It started out as a hobby, a way to capture the real life moments of my daughter and my family, quickly turned into more of an obsession and a passion, and this summer, into a business, Everyday Art Photography. I jumped into it thinking I would just have some fun, take some photos of friends and family, and get some good hands-on experience. But then it became more. Before I knew it, I was turning people down. I went back and forth with it. I have a "real" job that I have to go to 8 hours every day. And lets not forget that first and foremost, I am a wife and a mother. Can I really be a photographer, too?
Thankfully, in just a few short months, photography has lead me to where I am now. I have met and worked with some amazing families and kids, and I have been able to do something that allows me to really use a side of myself that I love and enjoy, but maybe never really knew I had. (How many engineers/photographers do you know? LOL!) I have a lot left to learn, but it is something that I am looking forward to.
I have to thank all of the families who have made it all become a reality. For the opportunities to photograph your children, the words of encouragement and praise, the mouth-to-mouth advertising, and the patience when I was trying to figure things out! I never even dreamed it would be what it is today when I started this summer. The amount of people who look at this blog every day, the number of emails I get asking about a session or just to give me a compliment on my work…it is humbling.
Last Saturday, I had my last session of the year. I am taking a much needed break for a month or two to spend time with my family during the holidays and get some behind the scenes work done. I hope to get a new fancy website up and running, and to get some of the kinks worked out. I will begin booking sessions for 2009 come mid-January.
I do have a couple of fun blog contests planned during my down time, though, so stay tuned for that! And of course, hopefully this blog will resume with it's original intent; to journal day to day events in the life of Rory Jean and our family.
Thank you, again, to everyone! I am so blessed. And to end, a shot from my last session…