Count Your Many Blessings...
From a photography standpoint, 2015 started off with a bang!
I remember this time last year. I felt like I was a total and complete failure.
No one was calling. No one was scheduling. My camera was collecting dust.
That must mean that I'm really terrible at this and no one wants to do business with me, right??
The truth of the matter is, this is just a slow season for photography. I mean, duh. It's stinking cold outside! Tons of people just had family pictures made in the fall, and we're all broke from Christmas. Why didn't this occur to me?
Well, it didn't occur to me because I was still building my confidence as a photographer. Any little bump in the road could easily knock me down. Fortunately, I like to think I'm past that. I still have my moments. But for the most part, I'm past it.
I understand that this is a business. It will have its ups and downs. I really took the time to appreciate all the business that came my way in the fall of 2014. I thanked God daily for the blessing of supplemental income that my family was fortunate enough to have. I know the holidays are expensive for everyone...but our little one has a late October birthday, followed by his daddy's Christmas birthday. So we have some added expenses during an already expensive time of the year.
So I'll say that again...I'm VERY thankful that my hobby not only brings me joy, but provides for my family as well. The hymn "Count Your Many Blessings" comes to mind here. And I do. I count them all the time. I name them one by one in prayer as I thank God for all of my many blessings.
Recently, one of those blessings was a family of four. The family that brought with them more than just a change of wardrobe.
Felecia contacted me only a short time prior to Christmas. She was interested in a family photo shoot.
Honestly, my heart stopped right about here during our first contact. How in the world can I squeeze her in and get her images finished in time for Christmas???
Luckily, she wasn't asking that of me. Though I'm sure I would have stayed up waaaayyy past my bedtime in an editing frenzy if she had asked me to make it happen. :)
Instead, she wanted to schedule for after the holidays. Family pictures weren't about gift giving for her. It was more than that. She found herself surrounded by a beautiful family that she cares immensely for, and she just wanted it documented. Something to hang over the mantle. Something to make her smile when she walks through the living room.
Well, Felecia didn't realize it but she made me smile that day. With her scheduled shoot, I recognized that my business is growing. I may be taking baby steps to get there... but it's growing. I don't ask people to share my page on Facebook or do big giveaways in exchange for page likes. Every like on my page is out of true interest in my work. That makes me happy.
This time last year, I'm not sure that I had even one scheduled shoot in January. Today, I find myself reflecting on a shoot that's already in the books while looking ahead to a precious baby boy I get to meet and photograph in just a few short days.
So today when I count my blessings, I count Felecia. I count her lovely family. I know she isn't a magical fairy that graced my business and made me super successful. She's just a girl who was looking to have some pictures made. But I do believe that God placed her in my life during the cold, slow month of January for a reason.
He's whispering to me, you're on the right track. Be of good works. Have faith in me.
And I do. Today I thank God for Felecia & her family. I thank God for business in January. I thank God for being ever present in my life.
I'll leave you with some of my favorite images from my shoot with Felecia's family. While you look them over take a minute to count your many blessings. Name them one by one. It might surprise you what the Lord has done. :)
Thanks for the reminder to "Count your many blessings"
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