“Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”-Vincent van Gogh
A couple of days ago Lucienne and I went out shooting on the first real day of spring. The golden sun warmed up the car and the air smelled like adventure. Do you ever get that feeling where you need to explore? Where you need to get out and breathe deep and dance in circles till you feel dizzy? It was one of those days that was just good for your soul, you can feel it in your chest.
While Lucy was busy spinning, I was reminded about why I do what I do.
When I was younger, I was always the family member with a camera in their hand. I never imagined myself as a photographer, but I always loved to take pictures. I went to the local community college and took classes towards my fine arts degree starting at age 15. I knew I wanted to do something that had to do with art and I knew I did NOT want to be an art teacher, which seemed like one of the only things you could do with a degree in fine arts. My mother and grandmother were art teachers and I LOVE what they do, but it just wasn’t my thing. I thought about opening up a bakery, or starting an event planning business.
And then life got turned upside down (in the best way). Andy and I welcomed our wonderful ball of cuteness and energy into the world. She was soft and smelled nice and all I wanted to do was snuggle with her all day long. And then I realized that I wasn’t ever going to get this time back. I wanted a way to remember every single thing about her at every stage. I wanted to remember the sound of her voice.
The corners of her mouth when she smiled.
How soft her feet were. Yes, her feet. Feet are suddenly super cute when you have a baby.
I realized that I needed to learn to take pictures. I had gotten a great camera from my mother-in-law and I could finally expand this interest. I looked up every you tube video and read every blog post on “How to take pictures” and “How to make the background blurry”.
Cue handsome husband:
After Andy saw my interest growing into a passion, he encouraged me to start a business. He loved the technology side of it and started getting into it with me. Andy has always been an entrepreneur at heart. When Andy was in first grade, he got sent to the principles office for selling pencils to fellow students at a cheaper rate then the school store. In FIRST GRADE. This is my business brained husband and I love him.
Together we make a great team. Without Andy, my hobby would still be just a hobby. Now Andy runs the business side of things while I shoot and edit. We shoot weddings together and now he is shooting his own things as well. We are able to learn from each other and bring different things to the table. Every so often, we want to strangle each other, but that’s normal right? 😉
I love being able to capture tiny moments to huge moments for my family, friends, and clients. I can help them remember the moments that I long to keep myself. My job is not only to take pictures.
My job is to make you laugh.
My job is to make you feel beautiful.
My job is to dance in circles until I feel dizzy.
And that is why I do what I do.
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