As many of you know, we moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in the Fall of 2010. I felt so many mixed emotions with that move and to be honest, thought my life was ending. Sure, it sounds dramatic but I had a lot of trouble getting over the fact that I was moving from North Carolina, where all my family lived. No longer were we a quick day trip away from our families and the thought of leaving the beach made me sick. I was forced to uproot our two small children to head to the land of the unknown. I had never stepped foot in Tennessee and didn’t know a single soul. I felt lost. I felt alone. I resented the fact that we moved and I was forced to quit my teaching career in NC that I so loved.
A few years before we moved, I had fallen into the world of photography. I always had a love for it and knew the moment I held my first SLR (FILM!) camera in 2001 that I was smitten. When we found out we were moving, after the kicking and screaming and tantrums died down (sadly, by me!), I knew I would pursue photography full time in Tennessee. We were moving in the middle of the school year and I didn’t want to jump into a teaching position so I gave myself the remainder of the school year to find my footing and see where this new adventure took me. I would like to say it was easy but it wasn’t. Being an outsider in a new town with two small children was not a walk in the park. I made it a point to get out and meet people, sign up for play dates, and build my photography business to specialize in high school seniors, a niche that was severely lacking in the area I moved. With many, many bumps along the road in all avenues, I finally found my footing, a great group of friends, and had a successful photography studio that had grown more than I had ever imagined was possible.
Looking back on the last three and a half years, I feel blessed. I was speaking with a photographer friend yesterday about my journey and we discussed the humbling feeling of starting over. We never know what plans lie in our future but sitting in my living room in NC four years ago, I would have told you my world was crumbling. Little did I know what a blessing this journey would be and the life and business lessons I would learn. I gained a whole new outlook on life, our small unit family has grown stronger, and we have met so many wonderful friends that have helped ease the pain of being so far away from our family; however, the time of change has come again.
I am over the moon excited to announce that Real Promises Photography is moving east and back to our home state of North Carolina!! Charlotte, NC, to be exact. I have not lived in the Charlotte area since I graduated high school but I am stoked to be closer to our families and start our new chapter in our life. I laugh when I think about how full circle we have traveled and how much we have grown over our journeys.
I will continue to take a limited amount of clients in Nashville throughout the year. I will travel back once a month to photograph all the amazing 2015 seniors that are already on our books, as well. I have been asked to come back in the spring and fall, yearly, to photograph families and offer mini sessions and with enough interest, I will continue to do so for as long as needed. I won’t lie and tell you that selfishly, I hope that works out so I have another excuse to see all my amazing clients and friends here in Nashville.
Now a new path must be carved out for RPP! We will begin marketing to the high school senior market in Charlotte next month! If you know anyone in the Charlotte, Concord, Ballantyne, or Rock Hill, SC area, please send them my way! I hope you will join us for our new adventure and help support us during our transition!