Hi everyone! It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged on a regular basis, or at all! So let’s catch up before we talk about stepping out of your comfort zone.
This fall I met myself coming and going! I took on too much and my husband was working long hours to wrap up a huge 2 year project, so life in our house was more than a little crazy from September until Christmas break. Christmas break was such a welcome and wonderful change of pace where we could all slow down and spend time together and focus solely on family! We all needed this break so much so thank you for hanging in their with me while I wasn’t present here on the blog. I have so much from the past few months to share with you and some new things, too!
Recently, I suggested I saw a volunteer opportunity and suggested my son take part to fulfill some of his needed service hours for National Honor Society. It was an activity I knew he enjoyed, but with an unfamiliar group. Wearing my bossy-mom hat, I said “Take a friend and step out of your comfort zone.” He looked at me like he wasn’t sure who I was or if I really just said that.
Merriam-Webster.com defines comfort zone as
1: the temperature range within which one is comfortable
2: the level at which one functions with ease and familiarity
It’s such a part of my life now I almost forgot what a big step outside my comfort zone it was to start this business. Seven years ago began this business to help save for college and still be available for my kids. I gathered up all my courage and launched my business with a plan to sell landscape art on Etsy. I remember all the nerves of making it official and posting my first post on my business Facebook page.
One of my very first business post. Still BEST VACATION EVER and one of my favorite pictures.
It didn’t take long before people started asking me to take pictures of their families. I wasn’t sure portraits were something I could do well, or would even enjoy. In faith, I again worked on “stepping out of your comfort zone. I practiced a lot with my daughter; and headed out to my first portrait session. It was a lot of fun! One family lead to another, and another, and another….. Before I knew it, the focus of my business had changed from art to portraits. Best of all, I was having a great time!
I could not have made this business happen without her willingness to let me practice on her. Over and over and over…. Thank you so much!!!!
Some families, some back-to-school kid sessions and lots of seniors! Then the senior session that lead to a wedding!!! I will forever be grateful to the family that entrusted their wedding to me to be my first! I completely fell in love with wedding photography! Since that first wedding I’ve invested in a lot in wedding photography education. I’ve spent time learning lighting, posing, editing, all things wedding photography!
Absolutely AMAZING senior session!!!!
My first wedding, older sister of senior above. So much fun, love and joy! Thank you so much for trusting me!!!!
One things I haven’t spent time learning is how to run a business. Until now! This year I am taking a year long business class! Almost three weeks into the class and it’s been fun, exciting and scary. Stepping out of my comfort zone scary. This month the course goal is to begin working on putting more of you into your business. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ve seen a bit of this. So this year I will be trying to share more of who I am in my business. Putting a face to the lady behind the lens, and a bit of what I enjoy and what makes me, me.
I just have to give a huge shout out to a couple very special young ladies! I’ve known both for years and both asked me to shoot their weddings with in the last couple of weeks. The fact that they know me well and both said almost the exact same thing, makes this sharing of me a little less scary. Yes, I teared up, both times….
“Your work is beautiful, and I couldn’t imagine anyone else photographing our wedding day!” -Sara
“You did such a wonderful job on my graduation pictures and family picture that I couldn’t imagine anyone else capturing our special day.” – Autumn
This is me! Photo credit to my son!
Maybe you can’t wait for the next adventure and jump in with both feet. Or maybe you pray about it, take your time. Either way know when you step out of your comfort zone it can be one of the best experiences you’ve ever had!