Happy Birthday, Alison Mae Photography
Four years ago this week, something amazing happened. I was sitting behind a desk at a job that made me miserable, staring out at the view of a dumpster from my office window. “How’s that for a sign?” I laughed to myself as I typed my two weeks notice. It was the scariest thing I have ever done. After all, this was a stable paycheck. Was I really ready to rely totally on myself? Photography had always been something that I pursued with my full heart, but only part time. But something in me changed that day. I decided to stop letting fear control my life. I decided to stop working for someone else’s dream, and work for my own instead. Four years ago this week, something amazing happened. I found my strength.
There’s a certain magic that happens when you take that leap. It reminds me of the first time I went zip lining. I was terrified to step off the edge of the platform. I clung to the rope as tight as I could. My knees shook. I slowly stepped off with one foot and then the other. The feeling of free fall hit me immediately. I closed my eyes. I held my breath. And then I felt the tension in the rope as it held me – suspended in mid air – flying over the treetops. I opened my eyes and I couldn’t believe the view. The wind rushed over me and I could see for miles. It. Was. Awesome. On my second trip down the zip line, I stepped off that platform with little fear and with my eyes wide open. I didn’t want to miss a second.
Each time I try something new in my business these days, it’s a lot like that second trip on the zip line. A little fear, but mostly excitement. It looks a lot different than that first year in my business, but I’m still incredibly thankful for that first step off of the ledge. If I’d never taken it, I would still be so afraid of something I’ve grown to love so much. So if you are considering taking the leap like I did, I want to encourage you to do so. It might be difficult at first, but my goodness – it is so worth it. If wedding photography is your dream as well, be sure to read about my top five tips for becoming a wedding photographer.
So here’s to learning to enjoy the free fall and remembering to look up. Happy four years, AMP.