You know what I always, every day remind myself? That we all started in the same exact place. I remember when I was first starting out seven years ago with a crop sensor camera, a 50 mm lens, and a big dream.
It seemed like everyone around me was moving at light speed and I was still trying to figure out how the heck to focus.
Not to mention the fancy gear everyone else seemed to be able to afford! We were on a tight, barely making it budget so I had to make it work with what I had.
My editing was all over the place and I was taking every session offering that came my way. Headshots, birthday parties, newborns, kids, families, and everything in between. I just didn't know what called to me.
Some days I wanted to be a posed newborn photographer. Some days high school seniors. Then, the next month, families. Finally, I learned where my passions were and I went there. But it took a freakin long time!
And I don't regret a single moment of the process. I am glad it took me a while to find my way. I am glad I failed and continue to fail. I am glad I tried so many different things before I realized where my heart is.
Funny things is, I had a time when I HATED family photography and that is now my main focus. What I learned is that it was how I was approaching family photography that was the problem, not family photography itself.
Friend, don't rush the process. Be patient with yourself. Sure, maybe someone you follow seems to be an overnight success, but I would venture to guess that they aren't. ;) These things take time.
I want to invite you to come to Seattle and hang with me for a day for my Family As Art Workshop. This is the only in person learning experience with space that I will be offering this year.
This will be a day filled with so much soul searching and learning. We will have two shoots, one newborn and one sunset family shoot. We will talk about how to craft a meaningful and authentic brand that your families will love. Most importantly, you will learn how to infuse your work with emotion and connection, turning your work into Art.
If you know me you know I am an open book! This will feel like you are hanging out with old friends and really diving into why the heck you got into this business anyway.
I hope to see you here in Seattle in August! It's going to be amazing!