ALL THE CHANGES TAKING PLACE FOR US ARE SO EXCITING BUT ALSO SO SAD!! WE ARE CHASING OUR DREAMS AND IT IS EXTREMELY HARD. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL
If you have seen our pop ups on the site then you know we are moving locations. There are good and bad emotions that comes with that. The good is, I am growing and moving towards bigger things. The bad is, I am not sure where (which city) my new location will be just yet.
My lease came up and I decided it was better for me to not renew it because of the changes taking place. I haven't been spending a ton of time in it lately because I have been focusing more on adventure elopements in other states. It doesn't make sense for me to have a home base at this exact moment as I try to figure out our next move (literally). I am looking forward to exploring all my options but for now I am going to be in a small office right in our home. That doesn't sound very exciting to me but I have to remind myself it is only temporary. On the flip side of that, I am super proud of myself! I have had to make some hard decisions and I have had to stay focused on where my path is leading me. It has not been easy. I have had a hard time making these choices as I love all my clients so very much and I am truly grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me thus far. I just feel like my desires within this business is leaning in a different way. I am so passionate about the adventure weddings and small intimate weddings. I feel like that is my calling. I was born to do those type of weddings. They make me truly happy and I need to focus solely on that for now.
NO LONGER TAKING HOURLY SESSIONS
Since I have decided to focus solely on my passion, I have decided to not take any more hourly sessions after January 1st 2022. Now with that being said, I have some pretty loyal clients that have been with me since day 1 and those clients I will continue to see when they need me but I won't be advertising and offering any sessions outside of those clients. Again, this has been a very hard decision for me to make. I have met some amazing people and am very grateful I had that opportunity. There will be sessions happening the rest of 2021 including Christmas themed and of course our fall themed sessions. So if you are needing pictures, lets get you on our books!
NO LONGER OFFERING LARGE WEDDINGS
Ok, so this one may be the biggest one. I have decided that I will no longer offer large venue wedding photography. My passion is with the smaller elopements and small intimate weddings and I am only going to be booking those from now on. I have truly enjoyed watching my beautiful brides meet the man of their dreams at the end of that isle. I have cried, I have laughed and I have bonded with all of my brides, grooms, wedding parties, and parents. I will always be thankful for the ones who chose me to be your photographer for the day! If you have a large venue wedding booked for next year.. DON'T WORRY! We will fulfill all the weddings we already have booked, we just don't plan on booking any more large venue weddings in 2022! This one has probably been the hardest decision for me to make. I have gone back and forth on this for quite sometime. I love photographing venue weddings and will miss doing them very much!
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ME!
I am sure every single one of you have had to make hard decisions before and you understand just how hard that can be. I struggled with feeling like I was thriving and all of a sudden I am failing. Sometimes growth feels like your failing and I have to remind myself that walking away from the things that made me feel successful is growth not failure. I love my studio.. it makes me feel so joyful every time I unlock that door and walk inside. I absolutely hate giving that up but I know I will find another studio down the road and be just as happy. The same comes with letting go of my clients. I have been so booked lately and to see my calendar go empty, makes me feel like I failed. I have to remind myself that this is a choice I made. I have to be ok with these decisions. I am certain that it will take time for me to feel ok about all of this but I do know these choices are what is best for me. I just want all of you to know how much I appreciate each of you and how thankful I am that you have and will support me through this journey and the next phase of Marilyn Ray! WISH US LUCK!!
AUTHOR: STEPHANIE TAYLOR OWNER/PHOTOGRAPHER OF MARILYN RAY