I dove in head-first to this new adventure. I starting doing some portfolio building. I signed up with some online courses with the fabulous Rachel Brenke. I began to get really into photography but my life started catching up with me quickly. I decided that I wanted to go back to school to get my masters, which made my life a little more crazy but manageable since I was planning on taking things one class at a time. Then David (my hubby) and I began talking about starting a family and I got pregnant. Then it hit me. Worry. Fear. I was convinced that I couldn't wear all these hats. The teacher. The student. The small business owner. AND the mom... Something had to give. It was with a very heavy heart that I decided to step back from photography. It was one of the hardest decisions I've had to make. Photography was (and still is) more than just another hat. It's something I enjoy. It was something I had put a LOT of time and effort into through educating myself with courses, research, and blogs - not to mention camera time. Not only that, but I had put a lot of money into it as well. I will step out and say that photography is a very expensive job. There's software, equipment, props, education, AND time. Regardless, I decided the best bet was to sell all of my props and keep my equipment. I didn't want to give it up as a hobby, I just knew that I wouldn't have enough time to commit to it as a job.
My "last session" was a newborn session in February 2013. It was bitter-sweet to say the least. As I was cuddling and posing Mr J, I was constantly reminded that this is why I chose to step away. Soon, I will have my own little newborn and my life will change forever. Fast forward to July 2013, only five short months after my "last session". I was asked by a good family friend to shoot a wedding. It was a second wedding for my friend's mom and she just wanted something low key to capture the memories. Of course, I was beyond excited to do this! It was this wedding that brought me back into business. After everything I had sold and everything I had done to mentally prepare myself for no longer doing photography as a business. It all changed. It was crazy how much I really loved shooting, culling, and editing these images. I still remember that I was in the middle of culling and I got up and went over to my husband. I sat him down and told him that I can't give this up. I told him how much I truly enjoyed every little part of what I was doing and how much I had missed it in the short five months that I had stepped away from it. It was then and there that I decided that I would once again dive in head-first to this business. I came back even more passionate and eager to learn. I wanted to push myself to do my best. I once again began to build my portfolio to let the world know that Wood Photography was back in business, I signed up for a workshop, I began putting myself out there, I invested in props again, and I began making and planning some big business changes ... I wanted to create a website, start a blog, invest in new equipment. I was coming back and I was determined to come back strong. I even took a semester off school so that I could focus on my business and figure out my workflow so that I can easily juggle my many hats for the next year and a half.
So here's to meeting those goals and coming back strong.
Here's to pushing the envelope.
Here's to success :)