Ten years ago, I graduated from college, started my first & only full-time job, quit after three months & decided I would never work for anyone else again. I opened my first credit card, bought an iMac, Adobe license, & Canon Rebel. All of it was so thrilling & so terrifying; I felt like I was on the verge of throwing up at every turn. I hustled HARD. I networked, I assisted incredible photographers, I watched, I learned. During the days, I spent my free time wandering with my camera, playing with lighting, taking strangers’ portraits to learn posing for every age & body type. At night, I would sit in front of my computer & learn Photoshop & Dreamweaver (I’m old!) so I could launch my first website. I was young, single, broke & determined as all hell.
In the summer of 2008, I shot my first-ever paid wedding on my own. I had done things for friends and family, but THIS was real. It was a job I booked after answering a Craigslist ad (yikes!) & I had anxiety for weeks before. I brought everything I owned (one camera, one lens & a small flash…. double yikes) & prayed for the best! And guess what? It was AMAZING. I was hooked.
Some of my first wedding photos ever… Back when selective coloring was HOT. Oh, how we’ve grown!
Ever since I started, I have been blessed beyond words with clients who believed in me & this little business that I’ve built. I know I’ve said it before, BUT I just have to express my most sincere gratitude. You’ve allowed me to live my truest dream, working for myself and doing what I love. I hope you understand how much that means!
I’ve been so supported over the years, and I’d like to share some of the love I’ve received… SO, if you’ve made it this far into this post, I have an exciting announcement for you! I fully believe in celebrating all the milestones, and ten years is no small feat! So, let’s make it BIG.
Ready!? Starting today, City Lights will be doing one GIVEAWAY every month for the rest of 2018! That’s TEN fun giveaways for TEN fun years!
Our first giveaway is live now! This one is for all of the clients that have helped me grow over the years! One lucky past client will win a FREE 16×24″ fine art wall print from your photo session with us! Simply upload your favorite photo taken by City Lights Studio to be entered to win! $175 value. Open only to the first 100 entrants! Giveaway ends 03.30 or until all entries are filled; winner announced 03.31. Good luck!!