Friday, October 4, 2013

Our big news!

I've thrown out a few teasers on the blog & on my twitter account
I've told you all that Caleb and I have some big news and that it probably WASN'T what you'd first expect.
I've also been so pumped to tell you guys this, but wasn't sure how to put it into words.

Let me back up here, ever since I was young...my dream has been to pursue a career in photography. On my 20th birthday, Caleb surprised me with my first DSLR. My sweet Nikon, ohh how I love her. Since then, my "hobby" turned into a passion, quickly. I was practicing on family members, friends, couples I knew, etc. Word got out that I did it "for fun", so I charged families next to nothing for my work. This continued for nearly two years.

Don't get me wrong, I love my day job...but it just doesn't get me as excited as holding my camera in my hands...putting a new lens on my camera's body...or finding that perfect golden glow as the sunsets when you're photographing a family in a field.

Back track, you guys remember me bragging on our amazing wedding photographers, right!?

WELLLLLL.
The last day of July this past summer, they asked us to grab dinner with them. We connected instantly with them when we first met, so I thought nothing unusual about it. Little did I know, my life was about to change. They took us to dinner at this wonderful little pizza joint Downtown, and we small talked for a good hour.

Then...then then then, they straight up asked if Caleb and I would be interested in joining their business that is Innovatory Photography.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
UM!
GAME CHANGER.
Holy what!?
Did I even have to think about it!? This was my dream. It took all I had not to just cry right there. We immediately accepted this new position and when we ran off to the car I just couldn't stop crying. We called our best friends and shared the great news, all the while I look like a goofy fool laughing hysterically at myself because I cannot believe what just happened.

Caleb looked at me and said "Babe, your dreams are coming true."

You see, months before this I had prayed for God to bring me an opportunity that would allow for me to expand my skills and knowledge in photography so that I could see if it was what I was meant to do or not. God is a funny man, yeah? Not only did he bring this opportunity to me, he multiplied the blessings that I wasn't even expecting. The super cool part? I finally had confidence in myself as a photographer. That was huge!

So now what?
Innovatory is now made up of two husband and wife photo teams (holllaaa!) who want to document weddings in a raw, candid, fantastic way. I am elaaaated, you guys. Straight up.

The past few weekends (Woops! I've been a little secretive, sorry!), we've shadowed them at a couple weddings, and we are also shadowing them tonight. It's been so cool to just watch two very experienced photographers do what they do, watch how they work, what lenses they use at certain times, the way they think, etc. We've learned SO much just by watching them, and can't wait to continue bettering our own shots.

So! As of last Thursday, Caleb and I are officially on their website, taking clients.
Who would've known that within 48 hours, 3 brides would show interest in our services? Not only that, but that I'd have my first 3 consultations back to back to back with them two days later, all in one evening.
The best news? One of the brides booked on the spot... the other two booked within 2 days.
!!!! We already have three weddings booked for 2014.

I cannot even tell you how excited I am. Caleb and I are getting experience we would've otherwise never received...we're getting our names out there, and our lives are changing. I get to do more of what I love...and it makes me so happy just typing this I think I could cry.

Here's to the future!
Cheers.

49 comments:

  1. My little heart is just so excited for you!!! Yayayahayyayayayayha.

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  2. I am BEYOND thrilled for you!! I cannot wait to see the work you and your hubs produce! I know it's going to be amazing!!

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  3. Yayyyy congrats to you and your dreams coming true!

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  4. Holy moly!!! This is awesome!!! So excited for you and so happy for you. Can't wait to hear more about it. Congrats doll!

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  5. YAYAYAY! I'm so thrilled for you guys and to finally know what you were hinting at :P This is amazing news!!! I can't wait to see where this journey takes you! Also if I ever need a photographer, get your lens readyyyy :)

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  6. That is sooooo exciting!!! Congratulations girlie!

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  7. Congratulations, Kayla! I haven't really commented much on here, but I am an avid reader and it is so fun to see such good people beginning their journey toward their dreams! I got my first DSLR last Christmas, but I am only just now getting the courage to try manual shooting--it's confusing! But I am determined to learn it because it totally makes a difference. Can't wait to see your work down the road :)

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    1. Thank you SO much, Marissa!!!!! :) thanks also for commenting...I love to hear from readers! Once you can get into manual mode a little more, it opens a whole new door! Thanks again!

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  8. oh my gosh.. i got chills reading that! how exciting for you guys! congratssss :)

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  9. you sneaky little girl!! This is wonderful--God answers prayers in the funniest ways. Favorite part of this post? Caleb telling you your dreams are coming true...eeee!!

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  10. No way no way! Congrats! I can't even begin to imagine how thrilled you are

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  11. This is super exciting! Congratulations! Can't wait to follow along.

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  12. Girl- that is amazing!! Congratulations :)

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  13. OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!! THIS IS HUGE!!! I am sooooo excited for you, lady!! This is beyond amazing!!! I can't wait to see your work and see all the amazingness this brings to you!! YIPPEE!!! :)

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  14. Oh WOW!! How awesome??!?! Seriously so happy for you & Caleb!!! What great news!! You deserve it! =D =D

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  15. OMG!!!!!! this is so exciting! I am so incredibly happy for you guys!

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  16. WOW! What a tremendous blessing! God sure is good! :)

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  17. WHAT A BLESSING!!!! Your talent is taking your places!!! <3

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  18. what a blessing! That is super fantastic and I cannot wait for you to share your work here on the blog :)

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  19. OH MY GOODNESS! Congratulations to you both! This is fantastic news, you truly are blessed :) I can't wait to follow along in your career!! YAY girl yall rock!

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  20. That is so exciting, Kayla & Caleb! Congratulations! I am sure that you will have so much fun with this! (:

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  21. Oh my goodness!!! This is so incredible, Kayla! Congratulations!!!

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  22. Ahhhhh!!!! That is so fantastic....congratulations!!! God is SO good =)

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  23. Congrats you two! That is amazing! :) God's plan is always so much better than what we plan for ourselves! So excited for you two in this next chapter in your lives!

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  24. Congratulations! This is a wonderful opportunity for you guys.

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  25. This is AMAZING! Congratulations girly this is awesome news. Way to rock it.

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  26. I am SO happy for you! Literally teared up! Xoxo

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  27. OMG!!! Kayla! I'm so happy and excited for you guys! Congratulations - you totally deserve it! :)

    Tiffany
    www.StyleSidebar.com

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  28. What awesome news! We were just discussing at bible study last night how God knows what we desire and goes above what we could imagine - I love that I saw this first thing today as a reinforcement! Congrats!

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  29. WOW!! That is such an incredible opportunity, you must be thrilled that you're now able to do exactly what you've been dreaming of! I hope everything continues to go well as you grow in starting your business!

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  30. congratulations!!! i love when dreams come true :)

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  31. This is amazing news! Congrats to you and Caleb and good luck on this new adventure :)

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  32. YAY!!!!!! SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!! That is literally so so so amazing!!! Congratulations!!

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  33. Congratulations! That is so exciting for you, and how awesome that it's something else the two of you can do together!! They made such a great choice offering you that job :)

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  34. that's incredible kayla. God doesn't lie when He says He will do more than we can imagine. so awesome for you guys!

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  35. I got teary eyed reading this!! God is GOOD...all the time. I am so beyond proud and excited for you guys!! And cannot wait to see you guys in action and all your work!! YOU GUYS DESERVE THIS and SO MUCH MORE!!! Congrats!!

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  36. This is beyond amazing!! Congrats!!!

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  37. Wow! So exciting, friend. Sounds like it will be a blast. And with hubby, too? So fun!

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  38. You and I sound like the same person sometimes. lol In this case it's the love and dream for doing photography. Except my confidence with my photography is next to none. I know I can do it to please me, but putting myself out there to do it for others? Not always the case. haha
    Anywho, this is about you & can I just say this post made me SO happy!! I love it even more that Caleb has taken such an interest also & is joining you! Congratulations on the new adventure AND already having 3 jobs lined up for next year!

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  39. This makes me soooo happy for you. You are going to make so many brides happy :) Congrats to you!

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  40. So exciting! What an amazing opportunity. Congratulations!

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  41. Congratulations! SO happy for you guys! :)

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  42. Oh my gosh Kayla! This is fantastic news! So happy for you BOTH! WOW! :)

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  43. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you :) this made me happy

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  44. That is just so exciting! How wonderful that you guys get to do it together. I hope it just confronts to grow and grow!

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