I love photography. And yes, I'm very sad that I'm moving on from the portrait photography industry. And no, I did not have to close. For the past years since opening my business, I have struggled as all new business owners have, and I have also thrived. Naturally, since deciding to close my business, I am the busiest I've ever been.
However, I no longer feel that photography is holding it's place in my heart like it used to, or at least that I thought it did. I became so wrapped up in the industry and making things work, that I failed to see that my heart was no longer in it. I've loved creating portraits, and I've met a lot of amazing people. While every industry has it's pros and cons, as a human, I desire fulfillment, a career that fits my life and a chance to make a difference.
This last desire is really what started me thinking. I love that as a photographer I have the opportunity to make people feel. They can be moved by the mood, the tones, the art, the way they look- and that is wonderful. Simply taking photos, does not always bring about those feelings unfortunately. Sometimes, taking photos just turns into a session. And a "session, bang, bang, click, pose, walk, turn photographer" is not what I want to be, nor is it what I want from life.
Naturally, I started brainstorming other things that I could do with the life that my husband and created. I've toyed with the idea of a blog forever. I actually had a small one probably about 7 years ago. I had my fun with it, but it lacked direction and I didn't have the passion to keep a blog about really... nothing, going. When a friend challenged me to think about blogging some more recently, it all fell together in a rush.
And The Leading Ladies Collective entered this world with a bang. It's a work in progress, like all new things, but I hope you come to see it and stay to watch it grow. Most of what I loved about working with high school seniors is that voice that I touched on. I am, to be honest, quite an awkward person. I feel that it can often keep me from getting my points across in a social atmosphere. However, I am intuitive to a fault and I write much better than I can speak. The only thing in the way of tripping over my words is brain fog and I have coffee and a thesaurus to battle that.
My vision for The Leading Ladies Collective is to create a place to help uplift young women. It will be filled with inspiration, hard topics, fashion, friendships and hopefully an occasional interview or guest post. I am confident that it will morph until I find my voice, what works and what doesn't, but I welcome the learning curve.
Thank you for following me on this photography journey, and I appreciate the good vibes as I cross to the next.
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