Where do I begin? 2016 was a roller coaster!! Halfway through the year I decided to drop what I was doing in my photography and try something new.
The idea was planted when I started running a network of photographers and met some professionals who specialized in boudoir. I knew I loved the genre, but at first I wasn't sure if I could do it.
Then I went and had my own boudoir photoshoot done by a colleague, and I was BLOWN AWAY! Not just by the photographer or the resulting photos, but by me! I came out of my shell in a way that surprised a lot of people, including myself. I found a new layer of confidence I didn't know I had. For the first time ever, I could truly see myself! And I got the boudoir bug. I HAD to share this experience with other women.
Because we all have insecurities and doubt ourselves, and we all DESERVE to let that go and see ourselves differently.
I started growing a wonderful community in my VIP group, and doing more and more photoshoots... and I haven't looked back! I've known for a long time that I want to take this full time, and grow what we have here even more.
But I've been waiting, and waiting, and waiting... because I'm not "ready" - I still have sizable student debt and a car payment, and now I have a wedding to worry about this year!! But then I realized that I may never be ready. Life is going to continue throwing things at me, and there will always be fear-based excuses to hide behind.
Thanks to my sweet friend Jen for sharing this image with me. Fear is a liar. It's time to cultivate confidence and dedicate REAL time to building something bigger and better than myself.
And to do that, I had to let go of my security blanket. Yesterday I handed in my resignation at my day job. I'm freaking scared, ladies. I'm not just scared, I'm terrified! But NOTHING worth doing ever comes without some fear attached. That's what I'm trying to teach you all, so it's time for me to leap!! And whenever I feel afraid, I will remind myself that fear is a liar. And fear does not own me!!
February 3rd is my last day at the plant. The following week I will be in Las Vegas to grow as a boudoir photographer and business owner. The week after that, my dream job will become a reality and I will be running Sincerely You Portraits FULL TIME!
And now I must ask you all a favor.. it's a small one! Please send positive vibes my way!! I'm gonna need it! And if you have a moment, add a friend to the community who might need a push in the direction of self love!! <3
I can't wait to see what 2017 has to offer!