First let me start by saying God is good! This business was simply a dream of mine that I truly never thought would become my reality. I have been in love with photographs my whole life. I always carried around a disposable camera and posed my toys for shoots, with blanket backdrops and props even. I've also been obsessed with weddings since I can remember. I use to think I would become a wedding planner, but wedding photographer is perfect! I did my first "shoot" 8 years ago for my sisters 1 year cake smash after really falling in love with the art in high school, and I haven't stopped since! Each year has been full of growth and milestones that I am blessed to be celebrating!
During college I booked my first paid shoot and right away knew this was something my heart and soul longed to do but I didn't think I could actually do it. I went from a teaching degree to a BBA in Marketing. I figured I would end up doing graphic design or something else marketing related, but I NEVER thought photography would be something I could do full time. I assumed and accepted that it would be my occasional weekend gig for the rest of time. During my senior year of college I was interning in a "marketing" position and quickly realized the office life was NOT for me! I was at a loss as to what I was going to do once I graduated because I wasn't thrilled with anything marketing related I had done. After applying for who knows how many marketing positions, I prayed God would reveal his plan for me. What was God's plan for my life? What was I supposed to be doing? Where is this life taking me? Is there a job out there for me? I opened up my bible and began reading and the devotional on the page I opened up to was called "Guard Your Calling". My eyes welled with tears as I read and I knew immediately it was time to take the leap of faith I had been avoiding and go full force for growing a photography business that would be my full time career. It is my calling. It is where God was guiding me. But I had to do it with God at the forefront of it all. This lead to one of the hardest conversations I would have to have with my now husband, fiance at the time. I wouldn't be able to have another job while growing this business, so it was important that he was supportive and knew all of the risks we would be taking and sacrifices he would have to make for me to do this. To my surprise, he was supportive and said we would go for it and re-evaluate the decision each year and really decide after three years if it was growing or not. This brings us here....three years later!!! I am beyond blessed to say we obviously don't need to re-evaluate anything because here I am, crushing my dreams and growing more than I ever imagined would be possible. All thanks to God.
This has not been an easy three years though. They have been the absolute hardest years of my life so far. I was only 22 years old when I decided to start this company. I don't know if you remember being 22 or are 22, but you don't really know who you are or what your place in society is. You are just a baby bird who barely learned how to fly. I didn't have any guidelines on what I was doing, and honestly still really don't know what I am doing, but it's working, so I keep going!!! The only thing I know is I have a passion for the art of photography and capturing the beauty of this world God has placed before us. I have a passion for breaking people out of their norms and stepping out of their comfort zones to be vulnerable in revealing a little piece of their souls. WHO they are, not what they are. I don't choose photography to make people look picture perfect, I choose it to capture real moments that create memories you will cherish for a lifetime. We are all simply humans with souls. We aren't picture perfect, though social media makes us feel like we have to be. We have flaws, every single one of us. What I do breaks you away from needing to LOOK picture perfect and allows me to capture who you are deeper than your skin.
The last three years have taught me that life is not a competition. We aren't in a race where fame and fortune is the finish line. We are each on our own journey and this one is mine. Capturing milestones on your journey is what I love to do most. Find what you love to do most and go for it. Have faith. Trust in God's plan for your life. Pray about it. You are not racing anyone. You cannot grow in comfort zones. You will never know if you can succeed if you never try.
I couldn't have and still can't grow without the continued support of my clients who put their trust in my passion over and over again for all of their moments. My Rayne Makers are the absolute best and I am so thankful to call them my family. I have met so many amazing souls on this wild dream chase and I am thankful for each of them.
I am continuing to grow and learn more about photography and connecting with humans as I go. I am not perfect. I am not the best. I cannot guarantee perfection. I make mistakes. I fail, but I get back up and keep going. I love what I do and I have fun doing it. I wouldn't trade this life for anything. I am so excited and so blessed for all of the moments that will be captured and have been captured. God is good.