When I first started my business I was really young. I thought, oh it’d be super fun to take pictures and maybe I could make some money. Little did I know how much work it actually is to run a successful, profitable business. After 4 years of playing around and telling people I was a photographer but not really knowing what I was doing, I decided it was either time to get serious or let go. It was kind of a turning point in my life. My high school/college boyfriend got back from his mission in August 2014 and we got married November 2014! Crazy, I know. We’re both from a small town in Idaho and we always knew that we wanted to spend forever together. It wasn’t until our wedding day that I realized how much I believed in love and in marriage. Looking back, I always believed in these things, but when I got married it all became so much more real. I am so lucky to be married to a man who tries his best everyday, who loves me no matter what and who always encourages me to keep going in everything.
So, in January of 2015 I started actually investing in my business. I re-branded, changed the name of my business and started to get serious. I got my business license and started going to workshops and styled shoots and started connecting with other photographers in the area. Over the last 4 years I’ve worked so hard to get my business going. I’ve taken classes and sought out advice from other professional photographers on what works and what doesn’t. I’ve spent hours and hours marketing and designing my website, writing blog posts and editing images, and it has not been easy. There have been many times when I’ve thought, I can’t do this. I’m not getting enough business and no one will ever hire me. I’m not good enough, my work isn’t good enough and I don’t stand out. I’m not outgoing enough or fun enough, etc., etc. I’m sure all you creatives out there know exactly what I’m talking about. But every time I get discouraged, I am surrounded by people who believe in me. By family and friends that push me to keep going and by clients who trust me enough to capture the most important day of their lives and it gives me strength and comfort and peace every single time.
And that is why I do what I do. Because I want to encourage YOU. I want YOU and YOUR LOVE to have the BEST MARRIAGE you can because when you get discouraged, I want you to have someone that lifts you up, that encourages you to keep going and that helps you feel loved and at peace. I believe in marriage and I believe that it CAN LAST FOREVER. Not just for now, not just till death, but beyond that. Because love is strong. The strongest ever. True LOVE WILL OVERCOME all and I am a firm believer in that. Because when we selflessly love someone else, it has lasting effects on them and on us. And that’s what I want to do for you. There’s a saying that I love that goes something like this, ‘Be the type of person that because people know you, they also know Christ’. Now, I am not saying I’m perfect by any means because I’M NOT. But I do want you to know that YOU ARE LOVED and I want you to feel Christ’s love through me.