In the grand scheme of things, I haven't been a photographer for all that long. 2018 marks 4 official years and I have been so blessed to be on this journey for that long. With that being said, we all know what busy season is in our field, For photographers, it's October-November and it gets a little out of hand. My husband dreads that time of year because I'm not pleasant to be around. I hide with my nose in my laptop editing all day and all night. I'm on the phone and meeting with clients and shooting until there's no sun left. The money's great, the scenery is great, but myself... ehhh... not so much.
Well, 2017 was a little bit different. I don't think busy season really had a start or an end. From the beginning of the summer up until the middle of December, I was shooting AT LEAST 5 days a week and sometimes 2-3 sessions a day. I didn't ever say no. I gained a ton of weight, I fought with my husband constantly, and it showed in my work. I felt as though I was showing up and just being a bystander to my own main event. This wasn't what it was supposed to be when we started out. I kept telling myself I was living the dream I wanted... but in reality, it was turning into a nightmare.
I look back on this work and reflect on my growth. Last year, my work changed A LOT. It got A LOT better but it missed one important thing- and that was my soul. When I started this thing, I was wanting to work for free and I put so much love into every piece that I captured. I found myself rushing and no longer being as personal as I wanted to be.
I refuse to let that happen again. I want my work to be an extension of myself. I want people to see my work and say "yep that's Courtney's". I want clients to feel unique & appreciated, Startingggggg now.
What are some important traits you look for in a photographer?