Let’s Start from the Beginning!

In Blog, Lifestyle, Weddings by Shayla

I decided my first blog post of 2018 would be about how I got started on this amazing path! This coming March, I will have been a wedding and lifestyle photographer for 8 years!! I can’t believe it! I feel like time is just melting away! When I started photography, truth be told, I did not have formal training. My mom was a wedding photographer in her college years, so I learned the craft from her, and also developed my natural ‘eye’ for it. As the years have gone on, I have continued my education through online tutorials and books, seminars, and workshops. I really love learning new techniques because photography, like many professions, is ever-changing! Which is the best part in my opinion! What I am learning today, may be ancient history in 20 years with the way technology is evolving! Taking the leap from being a part-time photographer to full-time photographer was hard. Leaving a 9-5 day job, steady paycheck, it was a tough decision, but I have never looked back, even in the slow months! Working from home has allowed me to become a mom (almost 2 years ago)! And being a working, stay-at-home mom is the most rewarding career ever! I am able to spend time with my baby (even though she’s a curious and rambunctious almost 2 year old, she will always be my baby) is the best part of it all! Although being a business owner has many perks, it definitely has its disadvantages too: deadlines, taxes, insurance, late nights… but I still wouldn’t trade it for the world! This job has taught me so much and I feel truly blessed each and every day to work with such amazing clients who truly appreciate my work and talent! Cheers to 2018 and more blogging! xoxo