I started this business when they were 9 months old. I think back to that time – I was so nervous. What if this business failed? What if no one would hire me? Or the worst – what if everyone hated my work…
I was working at an office job, and while it was a great job with good benefits and decent pay – after paying for childcare I would only be taking home a few hundred dollars. I couldn’t justify it. And I didn’t want to. I wanted to stay home with my girls. My husband was the one who pushed me to pursue photography. Like many others, I had dabbled in photography during high school and college. I had a few friends that had started their own business, and I thought – if they can, why cant I? So when I decided this was my path – I dove in head first. I became obsessed. I stayed up till 2:00 am most nights learning and researching. Reading my camera’s manual, editing programs, editing techniques, posing tips, clothing options, scouting locations, business insurance, lenses and where to buy them and SO MUCH MORE. I wanted to produce images that my clients would treasure for years to come while also making an income that my family would use towards groceries and gas.
Part of me started this business for them. To show them that being a SAHM doesn’t mean you put your goals and passions on hold. That woman can have their own successful businesses. That they don’t have to be a afraid to try new things. I wanted them to see that my life didn’t revolve around them.
But the other part of me started this business for me. To show myself that I can create art. That I am talented at the things I set my mind towards. I wanted the best of both worlds.
Yesterday I sent them off to Preschool. It has me feeling very nostalgic. I was able to wipe every tear, make every breakfast, read every book, hold every hand – because of the income I made building this business. Even though I still have another little guy in the home during the day, I feel like this is the end of an era. I will have more time to focus on me and my business. It’s exciting and hopeful. I want big things for my photography. I want to create big, beautiful, bold pieces of art.
I am excited for the future of ANP and I am so excited for the future of Bonnie Mae and Charlotte Dee.