Everyone tells you in order to be successful, you need to be a niche photographer. So for 9 years off and on, I’ve agonized about what “niche” I truly love. High school seniors? Families? Newborns? All the while, I’ve been photographing everything. Well, not EVERYTHING. But, you know. I’ve done weddings, newborns, seniors, families, engagements, interiors and corporate and model head shots. And I’ve enjoyed them all. Honestly, they’ve paid the bills - because I’m in BUSINESS. At the end of the day, yes, I’m a creative who loves photography, but y’all I’m not doing this for giggles and grins. I’ve joked with friends who ask how transitioning my business from Houston to California has gone, that God seems to be providing manna - enough for today. In an effort to not be like the Israelites and complain about the form my sustenance is taking, I’m choosing gratitude for all the work the Lord has sent my way. But if I had to choose something I know I want to photograph more of this year, it’s in-home lifestyle family sessions. Every time I photograph a family at their home, I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot. I’ve actually gone and done something drastic and updated my website home page. Because, like, that is LOW on the priority list in my life right now - but maybe I should show potential clients what makes me smile inside and out - and maybe they’ll hire me to capture that for them. Either way, success to me is not a niche. Success is enjoying ALL the manna.
In order to come out to her first audition in Los Angeles, Anslee wrote a persuasive essay to her parents as a school assignment telling them all the reasons she should be allowed to pursue her dream of acting. Then she broke it all down for them on a white board with four grids with answers to their reasons why they said no. This girl is nothing if not persistent, and I’m so glad to know her. She’s got a fire in her to pursue the big screen. See more of Anslee’s Los Angeles head shot session including some fun behind the scenes on the blog -- link in profile.
My word for the year is GROW. This year I started a little garden after years of daydreaming about it. I'm being reminded that growth can feel slow, but there are signs that growth is happening - like sprouts, taller plants, and blossoms. When I want the fruit instantly, I have to remember that I'll only produce vegetables if I keep watering and tending. Is there something you want to grow? Don't be discouraged by slow growth, and keep your eyes open for the small signs of progress. Choosing the word 'grow' came from a desire to recognize that growing anything is a gradual process - whether it's my business, my relationships, myself or my garden. As I seek to grow in different areas, I won't be discouraged if I grow slow. #zainyslittlegarden