Welcome to the new More Sugar Than Spice!
It’s hard to believe that this is all happening, since the idea of getting paid to do what I love seems foreign to me.Â In the past, I was paid to do what I was good at… and as a result, I never really enjoyed most parts of my job.Â But, the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom, and a photographer?Â That’s almost more than this little old lady can handle.
This journey began years ago for me when I decided to start a blog so I could document the good, the bad and the ugly in an effort to preserve moments in our lives that I never wanted to forget.Â Over time, I realized that part of that preservation included my photos.Â I always carry a camera, and it wasn’t too long ago that my photography become somewhat of an obsession.
I began reading everything I could online about traditional photography.Â I played with my camera settings and really got to know the ins and outs of what I love.Â I convinced my friends I just had to take hundreds (okay you are right – thousands) of pictures of their families.Â Many nights were spent grilling Daddy to share tips and tricks since his BA is in Fine Arts and photography was a large part of obtaining his degree.Â I began stalking user groups and using Photoshop on everything.Â It wasn’t long before I realized the more I sought after knowledge about photography, the more I wanted.Â I had found a new gift from God.
Then one day, I felt a nudge to do more.Â To invest more.Â To see where this gift could take me… but more importantly, the nudge to pursue the ride I’d be on while getting from point A to point B.Â And even though the ride has just begun, I’ve already put my hands in the air and I can feel the rush of excitement that comes from overcoming fear.
Leading up to this point I had been afraid: What if people don’t like my work?Â What if the business does not do well? What if all of my time and effort turns out to be a waste?
Then, it became clear to me that I was focused on the nitty-gritty of owning a business, instead of looking at the whole reason I started all of this in the first place: The people.Â My family or yours – it makes no difference to me.Â I am completely in love with the essence of families. I love to see how they interact, and I adore seeing not just the good, but everything that comes with knowing and loving other people.
It was then that I realized that it was time for me to take the plunge, and really pursue the family dynamics that I love, and capture it all. Â Families that are like mine, and nothing like mine.Â Families that do things that I have never even heard of. Embrace it all.
And at the end of the journey, I can’t wait to say I was able to focus on More Sugar Than Spice.