• Sarah Smith

The Beginning...


Hi guys! I honestly can't believe it's taken me this long to start a photography blog. I mean, I've been meaning to for months now and here I am, finally doin' dis thing. I'm SO STOKED that you're here with me, it's a pretty crazy journey, ya know, starting and running a business. It's not something I ever thought I'd do. But, let's be real, I've always known the 9-5 life just ain't for me. I just didn't know it would land me in my own photography business, ya feel?


So I figured I would start from the beginning and give y'all the inside scoop on my story and how the heck I even ended up here. Sooo here we go...

After I graduated high school, I went on to the University of Hartford as a psychology major. I didn't like school, like, at all. By the time I realized that I didn't actually HAVE to go to college, I was so far into it, I decided I should probably just finish my degree, so that's what I did. I graduated a semester early with my bachelors degree in psychology. From there, I got a job in my field, and it took two and a half weeks for me to realize that that wasn't where my life was headed. So, I quit.

Then I went on to get a full time nannying job. Child care has always been something I loved, so I figured this was the best thing for me to do while I figured out what my passions were and how I could make them into a career. About 6 or 7 months into my nannying job, I realized that the whole 40 hour work week thing just wasn't my style. I desired more out of life and wanted to spend more of my time doing things for myself.


I needed to act fast, because I knew there needed to be a change, like, right then and there. So I went on some local Facebook groups and started posting about doing heavily discounted photo sessions to build my portfolio. I had a basic DSLR camera and had been messing around with taking photos of friends and family, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I was blown away by the response. I had a flood of comments and messages from people interested in booking a shoot with me, so I rolled with it. If I'm being honest, I didn't ever think it would turn into much of anything, although I dreamed that it would. I was just going with the flow and seeing where it took me.


Now, here I am, almost a year later, running a successful photography business. I am SO FREAKING GRATEFUL for all of this. Every friend, family member, client, and person who has given me an opportunity and believed in my dreams. Like, I get to connect with beautiful humans and capture beautiful moments for them for a living. How cool is that?!?!


Before this, I had no background in photography or business. It's been such a difficult and rewarding journey thus far and I wouldn't change any of it for the world. I recently had a conversation with a man at a wedding I was shooting at and I'll never forget what he said after I told him that I'm entirely self taught. He told me that "if you don't start from the bottom, you don't learn as much." So. Much. Truth.


My advice to anyone reading this right now, go do the thing. If there's something you've always wanted to try, something you've always wanted to do, or a dream you've always had, chase it. Give it a shot. See where it takes you. If anything, you'll learn something from it. And what's better than a lesson learned from chasing a dream and stepping out of a comfort zone? But really though, if you keep trying and failing, and trying again, you'll eventually succeed. The only thing that that separates someone who fails and someone who succeeds, is that the successful person didn't give up. I appreciate your presence here more than you know, and I can't wait to see where else this journey takes me, and the waves I'll create in the world. Here's to dream chasing, a desire for more, and a business run off of passion and soul.


All my love,

xx Sarah