At the beginning of the new year, there were a lot of then and now posts going around, like the “Ten Year Challenge.” People were posting photos of themselves from 2009 next to a photo of them in 2019 to see how much they had changed. Of course everyone looks a little different after ten years, but it’s fun to reflect on where we were ten years ago. What were our dreams and goals, what was life like? How are things different than what we thought they would be? I can tell you for sure that ten years ago I had no idea that I would become a wedding photographer! I truly had no idea where I would be or what I would be doing today.
As I’ve reflected on how far I have come personally, I thought it would be fun to see how far my business has come since the start back in 2016! In 2016 I purchased my very first DSLR and began taking photography classes at BYU-Idaho. I started in the spring, applying and practicing my new knowledge on friends and family, and that eventually lead me to photographing my first two weddings in the summer! Since then I have worked hard at mastering my craft by attending workshops, investing in education, second shooting, and growing my own clientele and shooting every single week no matter what. As I look back on these photos, I can’t help but feel so grateful for my family and friends who have supported me along the way. And it’s a little bit of a confidence boost… I know as photographers we can be so harsh and critical towards our own work. So I encourage you to do the same and look at how far you have come! And if you’re not a photographer, I encourage you to look back at whatever is important to you in your life to see your growth. I promise it will make you feel awesome!
So here they are, a few photos from my very first sessions and weddings in 2016:
And here are a few of my favorite highlights from recent sessions and weddings:
You can do anything you set your mind to! I can’t wait to keep hustling and practicing, so I can see where my images are in another three years from now.
Also, I just want to mention that we all start somewhere and we’re all working towards our goals at our own pace and in our own style. Try not to compare yourself, your work, or your progress to anyone else’s – all that does is hinder your growth and make you feel bad.
You got this.