I’ve been a bit unsettled creatively for a while now. I read a book recently that talks about the importance of acknowledging pain or discomfort as a trigger; an alert that something needs to change or stop or be done differently. I've pushed the discontent away for a while now...I guess for various reasons: fear, unknown, comfortability, not wanting to seem like a brat. Dash is thriving, and I'm so so thankful for that. I love our wedding clients—we have some of the best, seriously. I get so much joy watching their friends and families enjoy the amazing experience the couples create. I've had the privilege of telling the stories of couples who have the most amazingly luxurious wedding days; days they've put so much time and love and effort into. I couldn't be more thankful for each family that has trusted me with such an important part of their day, and how each one has built this brand in ways I could only dream about.
I feel like, in a way, I've forced a version of myself thinking I had to fit a certain mold to be successful in Atlanta or have a respected brand. After a lot of soul searching, conversations, prayer, and traveling, I've found my heart is happiest and my mind most creative at intimate weddings where simplicity and adventure are at the heart. Heck, Brandon and I got married on a cliff over-looking the ocean in Jamaica surrounded by 9 people and two dogs. I was barefoot, my dress was dirty, and I had flowers in my hair. Adventure (and a little bit of hippie ;) ) is at the core of who I am; I crave it.
A little backstory: When Brandon and I went to Hawaii to celebrate our 5 year anniversary last year, I sought out a photographer who could capture the essence of what our love is to us: wild, crazy, fun, goofy, unique, intense, beautiful, and adventurous. I found Lindsey Roman who nailed my vision. Our time together ignited a desire in me that spread like wildfire. We hiked over an hour before sunrise and took the most epic photos on top of a mountain in Oahu. The entire experience brought life to every part of my soul because it was me. It was us. (See what I mean?!)
My mind was in overdrive trying to figure out why something that brought me so much life isn't a part of what I do as a photographer. So, I took several months trying to figure out 1) what that looked like for me, and 2) how to transition to what I'm passionate about in an already established brand. As creatives, we’re always evolving; when we grow as humans, we grow as artists. God gave me a curious spirit, and I believe if I lean into that part of me, my work will reflect it.
So what does that mean for Dash? Well, nothing but great things. It simply means my position personally within the brand will shift. We are growing the team to continue serving you stunning peach state couples and your big magical weddings, but I will move to a little more specific wedding “niche”— one that takes me to the woods, the porch of a treehouse, mountain tops, dinner parties, and outside our beautiful city more often. Beginning in Fall 2019, I will be extremely selective in the big weddings I take, and will hit the ground running pursuing elopements, intimate weddings, and adventure sessions. This will also open up opportunity for me to work on educational resources and some other goodness I've wanted to pursue for a while.
With that said:
WE ARE HIRING!!!
We are looking to bring on another full time associate photographer!! WOOOO! This pumps me up! If you'd like information on what that looks like, head HERE. If you're a couple thinking about throwing a rad dinner party for your closest family and friends after I Do's, getting married with an alpaca as your guest, or hiking to a majestic view to make out, holla atcha girl.
This is something I’ve wanted to do for years, but chose to give in to limitations and words like “impossible” and “can’t” and “maybe one day”. Have your found yourself there? Well, it’s one day, and my friend, it’s one day for you as well. Get out of your own way. Put in the work and take the chance. It IS possible, you CAN do it, and TODAY is your day.