So I guess I should start out with a little intro to how I even began on this little adventure to California. I dove into the photography world a little over a year ago and I’m just now finding my nitch. Starting out, it’s great to shoot everything to find out what you love. You start to search for what inspires you and I remember the very first time I saw a Wildflowers Photography photo. It was Joy’s “Up” engagement shoot. I had never seen someone take so much time, effort, and planning for one special couple and it really started an ongoing inspiration. It just really took my breathe away. Over the past year I’ve learned what I love about photography and I wanted to gain more experience in Storytelling photography and start to steer my business this way. I wanted to join in on one of Joy’s workshops but I was still nursing my son who wasn’t taking a bottle and spending a few days away seemed impossible at that point. Well, everything happens for a reason because from there Joy opened up her one on one mentoring. It sounded so PERFECT! I chatted with my husband and we knew that if I didn’t do it NOW then I wouldn’t be able to do it again for about 2-3 years (I’m a clingy mom and I make clingy babies, I’ll admit it). Chatting with Joy we quickly scheduled a time where both of us and our baby bumps could meet. I’m so thankful she squeezed me in between their roadtrips and before Christmas, being prego flying in 3rd trimester isn’t really recommended. Joy welcomed me into their home and treated me like a long lost friend. For a new mom traveling pregnant across the country, having never flown by herself and having never left her son for more than one night to feel so comfortable really means something. Joy was amazing! We went over everything, a lot of the topics had never, ever even crossed my mind. I feel so much more confident turning the new page on the business front. PLUS the gal spoiled me rotten! Between delicious burgers, antique store shopping, massages, and gorgeous scenery it was the most perfect break that this momma needed. To top it all off we did a little styled shoot with Ms. Clementine and her daddy. The sun decided to hide away, but I was just so thankful it wasn’t raining or snowing like it was back in Indianapolis!
Joy actually bought this lil vintage horse at one of the antique stores we went to. Then, her hubby brought out Clementines adorable vintage kitchen. Holy cuteness overload! And last but not least we got some Daddy snuggle time in. I think Clementine was LOVING the fact that she was an only child for a little bit and soaked it up big time!Joy, I truly can’t thank you enough! I learned so much and I’m still learning from my notes & little tips. You’ve already saved me so much special time with my family away from the computer. Balancing family, marriage, work, and photography is not easy and having guidance in the right direction has been the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve also met a prop collector that doesn’t make me feel as crazy as my husband thinks I am! If you are thinking about mentoring or heading to Joy’s workshop and your on the fence, please email me because for me, it was so worth it! I’m so excited for upcoming things for my business and I hope you are too!
I thought the quote below was just perfect, actually just purchased this print for our home.