It’s about to get a little personal up in here… if you want to skip to the business stuff, it’s all good! Just scroll down and read under the photos .
A little over two years ago, my life changed. And I didn’t even really know it yet.
One day my husband and I were cleaning up after dinner. He was washing dishes and I was clearing off the table when he said (out of thin air), “Do you feel like we’re on the verge of something… new?” I stopped, thought about it for a second, and decided I had no idea what he was talking about. Sorry honey! I asked him what he meant and he went on to say that he felt like a change was coming, but he didn’t really know what yet. As crazy busy as our lives were (and are!), I didn’t know where that statement came from exactly, nor did I welcome it. Something new? What does that mean? Life was crazy but it was good.
We let that conversation go but it would still pop up in my thoughts for a few days. Deep down I could feel something and I knew that he was right. Press the fast forward button because there is a lot more to the story, not to mention it’s very personal, spiritual, and LONG! We had a strong feeling that we should look into him joining the Air Force. Now let me explain something here… I’ve always appreciated the military of course, and some of our very best friends are or were in the services. But I did NOT want that for us! I did NOT want to say goodbye to my husband for months at a time. I did NOT want to move all around creation. I did NOT want to live that lifestyle. Not for me. No way, no how. I had a long talk with a dear friend of mine. Her husband is in the services, and we just had a frank talk about what life would likely bring. The good and the bad. While we were talking, something surprising happened. Somehow the things I was terrified over, seemed surmountable. My husband would be doing something that he was proud of, and I could focus more on my family. From there on out, the more I educated myself, the more my misconceptions and reservations melted away. But more importantly, my husband and I had many personal and spiritual experiences where we KNEW that this is exactly what our family is supposed to do right now.
This was all over two years ago. (yes, you read that right. Two YEARS ago!) At that point my husband began the application to be an Officer in the Air Force. It’s a very daunting and extremely competitive process because the military doesn’t take as many Officers. We had discouragements along the way with the defense budget cuts and things, but then doors began opening. Things fell into place and everything happened pretty quickly from then on out. We knew that our faith was not in vain.
He received a call a few months ago to tell him that he was selected! It was so competitive that out of the almost 950 applicants, only 150 were selected (of the 40 men his recruiter was over, only TWO made it in!). Can you tell I’m super proud of him? (and like a geek, I ran out and bought all kinds of Air Force paraphernalia).
So guess what that means?
We will be moving out of Las Vegas! After we leave I still plan on doing a few sessions here and there (wherever we are!), but my photography journey will now be less of a business, and more of a hobby. I can’t wait to focus on shooting the beauty I see in the world, photographing my children, and new life. And let’s face it – just about anywhere is more lush than Las Vegas, so I’ll probably be going kind of crazy with the photo-taking! As for the business, I will still offer sessions forYOUR DAY IN A NEW WAY (I’m even planning on my own session!), so I’m thrilled about that. I’m also planning on visiting Las Vegas regularly, so I may even offer a few sessions when I’m back! It will all be very limited though, so I can be a full-time mama to my cute babies .
What does this mean for my Las Vegas peeps? Well, we still don’t know the official date we will be moving (it will likely be in early 2013), so I am not booking past December. I am actually fully booked for the remainder of my time here! If you are interested in a session, however, I do have a waiting list.
It has been such a pleasure to work with so many wonderful people here. I wish I was organized enough to have all the “official” stats from the last 6 years, but I’ve had the privilege of photographing hundreds of wonderful and beautiful people here in Las Vegas, and across the country. It has been an honor capturing your family memories!