Wow, is this really our first blog post of 2012? Well, the crickets in cyberspace are due to big things happening in real life! The biggest news is…
Yep, Jeff popped the question in January! So now, like all of our wedding clients, we are engaged and planning a wedding too! But that’s just a start to all the big things happening at indigosilver. Here’s a rundown:
Our last wedding of the season was the December marriage of Kim and Rob at 128 South.
Their intimate and heartfelt ceremony was the perfect way to end wedding season and start the holiday season.
Shortly after Kim and Rob’s wedding, I flew to California for two weeks to say goodbye to my dad, as he succumbed to a lifelong battle with diabetes.
The death of a parent is truly a life-changing experience. I am going through a period of self-exploration, faith-questioning, and soul-bearing; I have come to appreciate the people in my life in a new way. It becomes a simple truth that, in experiencing death, we are all connected. I highly recommend the book “A Grief Observed” by C.S. Lewis, for anyone going through the pain of loss and the questions it brings.
In late January, Jeff and I returned to California for the memorial service. Some family I hadn’t seen in 10 years or more. While it seems that a funeral is a sad reason for a family reunion, sharing our grief was also a joyous occasion. Lots of reminiscing, and LOTS of old family photos surfaced from dusty shoeboxes. In one of my favorites, my dad is helping my two-year-old self down a slide. The photo speaks of youth, vigor, fatherly love, and bell-bottom jeans. Does it get any better than this?
A week prior to the memorial, Jeff and I traveled to New Orleans for the Professional Photographers of America (PPA)’s ImagingUSA conference. This was almost exactly two years from the time we spent in N’awlins while moving me cross-country to start our lives together, so Jeff felt it was the perfect time and place to propose!
The first night we were there, we took a walk down by the riverfront, and Jeff told me he wanted to start the next chapter of our lives together. I had no idea he was planning this, but it seems most of our friends and family did! Thanks to everyone for keeping such a great secret. 🙂
After that first memorable night, we spent the entire next week at the conference dismantling and rebuilding our business from the ground up with the help of PPA’s Studio Management Services. I recommend this course to EVERY photographer, new or seasoned. So many photographers open a business knowing a ton about photography, but little about running a business, and we were no exception. Bridget, Ed, and Allison filled our heads with true business education, then brutally ripped indigosilver to shreds (in the best possible way). We’ve spent nearly every waking hour since then building indigosilver into a stronger, leaner, more fabulous studio, and we can’t wait to share the results with you!
So, over the course of the next several months, you’ll be seeing signs of the new & improved us. Look for our growing high school senior portrait business. Planning your wedding with us will be easier and more fabulous than ever. I’ll be posting, as a bride-to-be, about the adventures of wedding planning. And I hope that all of my posts will have a little more of that openness I’ve learned to appreciate in myself.
Stick with us, it’s going to be an exciting season.