I had a completely overwhelming week. I did things that pushed me. That kept me up at night. That caused our house to be a bit in a disarray. BUT, I shouldn't have let my confidence get to me. I did alright and am disappointed that I lost sleep.
On Tuesday I shot my first wedding. It was small. Very small. But non the less it was their day. A day you can't reshoot. It was full of moments that were meant to be captured and I knew I had to nail them because things don't happen twice during a wedding. But I think I did okay! The bride and groom have loved the pictures that I shared with them. You can go here for a peek.
On Wednesdsay evening I did my first newborn shoot at the hospital. Baby wasn't even 24 hours old. Such a different experience than in a family's home. There too, the mom and dad and many others love the shots I captured. It was incredibly overwhelming to know that this wonderful family allowed me to come and capture such a special and private time for their family. So honored.
On Thursday I had a busy day volunteering in Henry's class and then later finally teaching a music lesson on opera for Charley's class. At the beginning of the year they were looking for a classroom parent to volunteer to come in and teach some music lessons. I offered...but, have put it off all year because frankly, the materials you are given are super overwhelming. But, I conquered my first lesson and have been invited to come back yet before the end of the year. Having been out of the classroom for 6 years, I was intimidated. But, I think I did okay.
I am starting to believe that this photography thing is real and that I can stop letting my confidence slow me down, keep me up at night, or doubt myself so much. And what a fun afternoon getting Charley's class singing camp songs like the future opera stars that they are!
The thing I realized this week - taking on challenges that push me and taking a chance on doing something new or intimidating is good for your soul. It is exhausting, but man alive, it is also so fun to have conquered new things.
A huge thank you to so many friends and family that listen to me and my nerves rambling on and on and on about all of these adventures! I couldn't have done any of this without your support!
The grass is green. The sun is shining. The rain has stopped. What will you conquer this weekend?