Progress and Growth

I used to be embarrassed about what my photography used to look like. When I first started 7 years ago, I thought it was awesome! As the years went by, I would continually look back and about die over how awful it was. How could I have thought THAT was good? But lately I have had a change of heart. Everyone has to start somewhere and instead of being completely appalled by what my old work looks like, I have come to embrace it. It has shaped me into the photographer I am now. It shows me exactly how much growth I have had in the years I have done photography. It shows the way I have emotionally connected with my subjects much more than I ever used to do.  I have to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has believed in me from day one (back when I seriously had no idea what I was doing ). Family, friends, and clients (who seem to always become friends)- I couldn't have come this far without you!

PHOTOGRAPH BELOW TAKEN IN 2009 OF MY NIECE

PHOTOGRAPH BELOW TAKEN THIS YEAR OF MY NIECE

Another area of growth is competition. There are sooooooo many photographers out there that it is easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing. That used to consume me. Instead of working on my own progress and growth, I was constantly seeing what everyone else was doing and that was such a waste of my time! It also brought in so much self doubt and made me feel like I was failing. Now I look back and realize I was growing-not failing. Instead of competing with others, I compete with myself. Each session I think to myself, make these images even more beautiful, even more thought provoking, even more emotion-filled than the last. It is that mind-set that has pushed me farther than I have ever been. I am so much happier in my business than I have ever been. 

PHOTOGRAPH BELOW TAKEN IN 2009 Of Robbie & Tony

PHOTOGRAPH BELOW TAKEN THIS YEAR OF WADE AND BONNEE

 

Finally, a shout-out to my fellow photographer friends and other small-business creatives who have accepted the Community over Competition movement. By coming together, we achieve so much more than we can by ourselves. I am happy to say that you have all become some of my very best friends! We just GET each other when others just don't understand our crazy, our busy, and our passion. I am so blessed to have you ladies by my side...learning, sharing, laughing, loving, growing, and DREAMING BIG TOGETHER! 

 

Let's get acquainted!

This past week I have launched my rebranded and refreshed business! With that came a new website, new pricing, new products, and primarily whole new outlook on my business! I did all of this because I want to be the very best for my clients...that's YOU! Since this is the FIRST EVER blog post, I decided to start with a little bit about myself, my family (those cuties in the pictures below) and a little about why I do what I do! So here it goes....

I am the owner and lead photographer of Samantha Lynn Photography. I have been married to the love of my life for almost 6 years now and we have two beautiful children, Melody & Elliot! My family is my joy, and my job is my passion, but above all I love Jesus! He is the source of my happiness and my strength!

 

What else do I love besides photography?

Leading worship with my husband at City Church, watching my children play and giggle with one another, coffee(because of my children), softball, Pinterest, trying new recipes, decorating my home, shopping at Target and everything chocolate!   

Why photography?

My children are a huge part of why I do photography. I loved it before I had them, but once we had our daughter in 2012, the reason completely changed. The fact that I can capture and keep these ever fleeting moments in my children's lives means the world to me. I never want to forget anything about them and seeing them grow and capturing it in a photograph is so important to me. This passion carries over to you and the weddings and sessions I shoot. All I want more than anything is for you to look back at your photographs and feel those same emotions and connections that you felt when they were taken.

I am also an extremely emotional person which is why I love shooting weddings so much. I have been known to tear up many times from behind the camera...especially at those first glances a bride and groom share and father daughter dances. Those are my weakness. The emotional connection I build with you as a client will allow me to document those moments in a unique and beautiful way.

^That seriously took me two and a half days to write! No, I am not exaggerating! I think the fact that I feel so deeply about the things I love and how that ties into the photographs I take was very difficult for me to put into words! I hope now you understand a little more about me and why I love my job so stinkin' much!

 

-Samantha