Laying it all out there….

So, I’m skipping a few posts but this one seems appropriate for the week.  It’s going to be a long one…. just a warning.  Two years ago, this September, I lost my job.  I held my head high and walked away.  It wasn’t expected.  I had never had a disciplinary warning, not even a talking to.  It was time to figure out what the next step was going to be.  Audrey was just a few months old, Riley was in Pre-K.  Rich’s job was never guaranteed as a teacher.  Life was in limbo.  Nothing in life is guaranteed, especially now.  Not gonna lie, but I was majorly depressed.  What person with a Masters Degree collects unemployment???  Me.   And I was devastated and extremely embarrassed.

My Aunt (who hates being named on the internet 🙂 ha!) said, you know this is your shot to do something with your photography.  I always had my camera and took pictures of EVERYTHING!  Well, I sat on the idea for a while.  Actually, a long while.  I just continued to follow photographers on Facebook and just dream away.  Well, the opportunity came to do something. I was asked if I knew anyone to shoot a family friend’s wedding.  I offered and they hired me.  I upgraded my camera and went for it.  AND, I loved it.  I continued to dabble here and there, and just went with it.  I always had the looming of unemployment never being enough but I was grateful to be able to try something new and when all was said and done and NYS cut me off, I would be ready to take my hobby to the next level.

In the last two years, I have shot weddings, newborns, families, children, head shots, and even second shot for other photographers.  I met an amazing photographer, Amy Hedges (you’ll continue hear a lot about her since she’s the one who gave me the swift kick in the arse to really move on this), and we have become quite close.  Yeah, you should watch out for this duo.  Just sayin’.  Anywho, this brings me to this week.  My unemployment was ended.  No warning.  Just nothing.  They ran out of funding.  Great.  Awesome.  Super.  For those of you who don’t know, I’m also in nursing school and a birth doula.  So, I’m definitely not just sitting around and waiting for the next great thing.  Disclaimer:  This is not to be a pity party or any sort of feel bad for Heather deal.  And, please don’t.  I’m just sharing.

Right now, I’m laying in my backyard, watching my two and six year olds run around their swing set chasing butterflies.   Today marks a new day, a new beginning, a faster green light than expected, but I’m running with it.  I’ll be filing for all of my official business paperwork within the next week.   It will be real.  Heather Eddings Photography.  The real deal. It is the beginning, and I’m still learning.  Stick with me and you’ll see my life and other’s lives become part of your lives.  I can’t promise there won’t be mistakes and hiccups, but I am going to do my best.

With all that being said….. I now give you…… Heather Eddings Photography.  Official and ready to rock and roll.  🙂

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Hey, remember me?

WHOA!  It’s been a dog’s age since I’ve posted anything.  So much has happened in the last few months, I need to catch ya’ll up!  Let’s see, 2012…. I don’t even know where to begin.  Last year I decided to jump into this fine art of photography.  I didn’t really have a clue as to what I was doing, just wanted to give it a try.  You can see what I shot last year so I won’t re-hash it all.  Good stuff, but 2012 is going to be and has been, so much better!  My blog in the next weeks will be reconnecting and sharing the growth and love from the last 7 months.  I’ve been busy.

First, let me say that I’ve made a new friend.  I’ve followed photographers before, but one always stuck out at me as a true inspiration.  Her work spoke to me.  She captured moments that, even though I had no idea who the clients were, tugged at my heart.  People who know me know that I wear my heart on my sleeve, and I felt that this photographer, whom I followed religiously, did as well.  One day, she posted that she was looking for a second shooter.  My heart stopped.  I wanted to be THAT person.  We had emailed back and forth about sessions and she guided me through email for my first wedding, so she vaguely knew who I was.  I sent in my “portfolio” and hoped for the best.  Well, I’m officially her second shooter now.  Best.  Experiences. Ever.  We met at Starbucks and the rest is history.  A great mentor and amazing friend.  Oh, and you need to check her out, by the way.  www.ahedgesphotography.com  Amy is amazing!!!  Like her on Facebook (A. Hedges Photography), visit her blog (leave comments, she LOVES that!), and visit her site!  She has pushed and challenged me more than ever and I am so grateful.  Rich, my husband, isn’t a fan of the $$$$ that has left my wallet in regards to Amy’s urge to grow my arsenal of camera bodies, lenses, and supplies….. But, so worth it!

So, thank you, Amy, for taking me under your wing and allowing me to work with you.  It is a complete honor and I am so grateful!
(Really, you need to check her out!!!)

Amy, Rebecca (Amy’s assistant), and I at our last wedding. Havin’ a little fun on the job! What, we’re allowed!