I’m no stranger for changing directions and going down different paths as seasons in our life change. It’s easy to go through the motions on repeat, but sometimes we need to re-evaluate things in our lives. We have had several moves in our marriage with my husband’s job transfers that have made us setup our lives and “home” in places that are new to us. We have became parents. We have had to make new friends and say “see you on Facetime” to others when we move. These things all require we make adjustments to best fit our needs at the time.
One of those adjustments was taking a break from the business of photography. I saved up and bought my first “big girl camera” (DSLR) back in 2009. I started dabbling in photography and taught myself a lot. My passion for photography grew and I began taking workshops and opened up a newborn and photography business, on the side, while working as an RN. Another move and a desire for us to be parents, led me to pursue working from home as a photographer. I also did some photography and marketing for real estate. I have learned so much in the last few years relating to photography and running a business. When we became parents for the first time, keeping up with the photography business was more of a challenge than it was without kids, but I continued. We added yet another out-of-state move into the picture, and I re-started my photography business……again.
From experience, I feel like it takes at least a year or more to start gaining a steady flow of clients and getting your name out there. Since our last move, I ran my photography business for year and a half when I started to really “re-evaluate” continuing to pursue the business side of photography. God began putting the decision to take a break from the business on my heart over a year ago, but being stubborn, I continued about my own ways.
Towards the end of 2016, I started to really look back and evaluate my photography business. I was able to bless many families welcoming new little ones into the world with beautiful photos. I was able to watch sweet little tots just starting to walk blossom into full blown talking toddlers. I love being able to capture the memories for my friends and clients that they will cherish forever. I started reading Lisa TyKuerst’s book “The Best Yes,” the decision I knew I had to make became even more and more clear.
I’ve heard it said a few times, but when we say “Yes” to something, we are also saying “No” to something else. Unfortunately, my “No” when I said yes to photography ended up being time with my family. It made me sad looking back that I didn’t take as many photos of M as I would have liked, and all of the ones I have taken haven’t been fully edited or displayed. Then there is time away from my family while I do shoots and edit photos. I finally listened to the nudge from the Lord and felt at peace with my decision.
About a year ago, I started sharing about my love for essential oils that I had been using for over a year. Sharing about my love for them has blossomed a new sort of journey this past year. I’ve been able to bring in income to help out our family, get free oils, make some amazing friends, work completely on my own schedule, and not have to find babysitters and sacrifice time away from my family. The more we have learned about what is in the products we put on our bodies and the ill effects they can have, the more we want to get these toxins out of our house.
Because of this, I have decided to change the direction of my site from photography only to a lifestyle blog, where I can share about what’s happening in our lives, my journey to living with less-toxins, recipes, photography tidbits, adoption, DIY projects, and motherhood. With these changes, I hope to be able to spend more time in the present with my family.
I still have a huge love and passion for photography, so I hope to share a lot of photos with you all and even some tips and tricks to get the most out of the photos you take. Some of my closest friends I have today, I met as photography clients. I want to thank all of my amazing clients I have had the privilege to photograph over the past year and my family and friends for supporting me on this new journey. Here we go!