This year is quickly coming to an end and I think we are all looking forward to what 2017 has to offer. 2016 has had it trials and tribulations for me, however, I will always look back on 2016 with fondness as the year I took the leap into the business of photography.
Ever since I can remember, I have really enjoyed taking photos of my travels, my friends and family, my pets and my children. It has been a wonderful life-long hobby and creative outlet. In my past career as a graphic artist in advertising, I was, at times, also able to incorporate my photography skills into my work. My career as a graphic designer ended shortly after my children were born when I decided to make them my career instead. I stayed out of the workforce and raised them until they all four grew to an age where they could care for themselves. I then realized that I wanted to fill my ever-expanding free time with something that I enjoyed doing in the past, but also making it profitable and worthwhile. Photography was calling me. I decided to take a favorite hobby and turn it into a profitable business. It took a lot of hard work. I knew absolutely nothing about running my own business. I had to educate myself on how to improve my photography skills, how to set up a legitimate business, and how to manage marketing and sales. Now a year has gone by and I look back at all that I have achieved and I feel accomplished and proud of the work I've done and the growth that I have made.
I could not have done this without the support of family and friends that believed in me and my vision. I can't thank them enough.