Blackmon Family Changes
Good morning good morning! Happy Humpday!
Ok, y’all, I’m taking a deep breath and starting, because I have a lot I want to say in this post! There are some super exciting things happening in the Blackmon household, and I can’t wait to share them with you!
Dan got a new job!
Thank you, Jesus. For those who don’t know, Dan’s worked for almost 4 years in various departments with his current company. He’s a child and family mental health therapist- one of those few people who found his gifting in life and pursued it (I promise I’m not just saying that because I’m biased- he’s SO GOOD at what he does). But burn out is high and growth is important, so on Thursday he starts a new position as a case manager. This move is a huge answer to prayer for our family! We’re both so grateful for the past 4 years he’s had with his old company, but we’re so incredibly excited as he transitions to this new role! (Also, SAHM perk- he’s done at 4:30 instead of 6:30. My fave part.) So proud of this guy!
And for me…
I’m starting a photography business!
I’m going to try really hard to not talk forever about this one because there are so many things attached to it!
How this came about: I’ve always been a picture taker (I have an embarrassing amount of Facebook photo albums from highschool + college when point and shoot camera’s were still a thing). I actually bought my DSLR back in college, but I just never took the time to teach myself how to use it. Life happened, and it was pretty much collecting dust until I started staying home with Zoey. Starting this blog really pushed me to work on photography as I wanted my blog to have nicer photos. Thank the Lord for YouTube and generous educators, and I was hooked. I just fell in love with being able to freeze these moments in time; the big ones, absolutely, but also the small, in between, everyday moments. They’re so fleeting.
This is a pretty big leap for me, y’all. I’ve always followed part of the photography industry. I knew some people who went into that industry, and I always looked inside that world with so much awe and just, “how cool is that?!” But here’s the thing: I’ve spent the past 28 years stating it as a fact that I am a terribly non-creative person. Photographers are considered creatives. So I would hear that and immediately tell myself I can’t do that, I’m not creative.
I’m not fully comfortable owning the word “creative” yet (it’s been 28 years, remember), but I’m working on it. This is such a jump for me outside of my comfort zone. Not just financially and personally, but emotionally. I’ve always been a pretty big people pleaser, and I care waaay too much about what other people think about me. But how selfish is that, really?? Like, no one is actually sitting around thinking about me that much. I think more about people thinking about me than people actually think about me. (That makes sense.)
I’m worried that people won’t think my photography is good enough to be making a career out of it. I’m worried that other photographers will think, “oh great, anoooother mom with a camera who thinks she’s a photographer.” I’m worried people will think I’m copying what other people are doing. I’m worried I don’t know all the lingo or have all the fancy gear or know all the people.
This is the part where I want to say, “WHO CARES? I’M DOING IT ANYWAY.”
But that would be a lie.
Because I do care. I do worry that people will say and think those things. Here’s the thing, though. I can’t control what people will say. I can’t control their opinion. So instead of saying, “who cares?” I’m saying, “I care, but I’m not going to let what other people say stop me from pursuing something I love.” Everyone has to start somewhere, so while there’s more I want to learn and ways I want to grow, this is me taking a radical leap and just starting.
ALRIGHT. I’m getting off my soapbox. I just have so many feels about this, y’all! If you’d like to follow along on this little business, I’d love your support! You can like my page here, and be sure to follow along on my photography Instagram account, as well! I have a new website for photography coming, as well, so you can sign up here if you want to stay posted for when that goes live!
So many thanks to the very talented Nicole Schmidgall for working with me to create my amazing logo! Please check her out if you have any graphic design needs!
Have a phenomenal day!