It has been a few months now since I quit my full-time job to focus on freelance work and photography. The decision and the time leading up to my last day was scary, exciting, daunting, nerve-wrecking, and relieving all wrapped up in one. I hoped that the day after my job ended, I would know whether or not I made the right decision. But, truthfully, the time since my last day has been a lot of the same, conflicting emotions I had for so many months leading up to my decision to resign.
I was really worried about getting bored. Not having enough to do. Worrying about not contributing to our family, not having employer-provided health insurance, not having an active 401k.
But, I am so blessed that so many of you have trusted me to work on your wedding invitations, family photos, Christmas cards, fundraising and event materials, websites, and so much more.
This week, I wrapped up several projects I’ve been working on. As I held the finished products in my hand, I had such a peace come over me that I made the right decision to focus on this business.
To show my deep, profound appreciation, I’m giving away a free mini-session, with a print release for your favorite image from the session and a custom Facebook cover photo – a $125 value.
Entering the giveaway is easy!
Like Andrus Williams Creative on Facebook
Share the giveaway image on your Facebook timeline
(Bonus entry for those who read my blog – leave a comment below!)
I’ll pick a winner on Monday night (November 11, 2013). The session must be booked by May 11, 2014 and is subject to availability. Additional fees may be assigned for travel outside of Dalhart, TX.
Congratulations to Rinnell Yoder, who won the giveaway!
Again – thank you all so much for your love and support.
One of my goals for 2013 is to complete a photo a day challenge, kinda like my happiness project from last year. But, I’ve decided to go all in and do a 365 project. A photo a day. For a year.
I started last week on my birthday. I decided not to have much of a theme, other than documenting daily life in all of its mundane but wonderful moments. Like visiting the farm with Russell, getting flowers from a friend, walking through my flower beds, playing with my dogs, drinking coffee. Simple moments that make up a life to be thankful for.
When I first started getting into photography, I took pictures of every silly little thing I could – and never did anything with those photos. Now, they’re sitting on an external hard drive, barely even a distant memory. Then I switched to only taking photos of the “big” events, mostly trips, and completely ignoring the daily details of life. So, now trying to enter a new phase – capturing all of life, big and small, and actually doing something with the images.
I’ll post some of the photos on my blog, but the full archive can be found here: http://www.andruswilliams.com/my27.
It seems this year that resolutions really got a lot of bad press. So many people had terrible things to say about resolutions – why wait until January 1st to start something, no one follows them, they’re completely forgotten by March… I asked so many people if they set resolutions this year – and only one person reported that they did.
I’m kinda sorta overly obsessed with setting goals, but I’ve never really been into New Year’s Resolutions. I like to reflect and goal-set around my birthday instead of the calendar year. My birthday just has more meaning to me than January 1st. But, given the bad rap resolutions were getting, I couldn’t help myself and came up with 13 projects I want to complete in 2013. And, since I think writing down and sharing goals helps you stick to them, here they are:
- Organize my office closet
- Clean and organize my garage
- Work out 3 times a week
- Take a daily multivitamin
- Complete a photo a day challenge
- Organize my closet
- Frame and hang art from my travels
- Create a Hawaii photo book
- Stick to our family budget
- Improve my front flower beds
- Try container gardening
- Finish discs 1 and 2 of Rosetta Stone
In addition to the branding work that I’ve done for B. Whimsy, I’ve been taking tons of photographs for them to show off the awesome clothes, floral arrangements, and home decor items they have in the store. (Visit their website or Facebook page for more photos.)
To really show just how cute their clothes are, we’ve had a few photo shoots. It was really fun to think about photography in a commercial way – thinking about how to best show off the clothes, while still trying to capture portraits that the girls would be proud to see online. I’m really happy with how they turned out – and hope they are too!
Here are a few of the photos:
This is simply too sweet not to share.
19 :: Photography. I’ve always loved photos – looking at old family photos, taking endless pictures with my friends, and now composing and taking photographs. I love photographs because of the history they capture, the emotions they elicit, the art that they are. I love the challenge of creating and capturing a moment in time – and the satisfaction I have when I can actually turn a picture I have in my head into something I can hold in my hands.
07 :: Drinking wine. Outside. With my hubby. That’s really 3 things to be happy about – but, when combined, it’s pure bliss.
06 :: Carbs. Carbs make me really happy. Pasta. French bread. Chocolate cake. And these cookies.
05 :: My kitchen. It’s so pretty and light and functional. I absolutely love to cook and bake in this kitchen.
04 :: Sprouting seeds. In preparation for our spring and summer garden, we started some lettuce seeds last week. It’s so fun to watch the tiny plants appear from the soil and grow so much each day. I’m looking forward to another year of gardening!