For most of my working years, I’ve held two jobs at a time. Both of my parents are dedicated hard workers, which helped me develop a strong work ethic at a young age. As much as I appreciate the down time, I often feel that if I have free time I should be working and
making money.

As I’ve been building my photography business for the past four years, I’ve also been working a corporate job at JPMorgan Chase. It started as a part-time gig and slowly turned into a full-time management position. Within a year, I went from working 15-25 hours a week to 40. The consistent pay was ideal, especially during my slow seasons. I soon found myself sucked back into the 40-hour workweek and trying to balance photographing weddings on the weekends and fitting in sessions during the week.

This year has been full of goals, dreams and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I soon realized that achieving my goals wasn’t going to be possible if I continued to split my time and work every waking hour. At the end of the day, I wasn’t committing to both jobs 100% and I was horrible at balancing my time. I needed to eliminate something from my day that would allow me to chase my dreams and better
serve my clients.

As I sat in on a morning meeting at Chase, I found myself questioning why I was there. Why I continued to work every holiday and every Sunday following a wedding. Why I was running myself thin. I asked myself over and over – what was there to gain from staying? Immediately after that meeting, I knew I would be leaving Chase for good. It wasn’t an easy decision but the weight that was lifted from my shoulders at that very moment is one that I’ll never forget. I was afraid to let go. Afraid of failing.

It’s been a little over two years since I left Chase. As I continue to find inspiration, balance in my daily life and push myself to attain my goals and dreams, I’m reminded how lucky I am to have an incredibly supportive husband and amazing clients. The past year has been extremely busy and there’s a lot of beauty that is going to grace this blog. Here’s a sneak peek of what I’ve been up to:

Celebrating Eric and Amanda's romantic New Years Eve wedding.

Capturing Emily and Kyle's Christmas style wedding at St. Joseph's Cathedral and The State House.