Welcome to 2017 with Vanessa G. Photography! It seems like 2016 just flew by, didn’t it? Sometimes it’s hard to believe that VGP has been a full time retail studio now for over 7 years. The beginning was so hard. I remember working 60-80 hour weeks and being completely overwhelmed with a new business and a tiny baby and a 3 year old at home. I ate, breathed, and dreamed about photography. Growing a business is not for the faint of heart and requires a tremendous amount of sacrifice. I’ve hired several part time employees, a few full time employees, and even another photographer at one point. The more you add to the mix, the more complicated it becomes. There’s all those extra taxes and paperwork, and all the personalities to manage. I’m officially back to a one woman show now, mostly due to finally getting control of my work load and saying ‘no’ to things I really didn’t have a passion for doing anymore. It’s been a great transition for me as a business owner. 2016 really forced me to assess what was important and to put focus back on my family where it had been lacking. I can honestly say that for the first time since I began this journey, 2016 was the year that I worked a normal number of hours, or less, and spent time with my children when the opportunity arrived instead of working on my to-do list at the office just a little longer. I’ve streamlined everything about VGP to the point that turn around times are super fast and a lot of the hands on tasks are now automated to make that possible. Everything I do now is with intention, and I’m feeling proud of that.
I’m still photographing several different types of sessions, but now purposely focusing more of my time on my favorite subjects: Newborns. Just this week I had a ‘moment’ in the studio working with a sweet baby boy. Mom and dad were completely trusting of me and even let me work with him in the studio alone. When it was just he and I, I stared at his sweet face and talked to him like I do every newborn baby. Yes, I know he doesn’t understand me and won’t talk back, but it’s part of the process for me. Our meeting and greeting and getting a sense of one another. Often I’m speaking in a soft tone that is probably inaudible to those in the studio with me. There is always this feeling that this person’s soul is so fresh and new, that one of the last conversations he had before ours, was with God. These tiny little people always feel like a gift and there is never a newborn session when I don’t have that ‘moment’ where I feel a spiritual consciousness of how we are all connected to something bigger than ourselves right from the very beginning of our lives. You have to have a deep appreciation for life to really love working with a newborn baby. They are cute and cuddly and new and special, but more than that, they are freshly appointed with a soul and a life from our Creator. In those sessions, I feel the most relaxed and peaceful and purposeful about what I am doing.
Thank you for following along on my journey. I hope to see you again soon.
See more of the Newborn’s we’ve photographed HERE.
MORE ABOUT OUR STUDIO:
Vanessa G. Photography always has the goal of turning your most precious memories in life into art works for you to cherish on display in your home for a lifetime. We never want you to forget the milestones in life. Those happy times that define you, that changed you, and molded you into the person you are destined to become. We serve clients form Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC to Wilmington, NC and the coast. We operate by appointment only so that we can dedicate 100% of our time to you, making you our most important person, when you are in our studio. Our client’s have made us thankful to have been able to create photography treasures for their families, and their words have touched our heart. We’d love to do the same thing for you, and earn your words of praise by making sure you enjoy every aspect of your experience with us. If you are in need of a newborn photographer in Fayetteville, we are the only Certified Professional Photographer in your area specializing in newborn photography.
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