I have been reminiscing back to my college days quite often recently. I don’t know what it is but I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about when this business was just a little dream. The truth is, I was never the girl that “always dreamed of being a photographer” when she grew up. I wanted to be creative and I wanted to love my job and I wanted to have freedom. Well, 6 years later, I’m living that dream and there are some days when I don’t believe it’s true. Sometimes I have people ask me, “Did you ever imagine your business would turn into what it is today?” and my answer is normally “No way!”. However, the more I think back to my first year of shooting,
the more I remember having this little inkling of hope from the very beginning. I hoped for success…. I dreamed of teaching one day…. I dreamed of producing images that gave me goosebumps. There was something within me that truly believed that I could do this. Sometimes that feeling was stronger than other times… but no matter what, it was always there. It was almost as if I had naive expectations of what could potentially happen with my business. The things I dreamed of were not likely and they were borderline impossible when you look at the success rate of most small businesses. However, I really believe that being naive to high possibility of failure is what pushed me forward so quickly. I honestly think I am more nervous and fearful before weddings now than I was when I first started!!
When I first started, I was unaware of the pressure, the expectations and the overall stress of wedding photography. I was just so excited to be SHOOTING A WEDDING!!!! There are some days when I miss being naive. Sometimes I wish I could revert back to that new, 20 year old photographer that was so inspired by absolutely everything!! Don’t get my wrong, I’m still inspired and LOVE my job… but there was something so wonderful about that first year! So for all of you new photographers out there that are just getting started, as weird as it sounds, I hope that there is a little part of you that is naive enough to allow you to dream BIG dreams. I don’t want you to make major mistakes… but I also don’t want you to become so overwhelmed with fear that you don’t grow. There has to be a balance there!! This weekend I don’t have a wedding and I’m going to enjoy taking a break! For those that are shooting this weekend, I wish you the best! Have fun, enjoy your job and try new things!! Happy Friday!
There has never been a year quite like 2020. It started off so normal, so simple and so carefree. Then, March/April hit and it felt like everything was turned upside down!
Another month. I had forgotten just how fast it goes when they are this tiny. One minute they are in 0-3 month clothes and the next you’re unpacking 6month options!
How is it MARCH already in 2021?! This year is flying by and we’re getting closer and closer to the beginning of wedding season! At least we are here in Virginia! It’s my honor to get to introduce you to some of our KJ Students who are doing the hard work of educating themselves and growing their businesses! My hope is that their stories and advice will be an encouragement to anyone wanting to grow and feel confident before wedding season picks up!
Welcome to a brand new installment of KJ Student Spotlight!! It’s always a good day on the blog when we get to introduce you to some of our students and share their wins and advice!!! These three students have taken courses, watched Youtube episodes, are KJ All Access members, use our templates and have invested in themselves time and time again in order to grow their businesses! They deserve this recognition!!!
Here it is! Post one of twelve! I’m committing, once again, to blogging my favorite images each month of Everett’s first year and I’m excited about it because I know from past experience that this is truly the BEST motivation and accountability to stay on top of family editing!!
It’s hard to believe I’m writing this… my fourth birth story in four years. I’ve given birth in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Just typing that makes me tired….. and so grateful…. unbelievably grateful. These last four years have been the best and hardest of my life. We cherish being parents and welcoming a new baby is hands down the most incredible thing we have ever experienced in our 18 years together. I’m so excited to introduce you to our newest member of our family and tell you the story of how he came into this world!