My Photography Journey… Where I’ve been and where I’m going

Welcome to my new blogsite! I’m excited to move into a newer layout that makes it so much easier to share my work with everyone.  Be forewarned though, that I am a photographer, not a web designer, so this is going to be a growing process for me. I’m sure there will be some hiccups along the way, and I have quite a bit of learning to do about blogging and websites, so please bear with me. I would suggest starting with the “About the Artist” link above to learn the basics about me. This is just going to be extra info, and a little more personal about my photography journey. Word of warning: it’s going to be LONG. Like many photographers, I’ve always had a camera in hand. It is just over the last 4-5 years that I’ve gotten serious about learning everything I can and improving my skills. I started as a scrapbooker, but then quickly noticed that my attention was drawn more by the photographs in the scrapbook magazines sample layouts than the layouts themselves. I wanted MY images to look like that. Thus my thirst for learning manual mode on my camera was started, and my journey escalated from there.

I did portfolio building for nearly 3 years. I did learning sessions on anyone who would let me, and I did them for free. I’m a strong believer in not charging until you know what you are doing. I started charging last year and doing the occasional session here and there, but not really pursuing it much. Then early this year things changed. Someone came into my life that got my photography wheels turning again. Someone who made me realize just how important my photography was to me, especially my newborn photography. Turns out, this person was not entirely honest with me and apparently had ulterior motives. At first I was truly devastated; but then I decided to turn it into a positive experience. I aggressively pursued my passion. I started networking, advertising, and reaching out. I took a newborn workshop to further my newborn skills even more. All the while, there was this person, doing nearly exactly what I did, after I did it; posting similiar comments and running similiar session specials.   At first I let it upset me, but then I realized that imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery. I stopped looking at that person’s work. I realized it didn’t matter what others were doing, and that I can only control me. I pushed myself like I never have before to improve my skills and marketing.  I would very much like to thank the person whom I’ve spoken of; without them, I may not have had the push to pursue my dream of newborn photography to the extent with which I have pursued it recently. I mean this in only the sincerest way. I believe people come into our lives for a reason, for better or for worse; positive and negative.

So, where am I going now? Well, I’m excited to announce that I am finally leaving the portfolio building stage behind. Which means my prices will be changing. I realize that I may lose some past clients because of this, but I am hoping to make new ones as well. Being a “legal” business increases my costs as well. I am going to continue my work as a critical care nurse. It’s a huge part of who I am, and I could never leave it behind. I will continue with limited sessions for now. However, I will be expanding the range of sessions that I do. I am happy to announce that I will be specializing in Newborns (I know, big surprise, right!). I will also be doing Maternity, and Birth-1 year sessions. I will be working on a grow-with-me plan in the near future and will announce it later. I will also be doing my ever popular Cake Smash Sessions as well. I hope you all will check my site out from time to time to see what the latest news is. I also ask each of you to please share my work with anyone you know who may be interested in having a session done. Word of mouth from previous clients is the biggest compliment you can give me. I truly appreciate each and every one of you that I have worked with over the last 4-5 years. YOU are the reason I am here today. I have not “arrived” yet, so to speak, but I am working hard on that. Thank you so much for being a part of my photography journey….I couldn’t have done it without YOU!