If you follow along with my social media pages, then you already know what this "big, bold" decision is. If not--thank you for being here. This post is intended to elaborate on just that ;)
It has not been a secret across close family and friends, but I've struggled--resisted, really--to put it into words and out into the world.
So what is it?
This year I made the decision to no longer shoot weddings.
And let me tell you--it was not an easy decision to come to.
When I think about the relationships I've developed with my brides--sometimes a year or more of planning, emailing, chatting, meeting and sharing in the excitement. When I think about the friends and families I've met; the beautiful locations, the amazing vendors; the delicious foods; the exchange of love-filled words and the very first moment when a couple becomes husband and wife. When I think about all these things, it's hard to say "no". It's hard to think about a business without those moments.
Yet deep down inside me there has been a nagging voice; an undeniable pull I no longer can ignore. As much as I love weddings and all the beautiful things that come with it, my heart is deeply invested in families.
I am a very private person.
I don't share much of my life's experiences publicly. I've always reserved that for my close friends or when I feel like someone can learn and or relate from what I share.
I'm going to step out of my comfort zone here and share some truths with you here.
Anyone that knows me personally, knows I am not one that simply follows tradition. While I respect those that do, I've always done things a little differently.
I started a family before I was married.
In all honesty, I never planned to marry.
And then I met someone that challenged that belief. And we married.
It was never about the wedding.
It was simply about me and my husband-to-be and my immediate family. A very intimate affair.
It was never about the dress, the party, the food or the venue--it was simply about love.
Two people coming together as one.
I am simple, yet practical.
And the most important thing in my life is my family.
Family comes first.
So, to get back to my roots--to what is really true to me & reflecting of my values, I've chosen to focus on families--whatever that looks like.
A Day in "Your" Life.
This is where my heart is. This is where I thrive. And if I direct all my time and energy into what makes my soul shine, it really benefits us all.