Let me start by saying where I am. I’ve always thought that knowing this much may help me understand where I was and, if I’m lucky, to better know where I am going. Luck. I know something about it— it got me married to a man with more patience than I can fathom, and into a career in which I am desperately passionate about.
Staring at my computer screen with damp hair and yoga pants, I’m sitting at my desk at the end of the day. I’ve just finished loading my car up for Bloom Workshop set-up tomorrow and can hear my husband upstairs getting ready for bed. He’ll take a shower, wash his face and then scroll through sports news on his phone for 15 minutes before setting an alarm and going to sleep (a routine in which I am take much comfort in for some reason). Bella is sleep-snoring at my feet and the distant hum of cars on the highway is just loud enough to reach my ears. Caleb is in bed fast asleep, my to-do list has been double and triple checked and now all there is to do now is finish my glass of Black Star Farms late harvest riesling, brush my teeth and try and get some sleep.
Earlier this year I was a ball of nerves as we approached our first workshop. Things like “what were we thinking?” “will we be good enough” “do I even have anything worth saying?” crossed my mind and sunk into my bones like poison. Happily, I was wrong and despite the unseasonably cold weather the workshop was a bit hit, a huge success… and so fun. I don’t know when it was clear that I wanted to pass on this passion I have found, but doing so has done my heart good. There is nothing I love more than hearing someone so thrilled to learn how to shoot in manual, or manage their client interactions, or even figure out how to blog.
In this creative industry, it is hard to find women who will eagerly and gladly pass on what they have learned— something I am still trying to navigate and figure out myself. Being a photographer in a city with a listed 50,000 “photographers” I often get asked why I share so openly about my work, editing and business practices. I think it has to do with the fact that I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if it hadn’t been for a select few people who guided me along– not only do I feel the urge to pass on that favor, but I also feel like I have been blessed beyond measure already. Honestly, my second wedding season in Michigan with 30 events…. and already 50% booked for 2015… I just feel incredibly lucky and want to share that with others. I also KNOW that there is plenty of work to go around for everyone and being closed off is only really hurtful to myself.
Bloom was created to inspire and spark creativity to women and business owners. I am SO proud and honored that some of you are coming out to this event. I am there to “teach” but I come away so fueled and ready to tackle even more goals of my own. At the end of the day, the relationships are what it is all about– I know that if I closed up shop and never snapped another photo again that not a tear would be shed in my direction. However, the friendships and relationships I have built over time will be lasting and meaningful.
And really….how cool is that?
If you are coming to Bloom this Thursday I truly CANNOT wait to meet you– and if you are coming out in October to our Atlanta, Georgia event I am even more excited (that IS my hometown afterall!). If you have no idea what I am talking about, you can check out info on Bloom here. We are hoping to make stops in 4 cities next year, so keep your eyes peeled.
Finally, just thank you. If you are reading this, thank you. You are part of the reason I continue to blog and share my random thoughts, family photos, health updates and business endeavors with the internet world! Here’s to sending you a mega-hug via the interweb!