Hey y’all! It’s Brittany here! WOW has it been a season!! I don’t know about y’all but between having the most gorgeous spring that we weren’t able to enjoy because of COVID and then seeing all the horrible things on the news concerning riots and racism, it’s a bit overwhelming. But what I honestly just have to put all my faith into God and know that He sees all and there is going to be a brighter future coming.
Speaking of the future and God . . . there’s been some things I’ve been meaning to catch y’all up on before I jump back into business as usual.
At the end of March, I realized that I was running full swing ahead into my business but I honestly didn’t know why I was running my business. And that was a scary thought for me. I felt like the business was controlling my life, rather than me having a business that allowed me to live my life and Darrin saw this too. So he asked that I took a 2-3 week break and just relax (not work!) and find my passion again so that I can be re-inspired.
Wellllllllll, it worked. But what I found was shocking. I realized that the reason I had lost so much of my passion and I wasn’t joyful about my life anymore when it came to the business was because my focus was no longer on God, but just on “being a business” and that’s never why I started. I started this business because I believed that it would be a way for God to reach people through me and I really wanted to go above and beyond in my service to Him.
However, despite all good intentions, I have a business mindset. And as the years crept on, my business mindset got in the way of what God wanted to do with the business. I felt ashamed and I couldn’t believe that I was so far gone from where I started. And as soon as I was in the right mindset again and I had my focus back on Him and I was ready to take another go at the business . . . COVID happened. And at this time Darrin was deemed an essential worker and was pulling 80+ hours a week.
For those of you who don’t know, I struggle with Fibromyalgia. Which is basically over-reactive nerves. So when I’m having a flare up, a simple touch on my arm feels like someone is forcefully grabbing me and purposely trying to leave a bruise. My joints pop out of place constantly and I live with a constant ache that is interrupted periodically by shooting nerve pain. But with fibromyalgia, comes a weakened immune system. So I was one of those “high-risk” people dealing with COVID, so I was housebound in an attempt to keep from getting sick. But I still manage to get sick.
I had to be tested for covid and thankfully the test results came back negative but every other test came back negative as well. I was on bed rest unable to move for 2.5 weeks and was in the worst pain of my life, and that’s saying something considering I have had meningitis, and that I live with pain on a daily basis.
Slowly but surly I regained my strength, and since we were in lockdown and I wasn’t able to shoot, I decided to do something I hadn’t done in a long time and invest back into myself and the business. Signed up for several courses that would help me reignite my passion for photography and serving others – one of those was a group coaching with the amazing Shauna and Jordon Photography!
Up until this point, I have been unable to take sessions due to me being a high-risk individual and restrictions put in place for businesses but I am SO happy to be able to tell you that I will be shooting again starting June 1st!!! I’m currently taking bookings for intimate elopements and senior and couples portraits! If you’re interested in booking, CLICK HERE!
Speaking of Seniors!!! Before all of this happened, I had just opened my Senior Spokesmodel applications for 2021, however, I know that a lot of families are struggling financially and a lot of upcoming seniors were worried about committing to a year on a modeling team when there was so much unknown. SO over the next couple weeks, I will also be re-launching applications for 2021 seniors and it will be at a discounted rate to allow as many students as possible to be able to apply!! If you’ve already applied, there’s no reason to re-apply, the discount will apply to you as well and I still have your application on file!
But before I move completely onto 2021 seniors, I just wanted to be able to love on and serve all the 2020 seniors one more time. I will be giving away at least 4 free 2020 senior sessions and the best part??? You can bring up to 4 friends with you at no additional cost!!! I have limited spots available for these senior sessions, so If you’d like to be considered for a spot, click the link here to fill out the form!!
For all my Brides and Couples… Even though I would love to serve as many people as possible, the reality is, that I can only take on so much before it starts to hinder your experience because I’m so exhausted. With that in mind,I will no longer be taking full weddings for the 2021 season due to changes in my husband’s schedule and my fibromyalgia.
However, I am EXCITED to announce that coming in late fall, I will be able to take on limited intimate weddings/elopements so I can still serve brides!! And there’s something AMAZING in the works that will be perfect for brides!!! Hint: I’m currently in the process of renovating my in-home studio and the new service I am going to be offering is perfect for brides wanting to gift their man a little something special!
Lastly, I would like to thank all of y’all so much for all your love and support and I’m so happy to be back and for all the amazing things to come! If you have any questions about what’s been going on, any of my services or anything else entirely, feel free to drop a comment or you can fill out my contact form and message me directly!
May 29, 2020