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Friday, January 6, 2012

What am I doing? Where am I going?

As I sit here trying to figure out what project to work on next out of the 10+ I have waiting, I see my husband Aaron sleeping on the couch. He fell asleep waiting for me to finish what I was working on. I kept saying " Just a few more minutes, Im almost done." Seems like this has been my life for the last 6 months.

It all started in 2011. I was beginning to reap all of the sowing I did in my first year! I was getting job after job after job! It didn't matter what it was, I would take it on! From weddings to real estate to design to seniors to families to newborns to promotions...well everything! I was learning so much, meeting so many amazing people, amazing photographers, friends BUT I was losing my drive and inspiration! I don't know why but I just wanted to please everyone. When emails would come in I would find a slot no matter how busy I was, I didn't want to let anyone down. I hadn't even touched my blog since September! I had to try and be Super Woman and shoot everyday, literally! I had little time for God, my family, my husband, my friends, myself. It had been tearing me apart not being able to work on one project at a time and put the effort I need to in it. I had emails that would sit for days unanswered. What I was doing was not helping me or my clients. Something had to change so here goes...

As of January 2012, I am slowing down to re-evaluate where I need to go. 
First things first: I want to shoot what I love. The way I found this out is I looked at what gives me the most joy! It is literally hands down KIDS! I love little kids. I mean LOVE little chubby cheeks, messy faces, crazy hair, giggling kids! I can't even get over it! I love their little voices, big eyes and unending energy! This is my first LOVE! I will be dedicating most of my time to them. 
My second love is couples. Whether it be an engagement or a wedding, I just love getting two people who love eachother, together. Its so funny to see how two people can be when you turn a camera on them and let them be themselves! It creates the best moments and genuine emotion.
My last love is a tie. I love shooting seniors and boudoir just about exactly the same. Getting someone to pose in a way that is flattering to their body is the same to me in any setting. I have found that I have a little bit of a nack in this area. I don't know why but I haven't struggled as much with it so Im not complaining! I may have to set up a separate business just for my Boudior only because it has been more popular than I would have ever imagined.

Wow really? I actually might get a real grown up web site? I can't even believe I have gone this long without one. But with the craziness that was 2011, I thought, "If it ain't broken, don't fix it". As I gear up for a great year I owe it to everyone who I have photographed along with my friends and family to showcase them in a proper way! 

I know. As a client you never want to hear that, however, I have to be able to slow down and get back to that service that I truly want to give. I am planning on giving much more than a disc and a "See ya next time". I hate that! I am planning on scouting some pretty amazing places somewhat off the beaten path. A session will be planned out more than a day or 2 before. I want that week to be dedicated to a client and preparing for the session. Again, service.

I am so excited to share with you my journey this year, which means more blogging. I want to let people know who I am, not just as a photographer but as Annie. 
I pray that 2012 is a wonderful year!
So the journey begins....


  1. Nice, Annie! You are the greatest and we feel fortunate you are part of our lives!

  2. As always I'm so proud of you! You do amazing work and we are so fortunate that you are our family photographer:) Steph is looking forward to doing some baby pictures with just Ivy this spring. Your work is on display through out our house and that of our families. We love you so much and can't wait to see what you do in 2012!!


  3. So awesome Annie May! It's gonna be an exciting year my friend :)


  4. Good for you Annie! You really do have a nack for Boudiour! You make such an uncomfortable situation, feel amazing, and beautiful. So glad to hear!