So many days I sit at my desk alone. I feel that I’m in this crazy journey of my business by myself. It’s so easy to get lost in the emails, invoices, accounting, editing, marketing, etc. There are times that I’m so busy with everything else, it feels that photography is such a minuscule part of what I do. The truth is, it is.
It’s the days that I get to get on the phone with a woman who is facing divorce head on and is deciding, in some of the darkest days of her life, that she wants to stand in front of my camera. She wants to open her wounds, show me her new scars, and trust me to tell her story.
It’s the days that a mom emails me, telling me that she is finally pregnant after trying for many years. That she wants me to photograph this growing child that lives so deep inside of her soul, before they’ve even met.
It’s the days where a couple lets me know that they’ve been following my work for so long and that beyond them saying their vows, my photography is what they are most excited for.
It’s the days I get to photograph children, the ones I’ve photographed year after year. As they grow older, I get to watch their personalities change and am in constant awe of how special they are.
It’s the days I get to witness a father, dying of cancer, walk his daughter down isle. The same father and daughter that know that this is the last celebration they will have together. It’s a reminder of how strong we all are and the human spirit.
It’s the days where I don’t want to get out of bed because comparison is rearing it’s huge and ugly head, but then I remember that I have a consult in a few hours and I somehow find the strength to find my way back to my “why”.
My “why” is the people I photograph, 100%. I constantly open up social media and get bogged down with the fact that I could always be better at my business. But, then I remember that I’m not in this to be the best in the business. I’m in this to be the best for the people who have invested in me. The people who have put their trust in me to deliver. The people who say, “we have decided we can’t have anyone else photograph our wedding. We want you there!” or “I’ve been wanting to have a family for years and I always knew you’d be the one I would reach out to when I did. We are expecting!”
I have so much gratitude for those that have invested in my over the years. It really is because of you believing in me that I have a business. Your stories must be told and I can’t thank you enough for letting me do that.
“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer
Just some highlights from this year