As a senior in college and a small business owner, I have faced quite a few changes and challenges this year. First, my junior year was cut short after returning from studying abroad, making my stay on campus less than 2 months for the 19-20 school year. When covid-19 hit in March, all I could think about was schoolwork and my business. Thankfully my first wedding of 2020 was not until May; however, it was pushed back until July.
I finished out my junior year online, and then got hard at work accommodating my clients and doing my best to be a resource for those dealing with the rescheduling and postponing processes. I am so blessed that the majority of my clients chose to have micro-weddings (what can I say? I just attract those carefree and go-with-the-flow clients!), so I only had 3 reschedules. My wedding calendar actually remained full for 2020.
This year, I was able to take a step back and focus on my business and growth, along with 2021 goals and aspirations. All summer I spent my days reading books, communicating with clients, and taking on as many shoots as possible (socially distanced of course). When fall came around, I returned to school, virtually, and found a newfound love for working with nonprofits. I also attended workshops and invested in my business so that I can be the best business owner and photographer I can be.
All in all, my 2020 was not that bad. And I am praising God for keeping my calendar full and my heart happy. Yes, I had to adjust and stay at home away from friends. Yes, I was not able to see family. Yes, I had to rework my business processes and work harder to keep a consistent income. Yes, I actually ended up contracting covid and had to isolate alone for 14 days. Yes, there were times when I felt lonely and sad.
BUT. I was able to spend more time outside. I was able to strengthen my relationship with the Lord. I was able to try new hobbies (cooking and snowshoeing are my favorites). I was able to pour more of my heart and soul into my business. I was able to connect with clients on another level. Best of all, I took a couple road trips (Montana and Northern MN) and worked on my own relationships with my boyfriend and family. AND I witnessed hope. I saw my community come together and I watched my mom receive the covid vaccine. THERE IS A LIGHT.
I have attached just a few my favorite photos from 2020. So many weddings, so many couples, a few trips, and a butt-load of memories.
Thank you, 2020. I think we all needed to learn to take a step back and let God take control.