Last year I decided to take a leap of faith and start a small photography business. I didn't know what would come of it, but it was time and it felt right. With most lifestyle photographers and even my friends, photography starts with your kids. I am no different. When my oldest was six months old, my husband and I invested in a new DSLR camera, the NikonD5000 to be exact. I was amazed at the pictures it took. Fast forward 9 months or so, I was able to take it off auto mode and learned how to really "control" my camera. That was a game changer and so eye opening!
Over the next few years I started taking our own family photos and some friends' photos. Some of my friends were being asked who took their pictures...they thought a professional had done it. Wait, a professional? That's when I thought maybe I could actual make something of this photography passion and hobby. The christmas before I started my business, of our holiday cards we received, four of them were pictures I had taken. I thought if my friends like their photos enough to send them out to their family and friends, then maybe, just maybe, it was time to start a business. At that time, I had a lot of encouragement from my husband who again and again would say, "you really need to start something". So I woke up one Monday morning, started a Facebook page, a website and created some business cards. When everything went live, I took a really deep breath.
I've tried to determine when I thought or could consider myself a real professional photographer. That's right, I didn't really consider myself one when I first started this adventure. Over the past six months or so, my work has taken a turn. I have really developed my own style and have seen the progression of my work go from good, really good, and wow I actually captured those images...yes I even surprise myself. There is some beautiful photography out there, some that is really artistic. My style is very laid back, clean & crip and having my subjects look like themselves with just a few enhancements. I want them to be themselves and look like what I see through the viewfinder. So I think I am now at a point where I can say I am a professional photographer. That sounds so strange to me.
It's been a little over a year from when I started this little business and today I have repeat family business, people wanting me to take their photos after seeing my work, I get to capture a wedding this upcoming weekend (enter nerves here), and recently I committed to be a local school's photographer, taking the student's portrait pictures and class photos. This is a HUGE honor. They love my work and my style and trust that I will capture these kids' school milestones for their families.
My goal with starting my business was to be able to invest in my passion by taking courses, getting new props for photo shoots, and adding to my camera bag with new lenses and tools. I've succeeded with all of these and continue to do more.
I have so many to thank for what has happened over the last year. Every comment, text, or in person "your recent photos you posted were so good" has really helped my confidence and self esteem.
I am so proud of how things have gone and I'm really excited to see where Butterfly Kisses Photography by Jennifer goes in the future. Thank you all for going on this journey with me, your support and business really means a lot to me.