“How you love, serve or inspire other people in your life, and what attending the workshop might mean for your photography journey.”
A loaded question. Not being a writer, I have no idea where to begin. My photography journey started a lot like my personal walk with God. I grew up in the church and never really had that “ah ha” moment some have when they come to Christ. I’ve never had a particularly “hard” life, no major sickness, no abuse, no struggles. I professed my faith publicly when I was 12, not looking back. Of course, there have been peaks and valleys, ups and downs, but I have always felt God holding my hand, leading me. My business started the same way, I kind of fell into it. I started small, learning as much as I could along the way. We had a baby boy in 2002 and I started my business officially that year. I also worked full time at a doctor’s office until we received the shock of our lives and found out we were having twin boys in 2007! After the twins, I went back to the doctor’s office part-time and continued photography. I also branched out into wedding photography, something I told myself I would never do, but actually have a real passion for. I finally saved up enough money to buy my dream camera and just quit my “real” job in January to commit myself full time to wedding photography and my family.
I’ve been watching Amy’s blog for a few years now and have been a huge fan. Her story inspires me with each new post. I have always wanted to attend a workshop, but living paycheck to paycheck, there is no way I could afford a seat. So as much as I hate writing and tooting my own horn, I knew I had to try to win this workshop seat! The opportunity to learn from one of the great Christian women in this industry would not only give me a boost of confidence, but I believe it would allow me to pay it forward and hopefully inspire and help another fellow beginning photographer.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” James 1:17 Most people who know me know that I am pretty outgoing. I like to talk, meet new people and socialize. Lately, I feel like the Lord has been telling me to trust Him, in all areas of my life. Trust He will provide. Trust He has a plan for my life. Trust He will help me make it through the day when my kids are screaming. Trust He will help me reach others and bring them to Him, that He will help me see those opportunities around every corner. Trust He will allow me to somehow inspire others with my photos. What I am reminded of every day is that it is only because of Him that I have this gift, only because of His grace that I am even here to try to inspire others. My prayer every morning is that God will be pleased with me, that my family will be inspired to seek God and know Him by my example, and that my clients will be able to see His “heavenly light” shining out of me, that little something that sets me apart from all the other photographers they could hire. Because in the end, the only thing that really sets me apart from the next photographer is “me.”