I owe you this post.
Because if you’re here, if you’re reading, this probably isn’t the first time you’ve visited. You guys are my people. You’ve invested your time (on of the most precious resources) and chosen to meet me here in this space for the last three years.
It’s been quiet, but that doesn’t mean still. Not by any means. Some things have been in the works behind the scenes. Big things, God things. Dreams-Coming-To-Fruition kinds of things.
I have failed at times. Loading film correctly on the first attempt. Remembering all 12 of our nieces and nephew’s birthdays. That Crockpot lettuce wrap recipe from Pinterest (ask Matt about that one sometime…maybe it tasted like cat food and maybe we went to Chik-Fil-A instead. Major Pinterest Fail). For a while, I wouldn’t have put “balancing teaching, life, and the business” on this list because for a while, I thought I had mastered the art of compartmentalizing my life. But in recent months, it’s felt like I could barely keep my head above water, like I was gasping for air but always just barely missing the surface.
Something had to give.
As of April 29th, I will officially be leaving my classroom, saying goodbye to my families and beloved co-workers, and choosing to pursue my business fiercely for however long God will allow.
So, what does this mean?
This means after three years, I’m tossing fear in a bucket, burying them deep with my insecurities about my ability to thrive at this business, and not looking back. It means handing over the reigns in my classroom to someone who may not love my kids the same as I do, but trusting that they are the better person for the job because they will be 100% committed to them and only them. It means having the time to serve my clients the way I’ve always envisioned. It means having consistent office hours so I can be a better wife to my husband. For this year at least, it means travel that I’ve dreamed of and 20 weddings I never thought I would have the opportunity to photograph.
I’ve waited a long time to write these words to you. I can’t promise the story is going to end beautifully, because He’s still writing it, but I trust that His plan is better than my own. It’s a new beginning, but that’s just it. It’s only the beginning.
For the mothers who have trusted me with your babies for the last seven years…thank you. I know it’s not easy to hand them over while they cling to you in the mornings, but I promise you if nothing else, I have loved them. Thank you for allowing me their daylight hours. The joy has been mine.
For the clients who have chosen me over the other amazing options you have in this wedding photography industry…thank you. Choosing me is one decision you make in this process, but it is literally changing my life. Thank you for allowing me to serve you and create heirlooms for your family for generations to come. The joy is mine.
Photo taken by my dear Shannon Moffit (edited by myself)