2014 - New Year, New Outlook
As this year comes to a close, I can't even begin to express my gratitude for your love & support. You have allowed my business to flourish, and I have been busier than I ever imagined! I have met so many incredible people, have captured so many precious memories, and have been able to donate to wonderful organizations & charities. My prayers to be busy and build my business have been answered, and I am so thankful for every opportunity I have been given this year.
However, I humbly admit that I have allowed my desire to build my business to take priority over my family this past year. Most of my free time (when I'm not working full time as a special education teacher) has been spent in front of a computer, and I’ve been consistently “too busy” for my family. My little boys have become used to Mommy saying, "not right now" or "wait a minute". Going out to eat with my husband has been replaced with editing.
Although my original prayers of being so busy were answered, I feel I have learned a great lesson. I have realized that the demands of being overcommitted and spread too thin has made my passion for photography feel like more of a "job". That realization has been so powerful because I NEVER want photography to become a job! I love & respect it too much for that to happen. I also realize that no matter how much I love photography (and I love it a lot), it defeats the purpose if I put it in front of my family. Therefore, I have made a prayerful decision to limit the amount of sessions I schedule each month. I want to focus on quality and staying true to my vision rather than trying to break records for scheduled sessions. I want to shoot with meaning & purpose, to be intentional, and to never provide a cookie-cutter experience for my clients simply because I'm "too busy".
With all of that being said, I am looking forward to a refreshed and focused new year…to be the best I can be for my family and for you! My slogan is "Let your Heart Smile". I need to get back to letting my own heart smile every time I pick up my camera! I can’t thank you enough for your incredible love & support! It means the world to me! <3