Thankful Thursday: Trying It All

This is a Thursday series in which I pause and acknowledge something big and important or something small and insignificant that has made me thankful. It is so important and incredibly refreshing to look at the positivity around us, when we are so often surrounded by negativity. 

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This photo is from Rouen, France, where I lived in 2009. Lately, I've been missing it. Missing the market, my favorite tea shop, the #4 bus, the boulangerie down the street... Sometimes I ache to order un café at the nearest coffee shop and journal my heart out. I did a lot of thinking, and a lot of dreaming, in Rouen. And now, more of that thinking and dreaming stuff is happening again. Madness, I tell ya! You'd think I'd learn my lesson... ;)

When I was beginning to think about launching this business, and as I was building my portfolio, I took the advice of a New York-based photographer whom I respect and admire greatly. Katie posted a series called Finding Your Niche. She talked about how she shifted from shooting families/portraits/weddings to exclusively elopements. (Are you eloping? She travels!)

In any case, one of her posts suggested shooting everything (portraits, weddings, couples, families, etc) as you are building your photography business. I read this post over and over again, thinking about what "everything" meant to me, and how I could make that happen. And while I certainly haven't taken photos of EVERYTHING, I have covered a lot of ground in the last 6 months. I shot maternity sessions, newborns, family sessions, couples, headshots, Fancy Lady Boudoir, a wedding, a birthday party, homecoming, and much more*. It's been a whirlwind, and at times I felt overwhelmed, but mostly I felt powerful and busy in the best way possible. Working so hard, simultaneously editing so many sessions, helped me realize that I could DO THIS. That I could make this business that had been swimming around in my brain - a reality. I can't wait to share some of the images with you.

I am so thankful for the community that has guided me to where I am today, and for Katie's advice. But mostly, I am grateful to the people who were willing to take a chance on me. Because I have had the time of my life. It's not to say that each session I shot resulted in a giant epiphany -- but I learned so much from every single session I shot last year, and I can't wait to do more.

(Oh, but boudoir photography? Yeah, that was a huge epiphany. More on that another time** -- but oh boy, I want to take over the world and shoot a boudoir session with every woman ever! Dream big, right?)

*I have big plans, folks. I recently talked to a friend about photographing a birth, and now I am obsessed with the idea. I really want to make this happen, but obviously I would need just the right person to trust me to shoot this first one. If you, or anyone you know, has ever thought about hiring a birth photographer... let's chat. :)

**Big announcement on the blog tomorrow (Friday) -- so stay tuned!