Sink, Swim or Float?!?

I’ve been working in the photographic industry for almost a decade now, but I feel like I have just been floating.  Floating is relaxing, who doesn’t like a good float down a river on a hot summer’s day?

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What do I mean by I’ve just been floating?  Well, many things, I’ve worked in several different areas of the industry from portraits, to events, travel and commercial work.  My work has taken me to some pretty cool places and I’ve met some great people along the way!  But, I felt like something was missing and I couldn’t figure out what.  It was time for some good old fashioned self-reflection.

Now, I’m not always one for introspection but I spent some serious time taking a look at my career so far.  I’ve always felt proud to be a gainfully employed photographer, sometimes a rarity in the field, but I wasn’t enjoying the type of work I was doing and had no spare time to work on projects that interested me.  Don’t get me wrong, I appreciated having a full-time job, I’ve learned a lot over the years and I’ve definitely enjoyed my journey.  However, I was just floating; the magic that originally beckoned me to become a photographer was fading.   It was time for me to sink or swim; it was time to remember what part of photography I was passionate about and to pursue it wholeheartedly.

After some reflection, I came upon the realization that the period in my career when I was the most excited to go to work, that I approached with the highest enthusiasm was when I was a portrait photographer.  I questioned myself, “Is venturing out on my own worth the risk? Should I just jump in with both feet?” But, before the doubts could creep in I plugged my nose and took the plunge.

When it really came down to it, I realized that I missed being a part of the special moments in people’s lives.

weddingI missed photographing engagements, and witnessing just how much someone can truly love another.  I missed wedding photography; for those quiet moments a couple have during their special day when it seems like no one else exists in the world except them.

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I missed maternity photography; getting a picture of the anticipation and excitement an expecting couple share during a maternity session.  I missed newborn photography; capturing the wonderment on the faces of proud first time parents as they watch their newborn child sleep. I loved watching them obsess over how truly tiny those little fingers and toes are.

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I missed shooting baby photography; and the happiness that filled me when I captured the personality of a baby in their first year of discovery.  I missed family photography; recording the dynamics and character that makes each family unique. Most of all, I have missed the relationships I form with my clients as we collaborate and create their perfect portraits.

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I’m excited for this new chapter in my career, to return to my roots in portraiture and to continue to grow as a professional with my much loved clients.  I’m ready to swim! I have a new website and a new brand and it just feels right. I’m taking the water wings off and jumping in head first so come and take the plunge with me!

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