May 29, 2015

Personal Post: BIG Announcement

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Journal entry February 18, 2010:
“eyes of my heart to be like a wide-angle camera lens for your kingdom”Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy.
Psalm 126:4

Journal entry September 17, 2010
“Goal for the new school year: More vision of what God wants for my life”

Journal entry from Boston Outreach Trip October 6, 2010
“The worship this evening was amazing. A lady named Angie prayed with me and saw a picture of a clear path an arrow pointing. She felt like it was for a decision I’m making in my life. I’m not really sure if that was for now but I think for later in life. She also asked me if I was an artist. I told her that I had just recently taken up photography. She encouraged me by telling me that the Lord wants to use that gift in such a huge way.”

Journal entry November 21, 2010 (my birthday and the day I decided on a business name)
Today marks the day you wove and spun me onto this earth Psalm 139. Asking the Lord what Woven & Spun Photography would like?

And finally…

Journal entry for April 11, 2011
Lord, I hear you saying to dream big and don’t be afraid to ask for the deepest desires of your heart…
Full time Photography was on that list

Alright so you’re probably wonderering why I’m babbling on about my prayer journal entries over the last five years.
For those of you who don’t know my story of how I go into this industry… Well, it’s not quite what you think it might be….

2010 was my last year in college. I had so badly wanted to take photography classes but couldn’t afford a DSLR camera for the class. This was about a year before many of the major companies started making them so affordable. So my parents gifted me one for my graduation present and I took a class my last year of college. Yeah, I waited that long. But I had been holding a camera my entire life, it seems. I had tried so many things to find my niche. While my sister was amazing at everything she put her mind to, I wasn’t so fortunate. I enjoyed the stage but I didn’t love it. I wasn’t committed enough to make it very far.

I learned so much in the class and learned it quickly. That never happens for me. Ideas and new things just don’t come as easy to me. I did the portrait assignment and….hated it. I HATED portraits and vowed to never do portraits or weddings. Yeah. The photojournalism assignment, I loved. I found so much life documenting a story through my camera.

Flash forward to the fall after graduation. People started asking me to do photos for them. I didn’t think much of it until I really enjoyed it. I used my own style and I wasn’t graded on it. So I started talking to the Lord about it.

The name Woven & Spun was birthed out of a really lonely season of my life. This was before Ben. My best friend/roommate had to move out due to an emergency and move away, my “brother” moved to Texas, Lanna and I had grown apart at the time, and my grandmother had just passed away. I was on my way to my grandmother’s funeral and I turned on “I Am” by Nicole Nordeman. I still cry every time that song comes on.

Grab the tissues and listenhere. Sorry, the video is a little cheesy.

I had no idea what God was going to do with this little dream I had. What started as an ember as grown like wildfire. To me, photography was much more than making money for taking photos. I find life from others lives. I love being the one to capture a season of life. Whether it’s a wedding, graduation, newborn, or just family portraits. I’m capturing that one moment in time that you will never have again. And not just a moment, but human life.

To speed things up a bit, I started to photograph weddings in 2012. I knew if I wanted to do weddings I would need lots of practice first. I followed my photographer around for a few weddings and fell in love with weddings. Of course, the hopeless romantic loves weddings! I booked way too quickly that I couldn’t keep up. The dream to go full time was growing.

After Sam came into our lives, I never wanted to go full time photography so badly. I had talked to some other photographers who were also moms about this. Many of them warned me that it may be more difficult to book after I have a baby. So we didn’t expect many weddings. By the time I had gone back to work at my other full time job in December of 2014, I had already booked 8 weddings for 2015. Now how many do I have? 19. 19! This was so unexpected. Since January, I have been breaking my back. Staying up almost every night editing and running on only a few hours of sleep. We have been saving like crazy and had a goal for me to go full time come September.

But God decided to change things up. So by now you probably now what the big announcement.

I’m going to be a full time photographer starting June 11th!

It still hasn’t hit me quite yet. I can’t believe this is happening. After 5 years, this is really happening. I’ve never worked so hard in my entire life. I could not have done this without the love and support from my family, friends, and coworkers. I’ve been working with these girls for over 5 years and as happy as I am about this big step, I’m going to miss these ladies.

Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy.
Psalm 126:4

Indeed he has.

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Photos by Megan Flanagan.

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