God was pushing me in, and at the end of the year I’m pretty much back where I started.
I’m confident God wants me to work with kids, I feel like some part of me has known that my whole life. However, I think He wants me to do more than just photograph them! He wants me to actually make a real difference in their lives. Which brings me to a very important 2015 Life Decision – In 2016, the plan is to go to grad school! For some of you reading this, that is absolutely not a surprise and has been coming for a LONG time, but my point is that I am fully seated in this idea, and 2016 is the year to make it happen! The plan is to blog and share that journey with you all, and truth be told, I might need some help along the way. I’ve got an amazing support system around me, but I want to use this blog platform as a kind of accountability partner to keep my life, my business, and my grad school journey on track! If you’ve ever been to grad school, or are thinking about going, leave me a comment below and tell me a little about your story! I would love to learn more about you and your journey 🙂