My WHY

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Often times as I a business owner and a photographer, I find myself wanting to post more about the people that I am photographing, rather then of myself. This year I have made it one of my goals to have a healthy balance of both.

I want you, my loyal friends and clients, to know my why. Why Elsie J Photo is so important to me.

It isn’t a secret that spending more quality time with my babies is my number one reason for wanting to be self-employed. Even though I was so grateful for my job as a teacher, the past four years I found myself becoming more and more exhausted. I wanted to be more present and less tired when I got home from work. I felt like my kids weren’t getting all of me. And although there are days that I am tired now, I have the energy to keep up with them! I was walking into the store today with my youngest and I whispered to him how much I love spending time with him. I want them both to know that these moments are cherished beyond measure.

When I would meet with clients on a shoot they would always look at me like “you teach, do photography, and have small children?” Looking back, it does seem a little bit tiring to think about, but I needed my side hustle to become my main hustle. AND HERE WE ARE! Was it a lot at times, yes. Was it utterly worth it, obviously.

My second why is that I love creating stories (if you missed me talking about this, visit my website to see my behind the scenes video). I love seeing what I can create when I first meet a client. But most importantly, I love making people happy. I believe that I have a special chance to create lasting images for people and that is a pretty cool feeling.

I get to push myself creatively and am in a constant state of change. I can see myself as a business owner evolving, as is my photography itself. And that my friends is pretty sweet.

So if you’re still reading along here, I need you to know that regardless of how Facebook or Instagram have changed their algorithms again, any like, comment, or share means something to me. It means that not only are you seeing posts, but so are others! In staying true to authenticity I wanted you all to know that I’m not just a mom with a nice camera but one who has a why behind it.

Stay beautiful, friends! xoxoxo

 

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Maggie & Seth’s Engagement Shoot, Delnor Wiggins Pass, Naples, Fl.

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I’m going to start by saying: These two were incredible! Maggie and Seth have been together since high school. When it was time for college, they decided to head to the warmth and sunshine to FGCU. (Go Eagles!) Together we talked about their dreams, and how sweet Seth was to go along with anything we asked him to do….even if it meant getting in the water, twice. It made for some laughs and a wet ride home, but I hope you’ll see just how worth doing it, it was!

Enjoy this sneak peek of their Naples engagement session. For all inquires, please visit me at Elsie J Photo.

 

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Surprise Pregnancy Announcement

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You know those really cute pregnancy announcement photos and videos that you see while scrolling the internet? Well I have wanted to be apart of a reveal for sometime now. Which is why it was particularly special when I was let in on the secret that one of the family members was planning to announce that they were expecting to the unsuspecting grandparents.

They had scheduled a group photo session in advance, but this announcement was surely icing on the cake. I am so excited for you all. Congratulations on the news of your sweet little girl!

Next on my photographer bucket list: Document a proposal 🙂

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