Wanna hop in my time machine, real quick? Okay, buckle up.
Let's rewind to the Spring of 2013. I had a busy three-year-old and an infant. My life felt full in so many ways, but the artist in my heart... well, she was kicking her feet around and making a stink.
I tried to squelch her with thoughts like:
"I'm a stay-at-home Mom, it would be selfish to put my desires first."
"We don't have the kind of money for me to invest in building a business. That would be reckless."
"There's no lack of talent around here, I mean - isn't everybody a photographer?!"
Oh wow, my psyche can play some serious mind games. And not to mention the loads of guilt about ALL. THE. THINGS. if I even toyed with the idea of starting a business. Whew!
Still in that time machine? Cool, let's keep moving.
Fast forward to Summer of 2013. My sweet husband and friends were cheering me on about sticking my toes in the proverbial pond. I was ready to start photographing families and building the "portfolio" that all the websites said I had to do first. Um, okay. But - how?!
Friend, let me be real. IF, a local photographer had offered a workshop where I could:
- Learn some easy tips for managing a family session
- Practice that 'unposed' lifestyle look I was obsessed with
- AND give me insight on editing in Lightroom
I would have been ALL over it. Sign me UP! But, when I looked around, there wasn't a soul offering something for me as a newbie family photographer. I could travel to the west coast or to a big, expensive conference - but there was no way I could afford that in the beginning.
So, after years now of specializing in families, I decided it was time to create it myself. A workshop for that 2013 Erin who was desperate to learn and grow as a family photographer!
Can you relate to that fire in your heart? Photographing the love and connection in a family is a HUGE gift. You are documenting their current season of life, with all the beautifully imperfect moments. It's not something I take lightly and it continues to light my soul up!
If this connects with you, I'd love for you to attend The Art of Imperfect on Saturday, September 30th in Virginia Beach. Click the button below for ALL the details. Can't wait to see you! :)
Have a few questions about the workshop? No problem, let's chat!