Y’all, this is just something I have to get out! I slip into these horrible self-pitying and degrading funks sometimes because I am SOOOOOOO driven to succeed, succeed, succeed and accomplish constantly to the point where if I don’t have a session for more than a week, week and a half, I feel LOST. I want the practice, the work, the editing time, the experience. Like Justin & Mary said, we wear busy like a badge of honor. BUT it’s the work…the work work work………that makes it worth it. The work that tells a story for your clients. It is NOT about us and if we think it’s about us we are doing it wrong. This is about our clients.

If I have to practice on a $12 bouquet from Harris Teeter in my house and then outside, comparing the light and settings..if I have to shoot my wedding rings for the 1000th time with my macro, if I have to pick up a wedding magazine and look through, finding NEW ways to shoot details on weddings days…THIS IS OKAY! I don’t have to always be hired and shooting to be successful and bettering my self and my business. I love learning and growing and I’m finding myself watching my J* tutorials, reading a small business book for dummies and studying aperture, ISO, etc online just for fun JUST to have something ELSE a little more outside literally going and shoot someone I have been hired by.

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The day I only pick up the camera to go to a shoot or wedding is the day I know I have fallen out of love with photography. If y’all could see some of the ridiculous things (besides Cammy hahah) that I take pictures of, you’d definitely brand the biggest nerd in school.

I also have to realize………..IT’S FEBRUARY. It’s FREEZING! I had 5 engagement sessions in a two week period in December and January and I think it spoiled me a little. I think those couples really got me ready for wedding season which for me, doesn’t start until April- but when it starts it gets rolling fast right away with three weddings that month!!

Another thing? We can all be real here. NUMBER of weddings booked. Gosh, first I’m a Katelyn James quoting machine and now it’s J+M but the point is…they are all right and totally know what they’re talking about. That’s why I am about to keep it very real here with something I learned at the Justin & Mary What’s Next Tour. I have cried so many times this year thinking about how many weddings I want to book and how I didn’t have my goal number reached before the New Year. Now……let’s ask ourselves. What’s with the needing a certain number? Hold on…is that why we fell in love with photography? To fill a quota? Did we invest tons of money, our hearts and our souls into photography because we wanted to be able to say we have X amount of weddings booked? Well, that’s definitely not why I started.

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HECK no. I am not filling a quota ANY-MORE-SISTER. Am I grateful that I have 15 booked and 2 pending? YES! That’s amazing!!!!!!! But you know what? This year, finally..after having a baby and being a mess for the first two years (with amazing gracious clients who made me feel so good about myself and settled for average service, in my eyes) I am sitting down and paying SO much more attention to my couples. To who they are. To what they need. To their wedding day, details, etc. I will never again let my pregnancies, newborn, etc be an excuse. I was new and I know that was the main issue…but this year is already so different. I am REALLY growing as a businesswoman and photographer and I love it.

I have no reason to be in a funk. I woke up this morning, I have a happy healthy family and I am doing AMAZING things with my business. I slipped into EXACTLY what I preach to others to not fall weary to. Sometimes, things slow down. That means you are growing beautifully and steadily. My good friend Megan Garrison knows I don’t rest πŸ˜‰ But, the work makes it worth it..and I don’t even think my business and amount of weddings/sessions/etc constitutes me even being “slow” but that just goes to show you how Type A and fast paced I can be. Everyone— if you are slipping into a funk or feeling discouraged, I am going to be blogging soon some of the things I do to get out of that πŸ™‚ I hope they will helped, but stay tuned this week πŸ™‚

LOOK HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME. On your bad days, LOOK how much you’ve grown.

These people below? They believe in me. Meet my Richmond Q+A attendees — all beautiful, all inspiring ME to do a great job and all have hearts of gold!

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Posted by:amandahedgepeth

Hey there! We're a husband and wife team who has the honor to document inspiring wedding days for the most cheerful couples around. We have three daughters lovingly referred to as the mermaid mafia and we love nothing more than salty beach days, laughing as much as possible and living the simple, good life.

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