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August 31, 2018

As Summer Wraps Up- Personal

Can you believe summer is almost over?! Most of my summers are spent working (and I wouldn’t change that at all!) But this year, I made sure to give myself some breaks once in awhile so I could actually feel like I got to enjoy the summer!

Highlights

Speedy started off the summer by protesting going back in the house.
We went for our annual start-of-summer family hike in Hocking Hills.
I managed to spray the entire front of my shorts with water at a wedding.
I saw Panic! At the Disco with my sister and cousin and it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time.
I also saw Foo Fighters which has been on my bucket list for literally 20 years.
I got to visit one of my best friends on a weekend off and eat the best wings ever.

Plans

For the fall season, the majority of my weddings end in September. October and November have some sprinkled throughout, so it will be nice to slow wayyy down for a bit! There are some big changes happening on a personal level- we’ve been assigned to a new congregation a little further away than where we currently are, and I’ll be putting a lot more time and effort in to my ministry work. I’m super excited for these changes, but it’ll take some adjusting to a stricter schedule. More adjustments will have to made as we go along I’m sure, but for now I need to be really disciplined in the time I’ve set aside for the ministry, for work, and for travel. Hopefully things will fall right into place!

Goals

Every September, I start looking at my goals for the next year. Hard to believe I’m already thinking of 2019!! Of course, weddings are always my number one goal for my career, but I’ve been feeling a pull to start offering more portrait sessions again. I think the time off from portraits was necessary to grow in my skill and develop my style, but I feel ready to dive back in! My plan is to add a page to my website for portrait information so that those wanting a session can have an easy time getting in touch with me for one. My goal for the past couple years has been to branch into destination weddings, and that goal is more intense in my heart than ever before! Unfortunately, every photographer under the sun wants to break into this market, so it’s extremely difficult to do that. So I’m going to ask for your help! If you have friends or family who are getting married outside the state of Ohio, please refer them to me!

Do you have any exciting plans for fall? Let’s plan a coffee date, I’d love to cheer you on!

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