It was 5 years ago. I was living in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a year while working for the Navigators at UNM. Although the year was an incredible experience, I knew it wasn’t what I was made to do. Deep down, I knew I would never be satisfied with any career other than wedding photography. I had a notebook full of all my research about how to start up a business and how to photograph weddings, and I was filled with unstoppable ambition. I began pouring all my free time into learning how to master my camera, while studying how to pose couples and use light effectively. I had no idea what the future would hold, but I knew this was my dream. I decided to start up my business in Des Moines, close to the hometown where I grew up. I signed up for the Melissa Jill workshop that spring (I believe it was her very first one!), and by God’s grace booked my first three weddings for that spring and summer!
Fast forward five years, and here I am today! Oh, if only I could have known where I would be headed with those initial aspirations! I’ve had the amazing privilege of getting to know and photographing 77 couples throughout their engagement and on their wedding day. “Blessed” feels like an inadequate word to describe how it feels looking back over these past five years! Starting a business is such hard, yet rewarding work, and in those early weeks and months of deciding to go down this career path, I would have never dreamed it would take me this far! It’s been an amazing journey of learning about myself, my creative style, what fires me up, and all the nitty-gritty of running a business. I’ve met so many incredible people along the way – my couples as well as other photographers and wedding professionals. I am so thankful for that year away in Albuquerque, when my passion for photography and weddings was made clear to me!
I’d like to invite you to join me in celebration by offering a GIVEAWAY!! I am giving away a one-hour portrait session in the Kansas City area! This can be either a family lifestyle session, where I will come to your home to photograph your expectant belly, your newborn baby, your family of four, whatever fits your season of life…OR an engagement session! This free session will include digital files of your five favorite images from the shoot. There are three ways to enter this drawing:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post
2. Follow me on Instagram and share my photo about the giveaway using the hashtag #AMPgiveaway
3. Like my page on facebook and share my photo about the giveaway using the hashtag #AMPgiveaway
I will use a random generator to choose a winner on Monday morning!