Posted on March 8, 2012

About a week ago everything in life was going on at a normal pace, with normal activities and day to day tasks. Then our lives got shaken around a bit, rearranged and just changed altogether. The changes that have come our way are very good changes and welcome changes. Although these changes are coming about much sooner than we had planned we rest in the fact that our lives are not our own and that God has His plans and His timing. We were told on Friday of last week that we need to vacate our rental home by April 1st or sign a new 12 month lease with a price increase. Panic set it. Where would we live? Would we have to put everything in storage and find someone to put up with us for a month…or more? What were we going to do?

Back story: We had put an offer on a house the turned out to be a short sale…and if you know anything about short sales they are anything but short. We asked our landlords if we could get out of our rent a month early if need be, or rent month to month after our lease was up if need be. They misunderstood this and thought we bought a house and just wanted to stay one month longer, so they secured a renter for when our lease was up. There’s more to what went on but it doesn’t really matter so I’m not going to get into it.

We decided in February to continue looking at houses in case the short sale did not come out in our favor. We found one or two that we thought would work for our family. One would be perfect for me to have a studio with a seperate entrance and the other would be a great home for our family but without much room for my business. When we found out that we needed to vacate our rental home by April 1st we had some serious discussions. One of those discussions lead us to put an offer on the home that would be great for our family but without a lot of room for my business. The offer was countered and we accepted. Part of the offer was that we would be able to occupy by March 30th and that was accepted as well. Praise God that He has lead us this whole way and that His timing is perfect.

On Thursday night while attending Financial Peace University at our church I had many thoughts running through my mind. “What can I sell? What kind of job could I get to help supplement the family’s income? My business is stressing me out and not going anywhere.” When I got home that evening we had the discussion about which home we could/should buy since we knew we needed to make a decision quickly. When it came time to talk about my business and my offering to get a waitressing job a couple of nights a week it all came out. I no longer wanted to deal with the stress of trying to re-start/run my own business. No longer did I want to have the pressure of finding the right clients who understood my passion and desire for great photography. No longer did I want to feel the pressure of having to make sure I made enough money each month to help put my children in private school. Trying to raise three small children and raise a business was getting to be too much for me. I just couldn’t handle it.

When the time to talk came the tears came as well. I wanted to be free of the stress from running a business but I never wanted to stop capturing priceless memories for my friends and clients alike. I know that right now I can’t handle the business side anymore so I’ve decided to hang up my JT Photography shoes. At least for a while. The statistics of new photographers starting out and how quickly they fail came into my mind and I felt like another statistic. I felt like I’ve failed at my dream. I felt like I would be labeled. But I remembered that I have been working part-time as a photographer for over 10 years. I remembered my dream of being a mother, my dream of being a stay at home mom. I remembered my dream of doing something I love because I LOVE it and not because I need to help put my kids in private school. I know that I’m not a failure. I know that this is a season in life and that while I may feel I’m giving up my dream I’m really just putting it on hold. I will not be putting my camera away. I will still be photographing my family and my friends’ families. I just will not be persuing new clients. I will shoot limited sessions when family time allows.

This website will remain online. I have the domain name and I’m not going to loose it. I have just renewed my website too, so I’ll re-evaluate keeping it or not when the time to renew comes up again. I am not sure what I will do with my facebook page…I’m still praying about that one. On my personal facebook page I had “liked” so many photography related businesses to enter contests and giveaways and I’m pretty sure that I have “unliked” most of them so that I am not constantly reminded of the business. I still have my few favorite photographers whose pages I will always like and that won’t change. This is painful for me and makes me cry just thinking about it. But the stress relief that I feel from not having to produce big bucks for my family is a HUGE weight off my shoulders. The relief that I won’t have to spend time a ton of time editing late into the evenings, that I will be more present in the moment with my kids and not worried about how I’ll get my next session booked is a HUGE relief. I look forward to when photography becomes new to me again and not just something that has to be done in order to make money. I know I still have a lot to learn about photography and I will use the time away from persuing my business to learn and learn and learn.

I will be looking for a part-time waitressing job (like I stated earlier) in order to help with the family finances. I actually enjoy waitressing and feel that a couple nights a week of waitressing will not be stressful to me but will be a time to let Greg hang out with the kids, let me meet some new people and earn some money for the family. And that’s the kind of job that I can leave there. No work to take home. No photos to edit, sales to make etc. But I do look forward to still having my camera handy, and photographing my loved ones. I hope to start regularly blogging again soon too…but probably not until we have made the move at the end of this month to our new home!!!!

Lots of changes. But we know that one thing remains the same and that is Jesus Christ. He is the same yesterday, today and forever!!!





Posted on August 2, 2011

{Jackson, TN Wedding Photographer}

I am thrilled to be able to show you today a great product from a great company. KISS Wedding Books makes gorgeous albums and I want to show you why. I have tried a few different wedding album vendors and have decided that KISS Albums are the way to go for my amazing clients. These wedding albums start and end with two page spreads…no more weird first and last pages that you’re not exactly sure what to do with. There is no gutter in these albums so the 12×12 albums are actually 12×24 layouts, which means lots of photographic territory for your wedding memories. The leather on these albums is incredible. It’s like they put a comfy leather couch on your wedding album. Thus making you want to sink into a comfy chair, pull out your wedding album time and time again to relive the most important day of your life. These awesome albums also come inside a “swank” cloth dust-cover. I cannot wait to help you capture the memories from your wedding day and preserve them for you in this incredible album from KISS Wedding Books.

Here are some photos of the album that I designed for the amazing Karla and Jason. I really do love designing albums and cannot wait to help you pick the photographs that you want showcased in your wedding album. Don’t worry if you’re already married, we can work on an album for your coffee table too! Give me a call and book your session so we can make a gorgeous book for your gorgeous coffee table (because trust me, this is not an album you’re going to want to put on a shelf).

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This is a 12×12 White Leather Album! beautiful!!!

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I also made a small 4×4 album using the same designs so Karla would be able to carry their wedding album in her purse! I wish I had a small copy of my wedding album!

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Posted on November 6, 2010

{San Antonio Wedding Photographer}

Did you know that I offer gift certificates?
Well, I do and you can purchase them in any amount that you’d like.
My friend (and client) Lydia purchased a gift certificate for her friend Betsy.
Lydia wanted Betsy to be able to have some bridal portraits so she made sure it would happen.
I am thrilled to have my clients refer me to their friends and it means even more
when they buy gift certificates for their friends.

Betsy and I met at the San Antonio Museum of Art and didn’t see one piece of art…
because we just stayed outside and walked around by the Museum Reach area of the Riverwalk.
It was beautiful…every part of it, the Riverwalk, the weather, the bride!
Lots of people were out taking their walks, exercizing, biking, and just strolling on the Riverwalk.
I think every person that walked by congratulated Betsy, asked when the big day was and told her how beautiful she was.
It was hard to not tell them all that she’s been married for two months!

After the wedding bridal sessions and/or bride and groom sessions are SO MUCH FUN!
The pressure is off, the dress has been worn, the shoes are broken in, and the excitement is still fresh.
This session with Betsy was a blast, we hit it off immediately and had fun finding new spots to capture her bridal beauty.

Betsy, thank you so much for allowing me to capture these beautiful timeless moments for you.
I have so many great photographs from our session and can’t wait for you to see them all.
I really hope you’re happy with how they turned out.
Thanks for the fun morning and for being willing to try anything!
Enjoy your sneak peek!

Check this out…her wedding dress has POCKETS! How cool is that?betsy-arches

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She has the most gorgeous eyes!betsy-eyes

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Posted on November 3, 2010

{San Antonio Wedding Photographer}

Often times my clients will ask me what is the best way to get most of my images in print?
My answer to them is to get an album!
I offer albums from two different companies with many different size options.
I design all my albums and allow my clients to “proof” them before they are printed.

This album is a 5×5 and a perfect brag book.
Consider ordering an album with all your favorite images from your session…
it’s the best way to get most of your images in print!

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Posted on September 4, 2010

(San Antonio Photography: Products and gifts)

I know I haven’t been posting much lately.
I think I have a good excuse…I’m about ready to have this third child of mine,
and it’s zapping my energy, not to mention the two little ones that are already running around.

I will be taking the month of October off completely,
so please call me today to book your sessions,
Christmas will be here before we know it and we all know its good to think about it early…
get your family photos done, and we can get some cards designed and ordered and you’ll be ahead of the game!

I wanted to take a few posts and show you some of the great products and gift items that JT Photography has to offer.
Some of these products would make great Christmas gifts for your family as well.

Jason and Karla ordered a CD with their wedding collection and I was excited to make them a custom CD case.
These cases are top quality and look and feel amazing.
They have a magnetic closure that is nice and strong.
They are easy to customize with your favorite photos from a session.
These CD cases will come complimentary to anyone who purchases a CD from their session.
CD’s are not included in any of my collections but can be added to any of them for an additional fee.
If you just order a couple of images however, you will not receive the CD case,
this is only for full session CD orders.

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