Day 3030 – Three Year Work Anniversary!

Three years ago today, I signed my first client for freelance work! It’s been such a blessing. All of my clients have been so great with being flexible with me this week.

Here’s a photo from our one year anniversary!

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Day 2990 – Six Years Ago Today Was My First…

What happened six years ago today for the first time? My very first wedding as a full time wedding photographer. I’m so thankful for these two and am glad we’ve stayed in touch over the years! Happy anniversary!

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Day 2982 – The Dark Side Of Freelancing – or – Six Years Freelancing

Scrolling through my On This Day today, I noticed I started each post the same “I can’t believe….I cannot believe….etc….I’ve been a freelancer for XXX years” And to be fair, I still can’t believe this is my life, working as a freelancer. Having complete freedom of my days and my schedule. Being responsible for making my income. There are a few things I might change over the past few years. I would drink way less, I would have increased our fees for photography sooner and more gradually. Then again, everything I’ve gone through has made me who I am today, and I really like myself and how I’ve grown. But there are things that aren’t that pretty about freelancing. There are some really hard things.

– It is much harder to make money. I have made more than half of what I made at my 9-5 jobs.
– There are stretches where I don’t shower for a few days. It’s a “well, why bother?” attitude.
– It is incredibly lonely. I can go days without seeing anyone other than Bret, librarians, and cashiers.
– There is a sharp increase of self-doubt.
– Not too many people will understand what you’re going through.
– There will be dozens…hundreds….thousands of people who do what you do who will do it cheaper.

I’ve also been considering how different my life would have been if I didn’t jump into full-time freelance work. Here are a few things I would have missed out on.

– Travel. Hands down, this has been the best outcome of freelancing. I can up and go when I want. I probably would not have taken as many cross country road trips as I have if I was still “workin’ for the man.”
– More time with Bret, stress free. When I was working a 9-5, and building a business on the evenings and weekends, there was very little time to hang out with Bret. And when we would hang out, there was always the tug of things I should be doing. There was always stress.
– I wouldn’t have had the time I have now to help Bret build his real estate investing business. I can devote time now to getting things organized and running smoothly so he can focus on what he does best.
– I wouldn’t have met all of the amazing business owners at meet ups, conferences, and weddings.
– I would have been plagued with lots of what if questions.
– I probably wouldn’t have written two books.

Are there sacrifices I’ve made to freelance? Oh baby yea. But I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Here’s to another 6 years freelancing!

This is from my first wedding as a full-time freelancer. 🙂

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Day 2617 – FIVE Years As A Freelancer…..What??

I cannot believe it has been five years since I’ve worked a “normal” job. What a ride it’s been!

In the last five years, I’ve done the following:
– I photographed 25 weddings
– I closed my photography business
– I started working for two AMAZING photographers
– We moved 3 times
– We drove across the country four times
– Almost finished a book

Thank you all for following along on this journey! Here’s to the next 5 years!

This was taken the day after I left my 9-5 job!

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