Self-Employment | Months 8 & 9

Ok, the fact that two months are in one post -and the post is being written in the middle of month 10- should give you a glimpse into how busy things have been lately.  The scary part is, it's all about to slow waaaaaaaayyy down.  My last wedding of the season is in just a few short weeks and I don't have much booked after that.  As scary as it is, I'm also kinda looking forward to it.  I'd like to book a few family sessions during that time but I'm also planning on spending time working on a new part of the business.

I want to start focusing my portrait work on photographing women.  Almost in a modern-day glamor sort of way.  But when I say "glamor," I mean magazine-worthy glamor not big-hair-soft-focus-early-90s glamor.  In other words, these aren't your mom's glamor shots.  I'm talking about editorial, fashion-inspired, glammed up portraits of women looking and feeling their absolute best.

So many of us struggle with insecurities and body self-consciousness.  Everyday, I think about whether a certain outfit hides my jiggly bits or emphasizes them.  Whether the cut of a particular sleeve makes my arms look fat.  Whether anyone else can see those little lines under my eyes.  What I wouldn't give for a couple of hours and few photos of me at my most confident.  My ultimate best.  I want to give that to other women.

I think this type of work will compliment my wedding photography as well.  Brides-to-be can come in and have a session with their mothers, their sisters, their best friends.  Imagine coming into a cozy space where you'll get your hair done, a little make-up, maybe have a glass of wine.  Put on your best outfit - you know the one.  The one that makes you feel like you could take on the world.  Then spend an hour or two taking photos worthy of a magazine cover.  Photos you'd be proud to show the world because, let's face it, you look damn good!  Then go out for a night on the town, a hot date with your Love, or your bachelorette party.

Or maybe you want to do a shoot on your own.  You want something more directly connected to your wedding day.  Well, you love your dress, right?  You love it so much, you wish you could wear it again.  But when?  Where?  Why not come on over, have your beautiful bridal look recreated (or play with a new look) and rock that dress like it's a shoot for Modern Bride?

The thought of pursuing this genre of women's portraits and figuring out how I can make it all work is beyond exciting - but also a little scary.  There are about a million steps to get it going - not the least of which is finding a studio space and figuring out how to actually afford it.  When I started the business, I thought I'd get a studio in 3-5 years, not after just 1 year.  I have no idea how it's going to work out.  But I pretty sure that, somehow, it will.

And now - if you've actually read this far - you know what I've been doing in between shooting, editing, marketing, accounting, meeting with potential/current clients, stressing about upcoming taxes, and trying to still work out, have a personal life and play with Molly (of course).  It's been crazy.  I feel like I'm behind in life and there aren't enough hours in the day for me to catch up.  But I love it all and especially the potential it brings with it.  Even if it means I get a month or two behind on posts. :)


  1. LOVE this idea! Man, if you were in Christchurch I would totally do this!!

  2. this all sounds so exciting - i think it's a great idea and hope you find a studio space that works for you (and your budget!)

  3. It's a great idea, if I lived nearby, I would definitely come and have you take my picture. Would love to find someone over here who does the same. Perfect celebration of our beauty and strength!

  4. I'm really glad that things are going so well for you - it's truly inspiring and I'm looking forward to seeing the growth to your business

  5. Being busy is always a good sign, especially these days. I remember when we were talking last December (?) about you starting your business and to see how well you're doing makes me so proud of you!!!

    I love your idea of women portraits. And it has so many possibilities/uses too.

    I'm excited for you!!

  6. This has been a really big year for you and I've loved reading your monthly updates on Self-Employment...what an inspiring read for other creative types with artistic endeavors. Good for you for making it happen!

    Happy to read that business is doing well and keeping you busy...and even more excited that you're branching out! I can't wait to see some of your work as you roll it out! Yay Stephanie! :)

    BTW, I freaking love that photo of Molly. Her little hands all splayed out like that had me laughing out loud. Sweet little piggy.

  7. I mean, what a beautiful choice and line of work. Not to mention, that is quite an untapped, targeted market. I mean, women love to look beautiful, and it's amazing what a good eye, a great lens and a stroke of confidence can do for us!

  8. What an exciting new adventure! I love that you'll get to give women a confidence boost. We most definitely love to look beautiful, and who hasn't thought of gracing the cover of a magazine before?! It's nice having someone make you feel all dolled up, and what better than to capture that moment in photos.

  9. My dream is when I eventually visit San Francisco, I want to have a photo session with you! :) And this great new part of your photography is something that I look forward to in your blog :)


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