Hey all! I haven't written any blogs lately... or should I say this year (2022). I found myself wanting to step back from the photography career and let my clients find me quietly with zero advertising or content. I stopped booking weddings after May of last year and here I am in mid- march still trying to decide on if I am seriously ready to call it quits. The burnout of this job has gotten to me and I don't know if all the advertising, hustling, fight, etc. is worth it. But at the same time, I am missing my brides and the job itself, so I decided to write a little blog and let you all know what I have been up to.
We won "GEORGIAS BEST" for 2021. Winners were announced in late December. I am super happy and proud of that! I struggled with taking a step back because of that win but knew in my heart, I needed to in order for me to find the passion in it again.
We also had an article written about us in April from "VOYAGE MAGIZINE" in Atlanta. Here is the link
Funny how the universe works. Just when you have made up your mind to throw in the towel and start a new career adventure, things happen in your favor. Even though all of this made me smile and feel good about myself, I still decided to take a little time and only book weddings for those who seek me out.
My future endeavors involve a lot of risk! For one, taking time off from the photography business itself. But I am also planning on hiking the Appalachian Trail Georgia Section next year. The 80 mile venture will take me through the entire northern half of the state and land me on the GA/SC border. My dearest closest friend and I have always wanted to do this, but just haven't devoted the time. Now her stepmom is diagnosed with terminal cancer and we think now is the best time to hike it in her honor. We will be posting our progress on the website www.trailheadtailgaters.com for all of you who would like to follow.
In the meantime, if you all know of someone who is taking the trail less traveled to get married or would just like advice, Please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I am not done.. just rejuvenating.
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