A little less than a year ago, I gave up a wonderful job as Project Coordinator at a local credit union to stay home with our little boy Remington and pursue my photography career further. I had no idea where it would lead our family, but I prayed about the decision for months (and honestly, ran the budget about five trillion times) before I gave my notice. It was difficult to say the least - I loved my co-workers, and honestly, it was the best company (besides my own) that I've ever had the pleasure of working for. Fast forward to a month or so ago, and I received an email from a friend in the Marketing department at the credit union I left - asking if I would be interested in shooting headshots for about 10 employees. I was thrilled when a couple days later I received word that I was officially hired for the job, and began planning the details for the shoot.
I believe God gives us these "full circle moments" because, atleast for me, it's sometimes hard to know if you're on the right path. I pray and listen. Pray and wait. And I get wishy washy, wondering if I'm doing a good enough job of balancing this motherhood thing with the photographer thing. But doors have continued to open, and even when things don't seem to be going the way I want them to, I can see that God is in control and I really have nothing to worry about. One of the Bible memory verses I've been working on with Remy is Proverbs 3:5, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding". This verse has become so real to me.
You see, even if I never booked one more session, God has given me this gift of capturing incredible life moments in photos, and that's something I will cherish forever. Through it all, He has been by my side, and it's as if he's whispering "Stop worrying, just trust me".
That's exactly how I feel - that God gave me a passion, and then gave me the desire to make it into a career.
I am so grateful to my hardworking husband, each of my family members, our friends, and my amazing clients for your support. For hiring me before I mastered Manual mode or even proper focus in my photos. For believing in me when I wasn't even sure I believed in myself. And for praying for me as I continue to follow this passion. I love you all.
With heartfelt thanks, Elyse