This year was a quest to see if I could do this photography thing! Not as a full-time business but as a side business that would cause me to be courageous and creative. God has done way more than I ever imagined he would. I set a reachable goal. I set up a webpage, took a class, bought a new camera and was on my way! I have to admit I wasn’t really factoring God into any of this. I didn’t pray for more shoots or anything like that. But in the end I am sure that God was at work in all of it and honestly was just wanting to show his love for me. Weird? Maybe. But true all the same.
I set out in 2015 to do 5 total shoots. That number flew by. I had no idea what would be happening inside of me, a new spark emerged and I loved doing the shoots. Honestly, I was nervous each time, spent the hours before looking up cute poses for the group of people and texting back and forth to the clients nervously about where they wanted to do the shoot. Once I got there I was equally as nervous, self doubt would start to get the best of me as I am doing the shoot. I would be sweating through the whole thing. “Why is it so hot in here?” and I would end the shoot saying gosh, if we need to re-shoot cause I didn’t get anything good I will let you know! FREAKING OUT!
My friend asked me why I do not charge enough, and I said “Because I would feel bad if I messed it up!” then he replied “Have you ever messed it up?” to which I replied “No, but I might?!”
What I discovered this year is this:
1. I love photographing people, all types.
2. Because I was created for relationship that makes being a part of each family’s experience a relationship building experience.
3. People want to be known and want their pictures to reflect the character of their family or the specific person.
4. I have so much more to learn and ways to grow!!!!!
I am grateful for the lessons I have learned. After 18 shoots, families, maternity, babies, seniors and one wedding, I know what I don’t know!!! I cannot wait for another year of building relationships and growing in knowledge and ability.
Most of all God saw my puny goal and said “no, I have abundance for you and I will bring it from places you cannot even fathom. Come to me, trust in me and I will do more than you could ask or imagine.” FACT!