Six years ago today, Clagett Photography began.
Of course, I didn’t know it at the time. I thought I was just going to the home of a woman from my art class to take pictures of her grandson.
I had no idea that morning would quite literally change the course of my life.
You see, I was overwhelmed by how very much I loved the hour or so that I spent with little Gavin and his family. It was more than the joy of being behind the camera, creating images. I was investing my time and my energy in the life of a group of people, and I was able to give them a permanent reminder of a time that passes by so quickly it can take our breath away.
No long after that session, I realized that I had to make a choice. I could either start saying “no” to the dozens of families who were asking me to photograph them, or I would have to turn my photography hobby into my photography business.
Six years later, I have a career that I have found more fulfilling than I ever dreamed. I’ve discovered that I love the business side of my business as much as I love the creative side. And I’ve found new ways to invest in the lives of others through the business.
My photography hobby has become something that I’m now able to use to financially provide for my family, as well as to support other families–be it through a conversation that we have during a Consultation, or giving a family a genuinely fun time together taking pictures, or celebrating with a bride and groom on their wedding day, or through the donations that we get to make to Feeding America and Operation Smile and the other non-profit organizations we support.
Six years ago, I had no idea what 2015 was going to look like.
But I am truly grateful for where I am today, for Clagett Photography, and for the families who value what we do for them.
The images from that first session were far from perfect. Most of them were really pretty bad, by my standards. But I still show them today, because they represent where I began and the potential that we all have to be so much more than we know.
I can’t wait to see what the next six years hold.