Last year was my busiest year to date. The most portrait sessions and weddings I've done in a year. So in that respect, I am a little surprised that I'm not preparing for a single wedding for this year. Of course I'm still growing in my skills, as every photographer should be, and I know that my abilities have certainly grown since I started photographing for a business over 6 years ago. And thank God they have.
But now I can confidently say that I am in transition. I have recently become part of the Char Co team!! (http://char-co.com) as one of the associate photographers. A dream job that I didn't believe could become reality, and it has. My first wedding with them is in May and I FEEL READY! Maybe this is the first step to something bigger than I imagined. Maybe not. But I am excited and hopeful for the possibilities. On the other hand, I have not stepped away from my own little business, as small scale as it may be.
So I decided to use my skills in a place I would never regret. Right here at home. Photographing the real and raw un-styled beauty that I am blessed to be surrounded by on a daily basis. I often avoid taking photos of my own family because of the amount of 'effort' that goes into getting them ready to take a proper picture. But my idea of beauty has been evolving, thanks to friends like Tiffany Farley (http://tiffanyfarley.com) and some super talented photographers that I am so often inspired by. Causing me to ask questions about my work like 'what matters to me?' Well, I can start here. These two beautiful, brilliant girls matter to me. The baby I will be having in 5 more months matters to me. The home I get to live in matters to me. The outstanding husband I am not deserving of living alongside matters to me. So I'll start here. Until the beautiful, extravagant weddings that I DO love come my way. The gorgeous brides in their amazing dresses, the beautiful floral table settings and intimate loving moments that come with them come my way. Until maybe I get to be more of a mainstay for Char Co. comes my way. I will start here.
Aren't they really just fantastic?!