Living down in Tennessee for year brought so many new opportunities, new locations, new photographer friends, new clients turned great friends. Including the fantastic group of Looks Like Film group. We met up at Homestead Manor in Thompson's Station and I'm sharing just a little glimpse of that night. Pure magic is what you get when you put 30 some photographers into one gorgeous venue location.
i knew i wanted to be a mom in kindergarten when i grew up, then soon realized the next year that maybe a teacher would be better suited for me instead. Summer rolled around in early middle school and I would sketch out the latest fashion outfits on paper and the most epic house-design layouts that my family would live in eventually. a two story house with our own game room and pool. in high school i clung to art, it was my creative outlet. it got me a small scholarship to a small private school in Wisconsin. and the same went for college, because soon after my sophomore year my art professor questioned why i was taking so many classes but i never mentioned it as a major. he was right, i enjoyed them and if they fit into my schedule, i just HAD to take them. so along with my business degree, i managed to include a second major in art as well.
when i graduated i had not a single clue what i wanted to do. i enjoyed my marketing class and enjoyed tutoring other students for it. but i had limited experience and took a temp-job as a creative coordinator for the graphic design department at a local business near my hometown. it was the best decision, even if the pay wasn't the greatest, thank you student loans. but i thrived in that department and my eye for design, my love of marketing products and services, and working day in and day out with other creatives made each day enjoyable!
fast forward a couple years later, and i'm blessed to have a full time position with the City in the marketing department. a dream i thought would never be possible crossing that stage for my college graduation. i should have gave myself more credit but honestly i still don't know what exactly i want to be when i grow up. it constantly changes. i love social media, i love to design program guides and logos, photographing weddings and creating beautiful blog posts to share. right now i'd have to say twenty years from now my dream job would be: working part time at a Harley Davidson store, photographing weddings and families on the weekends and enjoying the week days traveling around to new locations would be ideal. dreams are dreams and let's all shoot for them!
....Or really how this job (my clients) chose me!
As a graduation present from college, my soon-to-be husband and brother-in-law pitched in and helped me purchase my first "big girl" camera. You know the ones that make the tiny point and shoot look like wimps next to each other. I was so excited. Soon I realized it was far too overwhelming and sadly it sat in it's case for about a year collecting dust. Until a good friend of mine had got engaged, and she took a chance and asked me if I wanted to photograph their engagement photos. She realized how I had a great eye for the photos that I had been taking with my phone and she knew. She knew even before I ever did and if it wasn't for her, I'm not sure if I would be here today shooting 15+ weddings a year and for that I am thankful!
Before I photographed their session, I had to really understand my camera and how to use the basics of it. No more auto mode! I studied that boring manual before bed, and took an intro to photography night class after work. I stuck to it, I pushed myself to take endless photos (mostly of my dog Harlee). Whom is a total pro at pouting in front of the camera because she knows mom's got the camera again. So when I got to their session, I knew how to work my camera and that first engagement session took place on the turf of Lambeau Field. Such a great way to start my career. I posted those photos to my personal Facebook page to share with their family and friends and things took off!
Faster than I could have ever imagined. I started to take on family sessions and early that next year I jumped into my first wedding. Never looked back and it's been the best decision. After building up some experience, I purchased new cameras, new lens, a website and all that business legality. Even though I still have a full time 8-5 job, I enjoy the busyness and the weekends spent with some of the greatest clients. I have never considered it a "job". A job to me is work and photography for me is far from it. Starting with potential clients meetings over lunch or drinks together, to hugs at the end of an absolute beautiful night, all the way to meeting up years after because those clients turned into true friendship. It's all worth it, every single ounce of that "work". It's why I chose this profession or really more thankful that my clients choose me. I wake up blessed to capture another day.