“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” – Aaron Rose
All work and no rest will never pan out. There needs to be a balance. I've been juggling shooting weddings on the weekend and still working my day job for the past two years. After one year in, I never wanted to go back to my day job or shoot weddings. I was burned out. Completely. I'm really thankful I saw that I was spiraling downward and stopped. Stopped very quickly. Within a matter of hours I said, "No more photography for 2 months." I needed a break before I never picked up a camera again. I turned down more clients than I ever had. At first that was really hard, but after awhile I began to feel the healing. Slowly I began accepting clients again...very slowly as I was very nervous about spiraling downward again.
As of last week I quit my day job to work on my family's farm and start doing more photography. It was incredibly hard to quit, but it was time. I'm so thankful for all the support in quitting this job. So tough, but I did it! And so can you....
This was my 4th wedding I ever shot. The lessons I learned each time I shot were incredible. From small lighting techniques to small positioning of the couple. What a beautiful couple!
This wedding was three years ago and I was getting to co-shoot a wedding for my dear friend, Anja. It was on the Oregon coast, in Manzanita. I remember the rain was pouring incredibly hard and sideways! The bridal party was incredibly adaptable as we embraced the rain and found a spot to do all the wedding portraits! Here are a couple of images from the day! Beautiful couple and absolutely wonderful cake! :-)
I've had some really big personal changes go on in the past couple of years so I've backed off on photography to heal from those changes and to find out which career direction I should head towards. The phrase, "Look back to move forward" has been in my mind all day today. After much thought I decided to pull out my old hard drives from the first weddings that I shot. Going through these has been incredible and remembering what it was like to shoot my first wedding has been a lot of fun!
In the next couple of weeks you will see some of my work and stories from the very beginning! Stay tuned and take a moment to read what is below! :-)