While I’ve known my strength and passion lies in the melding of business and creativity, I’ve spent quite a few years struggling with the fact that there is so much in this life I COULD do and do well.
When I graduated college, I knew I was smart, capable, and that if I put my mind to it, I could accomplish anything.
So when “anything” fell in my lap, I latched on and went from “never held a camera” to a thriving wedding and portrait photography business. My first year as a professional photographer, I had 3 clients. The next, 10. The growth was INSANE and I hit 60 weddings just a few years after shooting my very first wedding.
That’s when I threw the brakes on so hard that my business COMPLETELY went off the rails.
I went from shooting EVERY weekend to scaling back a little more each and every year. Fast forward to last year when I photographed my fewest weddings yet while making the SAME income as when I did twice that in volume.
Seriously. Half the work, twice the pay. My last full year as a wedding photographer, I made more than I ever had.
And I still walked away.
Now I’m living on the edge of my seat, praying that this is the direction I’ve been called to go. I’ve felt a yearning in my heart for YEARS now but only in the last few months have I finally had the courage to step into this new path.
I made TONS of mistakes along the way all which I hope will positively influence my journey forward.
Stay tuned because over the next few months, I’ll be sharing the pitfalls I should have been watching out for but missed in my first truly successful business. You’ll get the story on that too-I’m a serial entrepreneur so this isn’t the first day of school. 😉
I am so excited to share what I’ve learned over the past 14 years being in business for myself (with nearly 25 years of business experience growing up with an awesome entrepreneurial mom!).
Get ready, it’s going to be a crazy ride!