Let me start by saying this: I have been a full-time photographer for 3 years now. I have also worked

Let me start by saying this: 

I have been a full-time photographer for 3 years now. I have also worked a full-time job for 2 of those 3 years.

Let me also say this:

I no longer work a full-time preschool job on top of my photography business.

NOW, I’m going to fill in the many blanks that need to be explained. 🙂

Are you ready? 

One week ago, I finished my last day at the preschool working my full-time position. It was a rough day because I knew I was going to miss everyone there so much. I really have been blessed by the teachers I worked with and the amazing kids and families there. They really made my time there wonderful, so I knew saying goodbye was not going to be an easy task.

While it was hard to leave a place of comfort and security, it was so encouraging to have the support of so many people. As I was saying my goodbyes, the parents and teachers were so kind. They believe in me and are excited to see me pursue this next chapter. It makes me feel like I can accomplish anything and I will hold on to their encouragement through hard times. It’s amazing what a little faith can bring out in people.

Am I scared out of my mind? Absolutely. Could I fail miserably? Of course. But at least I’m trying. And if I do fail, at least I’ll know I gave it all I had.

That being said, I will still have a job working a few hours in the mornings because HEY! Health insurance and other bills are expensive! AMIRIGHT??!! Ain’t nobody got time for that nonsense! The place I’ll be at is super flexible and understands my crazy photography schedule.

I’m excited to have more time to dedicate to my business and serve my couples to the best of my ability. Oh man! Y’all have no idea how excited I am!!! Yes, I still have a ways to go, but look at how far I’ve come. And if you’re in my shoes right now, keep on fighting for it. It’s worth it! Those late nights, those long hours, that daily grind, it’s always worth it. You can do it!

NOW, I just need to utilize my extra hours to the fullest! I’ve made sure to do that this week. I’ve been to the post office, run errands, edited pictures, written blog posts, had meetings, and later today I’m heading to Pennsylvania for a wedding. Whoop! All in a days work! 😉

With every new chapter comes a learning curve. I need to have set office hours now and actually enjoy a book in the evening! I finally finished a book that I’ve been trying to read since September. It was AWESOME! You guys, little things like that have me so excited. You have no idea how many times I’ve tried to read a book, and never get to finish. And you guys don’t understand how many nights I would literally fall asleep on my computer. I would wake up with the indentations of the keyboard on the side of my face. Real talk, y’all.

To recap: I’m taking a chance. I’m working hard and taking that leap of faith until God tells me otherwise.  No, I’m not fully self-employed. The real world is expensive. But I’m trying. Maybe one day. This is still super big for me and I’m so excited! If you’re excited too, let’s get together and hang out. We can jump up and down and squeal like we’re at a T. Swizzle concert. It will be fabulous! 🙂

That’s all for now. Don’t stop believin’ 😉

Virginia Wedding Photographer


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  • YAY! I’m so excited for this big news Ashley!! You’re such a rockstar and can’t wait to see all that will come with this exciting change!

  • Congratulations! You did an amazing job at my daughter’s wedding in May. Best of luck to you.

  • Looking forward to seeing you at Morgan’s wedding.
    Meanwhile. …praying for success in this new adventure!

  • Yayyy! This was an awesome post and I can only hope to be where you are in the near future. It’s pretty neat to have someone to look up to in their business and use as a guide, thank you for being that leader AND boss lady 🙂 Lets be real, you’re gonna rock this!

  • Best of luck to you!! From the pictures I’ve seen, there is no doubt you will be very successful. Just beautiful! I can’t wait to see all the pictures of the Whiteley Wedding!!!

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