This month marks a really important milestone in my journey as a photographer and business woman. I am so excited to say that this month I celebrate my 2nd anniversary of being in business. How cool is that? Its been two years since I said goodbye to my 9-5 and took the leap of turning my love and passion into my full time job.
The last 24 months have been amazing. I will be honest though, in the beginning I was scared and overwhelmed about what lay ahead but I also was incredibly aware that if I didn’t take this opportunity when it presented itself that it would be something I would grow to regret. So I did it, with the help of my amazing husband giving me a gentle nudge right when I needed it and a whole lot of encouragement that I could do it, I jumped in with both feet and now 2 years on I can not imagine my life without this business a part of it.
Over the last few weeks I have been thinking about all the things that I have learnt over the last 2 years. The things that have helped me build this business and the things that have helped me grow not only as a photographer but as a mum, wife and person. And honestly, there has been a lot -
- Starting this business has beenharder and more emotional than I ever imagined possible.
- I have learnt more about myself. That I am more than a mother, or a wife. That I have a lot to give.
- I am not super woman - and even though i like to think I am, I just can't do everything myself. I have also learnt that this is ok.
- I underestimated how important this would be to me, and just how much of a privilege it is to be invited to capture such incredible parts of peoples lives.
- I am so thankful for the incredible relationships I have made with both my clients and other people in the industry
- I have realised how lucky I am to have my incredible husband as my biggest cheerleader
- How this business would influence my children in a positive way. I still get a little overwhelmed every time my son squeezes me and tells me how proud he is after I get a new booking
- This business has taught me to have faith in myself and trust that little voice in my head
- That creative doubt is a problem for most photographers I have met and it can actually be an incredible tool to push yourself harder to achieve even more.
- I've learnt that not everyone would understand my choices and that ultimately it would be a true test of friendship
But I think my biggest and most important lesson is that I am no longer afraid to say that I am proud of the work I have put into my business and my craft. That I am proud of myself. It is not something I say to myself very often.
I am sure there are many more lessons to come, many new things that I will learn, and a whole lot of things that will challenge me and maybe even frustrate me at times. I have so many things that I want to achieve in terms of the business and also as a mother and wife. Less working until all hours of the night and more time with my family. Continuing to build strong relationships with my clients and watch them as they go from newlyweds into parenthood, more creative collaborations that fulfil my need to experiment and in turn make me a better photographer for my clients, and to spend more time on my blog, I am excited that I am going to be able to spend some more time on it over the next few months, sharing some of my favourite weddings from the past two years, and introducing you to a bunch of my new gorgeous clients!
To get the ball rolling, I thought I would share a handful of my favourite images over the last few years. Some weddings, some families, some editorial but all make me appreciative of my journey so far :)