I’ve been a part of the photography community since 2010. March will make it FIVE years. Can you believe that? I haven’t been a professional for those five years, but tell me who is when they first start out? In these five years, I have went from a total newbie to, what I feel is, a professional photographer. I have also relocated and that alone has set me back.
Ya see, whenever we had moved to SC from KY, my business was just starting to take off. I had been shooting for two years, but never made it really official until February of 2012…I got my retail license. And for a lot of photographers, that doesn’t seem like it REALLY makes you official, but at the time, it was a big step for me. And then in April of that very same year, we ended up moving to SC. Not the choice I wanted to make, but my business will go where I go. So there I was, in a new state, with no clients, and no way of getting my name out there. We had moved so unexpectedly, I had no time to prepare and start getting my name out in our area before we moved. It’s taken a while, but I think I’m finally starting to get back to where I was about to be in KY. Business started picking up in late summer/fall of last year and feel like 2015 will be even better.
So…what the heck is the blog post about anyway?
Well friends, let me tell you, I’m ready for change. This past year, I told myself that I didn’t want to shoot that many weddings because 2013 had so many weddings in a short period of time, that it just flat out done me in. I wanted to focus more on couples, just not weddings. I ended up shooting 5 weddings anyway, but what I DID shoot, were all SO close to what my style is, that it was totally worth it. And that’s when it hit me, I loved them so much because it’s what I loved to shoot. These weddings with vintage and rustic styling, little details, and just B&G’s that flat out ROCKED, totally made me love them all more than I thought I was going to. After meeting these couples and hearing what they had planned for their weddings and that I was going to be a part of that? Oh heck yes, this is something that I could totally get use to. But not every wedding is going to be like this. I’m at the point in my business where I want to accept every wedding that I get inquired about (because of income), but I want to shoot weddings that will showcase my work the best and that’ll make me so excited that I’m bouncing in my seat from sheer joy.
But mostly, I want to be happy. I want everything that I shoot to make me smile and feel like, “I get to do this? and get PAID for it? This is insane!”
So, what am I going to do about that? I’m going to shoot what I want.
I want to give one couple (or family, senior, etc.), every single month of this year, the opportunity to work with me on making me happier. I want to give a free session once a month so I can do sessions that I will truly love and will be my ideal style. This couple (or otherwise) will only have to pay for the digital files. That’s it.
I will do a short 1-2 day giveaway for people to enter into for the monthly Jenn’s Sessions for Joy…YEP, that’s what I’m calling them, lol.
Please note, these winners will not be randomly picked as usual for giveaways. I will hand pick the couple that I feel would be best to work with for the session I have planned.
I want to be happy this year. And I’m going to make that happen.
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