educator + wedding photographer
educator + wedding photographer
If you would have told me that I’d be running my own wedding photography business almost 8 years later and educating wedding creatives, I would have thought you were out-of-this world crazy!
Herbert, my husband, got me my first DSLR (Nikon D40 to be exact) as a wedding gift! From there, I never stopped pursuing photography! So much so, that I now teach other wedding creatives how to run a business that serves people well.
My hope for you is that you find someone who believes in you more than even you can. I'd love for that to be me!
Cuddling with my cats and hubby.
Making a new recipe out of my Half Baked Harvest cookbook & I'd definitely ask you to stay for dinner. (Call me the hostess with the mostest!)
Wearing my comfy clothes (preferably jeans & a sweatshirt)!
Burning my favorite candle.
Learning something new about business because I cannot help myself!
Spending time with Jesus.
Making an oat milk latte (with caramel, of course!).
Heading out the door to brunch with my
husband or friends!
I’m obsessed with my cats, Mister & Tira. Some say I love them more than my husband...true or false? I’ll let you decide.
My relationship with Jesus! This is most important to me!
I’m trying to convince my husband that daily trips to Dunkin’ should 100% be factored into our budget (you think I’m joking, don’t you?).
Is spending time with the people I love the most considered a hobby?! Because I do it ALL THE TIME! Friends, family, serving our church family, COUNT ME IN!
Let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we? In 2013, my husband, Herbert, and I got married, and I was holding my first ever DSLR (Nikon D40 to be exact)! For a wedding gift, Herbert gifted me with a DSLR camera! I loved photography so much, and he saw something in me that I didn’t at that time! Herbert is the reason why my business even exists! He is my biggest supporter! I started learning and soaking up EVERYTHING I could while working full time at a non profit that I LOVED!
Fast forward to the spring of 2017! After months of tears, talking to many people about whether or not I was making the right decision, anxiety, long conversations with Herbert, and TONS of prayer, I handed in my resignation letter at my current job to pursue my dream of running my own wedding photography business!
Can you guess how many weddings I had on the books for the rest of 2017? The same year I decided to leave my full time job? FIVE. That is it! I didn’t even have a full schedule of weddings! Up until that point, I had only photographed FOUR weddings prior! You’re probably thinking, "Renée you’re crazy!" How did you even make that work? Well, the truth is 2017 was a HARD year!
I took that first year to focus on learning EVERYTHING I could, second shooting a bunch and growing the business I had always dreamed of! Soon after, I experienced emotional burnout from my business! I was doing EVERYTHING you could possibly imagine to grow my business, but nothing was working because I was trying to do #allthethings!
Trying to do everything in business like everyone else was actually holding me back from growing my business! I didn’t have direction, and I needed that so desperately! In 2018, everything changed when I hired a business coach, and I haven’t looked back! I needed guidance from someone else who ... had more experience than me; would encourage AND challenge me; and ultimately help me make wise decisions in my business!
Now, I’m running a successful AND profitable wedding photography business that I LOVE, in addition to educating wedding creatives to have the same success in their businesses today!
I'm running my dream business! I get to photograph weddings AND teach wedding creatives!
Taught 21 wedding creatives through group coaching!
Launched my signature online course: "Pinterest Made Easy."
Started working with my amazing business coach, Laura!
Left my previous career to pursue photography full time!
Photographed my first wedding EVER!
Adopted our cats,
Tira & Mister!
Got married & received my first DSLR as a wedding gift!
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