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How I Quit My Job and Went Full Time

February 22, 2016

Tips for Going Full Time In Photography


Tips for Going Full Time In Photography

I can’t tell you how many times a month I get asked the question, “How did you know when you were ready to quit your job and go full time?”. It is an awesome (but totally scary!) question to ponder!

I was a server for 12 years,12 years!!! Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, and secretly miss it ALOT, but I needed to pursue my first love – Photography. I remember being at work, talking with my close friend who was also a creative and wanted to go full-time. I remember one day she came to me and said, ” I’m quitting.” My jaw dropped and I thought, “WOW she’s really doing it!”. She went on to become a yoga instructor, a massage therapist, ANNND owns her own store. Well months later, she was doing fine and didn’t live in a box (my biggest fear of quitting), so I thought – maybe I can do this too. With the encouragement from my husband, I put in my two weeks notice and I was off to be my own boss. I think this is something that ANYONE can do, there just needs to be a plan of action; don’t just drop it like its hot (your job, that is).

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In the months leading up to my departure date I did everything I could to book weddings. I made sure I had weddings throughout the year. Not only weddings, but I was making sure I had every TYPE of photography job booked ; Weddings, families, head shots, babies etc. I wasn’t going to go into this without income coming in & if I didn’t have enough weddings, you better believe I was going to be shooting something.

PRAY ALOT – I’m not kidding.

This sounds silly, but honestly He’s in control and we aren’t. Even though I was about to get married and would have the support of my amazing husband, that still didn’t mean we were financially stable. I needed to be bringing in my half so I was a little nervous for this leap of faith. God gave me this passion and desire so I KNEW He would provide. I expected God’s provision and constantly kept my thoughts positive.  I was scared out of my mind. Questions like “Will I make enough? Is this really from God? Should I really do this?” constantly swarmed my mind but I had to dismiss those immediately.  I wasn’t letting negative get into this pretty little mind!


During my first day at home, I didn’t really know what to do with myself. I DID, however, know not to let time go to waste – – I had to hustle. I was my own boss and I had to utilize every second to make this business happen. I posted all over social media marketing myself, I contacted other vendors, I blogged, I educated myself; I learned how to own my own business.

Today I’m going into my third wedding season (woohoo!) and still learning. Learning is a process, so is giving yourself grace. As a business owner I mess up all the time but I have to remember no one turns into an expert overnight. I’m still tweaking things and learning new ways of how to operate, but man it’s a good feeling to know I did it. I conquered my fears and started my own business. You can do it too!!!

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I see the beauty in imperfect things. As a Christ-follower, faith is central to my life, work, and connections. I am fueled by joy, known for my bubbly and sunny disposition, and always with a warm hug. Imperfect beauty inspires my love for all things vintage, abstract art, and real love stories. I love moments full of grit and emotion; life off the beaten path; stunning views along the shore; and the juxtaposition of New York grunge and laid back Cali-vibe. 

As a mother of two, I am very familiar with how quickly life’s most important moments fly by too quickly. I will calmly and seamlessly guide you through frames that will endure. I strive to capture your memories with one-of-a-kind images full of meaning. I cannot wait to connect with you! 

I bring all of these elements to my time with my couples. With over a decade of experience in the industry, I know how to gently guide you through poses that are natural and beautiful. The transition into this sentence doesn’t make sense. Throughout your day, you will feel the love from those there to celebrate
 you two. 
When I’m not photographing weddings, I enjoy long walks in the neighborhood with my husband, my kiddos Tuxie and Sunny, and my labradoodle Hokie.. Also, I am a huge dog-lover! I’m pretty sure heaven is full of dogs. I can’t wait to connect with you, and yes, your pup is always welcome here! 


Tips for Going Full Time In Photography
Tips for Going Full Time In Photography
Tips for Going Full Time In Photography
Tips for Going Full Time In Photography

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How I Quit My Job and Went Full Time

How I Quit My Job and Went Full Time

How I Quit My Job and Went Full Time

How I Quit My Job and Went Full Time

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