In a previous post I talked about our goals for 2014 and how much we are looking forward to all this year has in store for our family and our business. Not long after that post, I signed up for a one-day workshop/group mentoring session with two really inspiring photographers located in CT, Justin & Mary Photography. To say I was excited was an understatement! I was pumped to learn, be challenged, grow, meet other photographers and build friendships. The day of the workshop had come and my stomach was not feeling quite right. It didn’t hit me until the ride down and I was tempted to turn around and go home, but I just couldn’t. I had to push through, no way was I going to miss this one-day workshop! I arrived and settled in, but as time passed I felt weak and feverish. At our break for lunch I approached Justin and Mary and explained I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t think I’d be able to make the drive back home. They offered a place for me to lay down and I called my mom (Brian was out of town) to come get me. As I waited upstairs, feeling miserable, I wanted to burst into tears. I couldn’t understand why something I was so looking forward to had been taken away from me. It was frustrating knowing what I was missing in the next room over. I knew at that point that I had two options and had to make a choice. I could either sit there and cry it out or I could try to think positively. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and I needed to trust that if God was going to allow for this to be taken from me that he would provide something greater in it’s place. I decided to set my mind on the second way of thinking. My mom arrived with a friend who drove my car and when I got home I crashed.
The following day I received an email from Mary inviting me back to their home for a couple of hours of one-on-one mentoring to catch up on what I missed. It was thrilling to go back and meet with them again. It was such a great experience for me. We hashed out the nitty-gritty of owning a small business and ended with a website review. I learned a lot, but there was a small part that couldn’t be replaced, the camaraderie between all the workshop attendees. Mary understood this and shared that they were offering a two-day intensive workshop I could sign up for called “Walk Through a Wedding.” She felt it would add to the experience and enhance what I had learned. It didn’t take much convincing, this was an opportunity I knew I couldn’t say no to. In my mind I knew this had to be the better thing that had come along, the thing that God had put in place of what I thought was best and it was, it really in truly was.
The workshop was two full days jam packed of great teaching. Justin and Mary were extremely transparent and shared so much with us. The first day was as if we were actually photographing a real wedding. The theme was “We Heart Kate Spade” and truly lived up to it. From the shimmery, golden bridal gown, to the confetti dusted wedding cake it was a wedding day dream. Not only did I learn a great deal and have so much that I plan to change to make our business better, I got to know some fabulous photographers from all over the country. All of them extremely nice and equally talented. I look forward to keeping up with them and hopefully having the opportunity to see them again at another workshop or conference in the future!
Justin and Mary, I want to thank both of you for all of your hard work and giving of yourselves so that other photographers can grow. Thank you for your ability to not hold back, to be real and to press on towards your goals in such a way that it inspires and moves others to keep going until they achieve theirs. You are wonderful! Something to be looking forward to is a new look for 47 Moments Photography! We are in the midst of a logo re-design and a website/blog overhaul. Get ready for some exciting changes!