I had a little bit of time to go through some of the images I've taken of my family recently, and thought I would share a little bit about my photography journey before this weekends sessions. Over a year ago, I decided that I wanted to pursue photography as a career. As far as my photography skills go, I had some experience but that experience was dated (back in my high school days when we didn’t have digital SLR’s). I knew there was, and still is, plenty of room for improvement. I decided to start taking online photography classes.
Between juggling a baby and toddler, working full time and tackling assignments, things were at times very hectic (but who isn’t busy). Regardless of the sometimes stressful moments, I knew this was the right path for me. I’ve met a great group of ladies through my online courses that have challenged me and critiqued my work to help me improve. There have been numerous late nights, and my children have put up with a lot of photo shoots for all of my assignments.
So where does this leave me now? Recently the company I worked for closed. I’m now a stay-at-home mom and photography is a part-time gig for me. I do have plans eventually to make it a full time career when my children are a little older. I plan to continue to take photography courses, in order to learn and continue to grow. While I have a soft spot for newborn photography (who doesn’t), I’m excited for my upcoming sessions which include family, maternity, newborn, toddler and a late summer wedding. I hope to do a home birth/hospital birth session at some point in my career. While I’m blessed to have a small studio at my home that we are about to renovate, I hope to one day have a larger one ideally near my home since our backyard is perfect for outdoor sessions… offering wild flower meadows, pine tree filled woods, a pond, a tire swing (coming soon), apple trees (also coming soon if I can keep them alive), and so much more.
It’s funny looking back to just a couple months ago when I thought staying home with my boys would give me a vast amount of time to run my business and take classes. I envisioned elaborate dinners everyday, and a spotless house. Reality… I’m busier than I’ve ever been, my house is more often a mess than it’s clean, and elaborate dinners happen maybe once a week. However, in order to spend quality time with my boys, make sure I stay on top of my assignments and manage my business I’ve had to let go of a lot of the little things. My photos may not be perfect, and you might see somewhat of a mess behind my children in these photographs but it’s real and it’s our story. I thought I would share a little glimpse into our lives this past couple weeks. There are some more featured on the My Life tab.