Whoa. It's September. I'm not going to say it...well, actually I am, "Where did the summer go?" It was an awesome summer, that's for sure. You might have noticed a significant decrease, though, in personal posts on this blog. That wasn't intentional really--the long and short of it is that I spent most of the summer in Northern Michigan without a whole lot of access to internet, and the time I was in Grand Rapids, I was trying to catch up on wedding blogs, so I just slacked. Hopefully for those of you who are desperate to keep up with my personal life, you are following me on Instagram. That's where most of my day to day stories unfold and I've been working harder on developing my Twitter attitude too (it's not going too well. Mostly I just retweet negative things about Donald Trump).
Anyway, here we are, in September, the leaves are already changing up here in Empire and I'm preparing to head downstate to get back to the classroom. Yes, it's true--School starts TODAY. I can hardly believe it, but I'm going into my 12th year of teaching. It's really unreal sometimes to think back to 2003 in that crazy MAC program, and now, 12 years later, I'm still doing it and loving it. Going back to the classroom this year and teaching full-time while running a small business has certainly been a challenge. I had more than a few freak out moments and there were too many late night editing sessions to count.
I did work hard, though, to accept fewer weddings for the 2015 summer and it was a great choice. As compared to 2014 when I shot 39 weddings, this summer I only shot 12 and I have to say, it was pretty darn awesome. Of those 12, we threw 5 Pop Up weddings for clients and I came to understand that Pop Ups are really where my heart lies. They were just lovely and there is nothing more awesome than helping a couple throw their tiny, intimate elopement in an epic Northern Michigan location. All of the weddings we shot this year (and the few that are still coming in the Fall) were wonderful couples--couples who I really believed in their love and couples who honored their wedding more as a marriage than as an extravagant affair.
I came to understand my business a lot more clearly and honed in more specifically on my style both as a wedding photographer and as an event planner. I began working with a new assistant photographer, which has gone great and took on more of the styling side of the Pop Ups as well. Overall, this summer has been a total success. No longer was I chained to my laptop in the Airstream during 85-degree days editing, but instead I was able to actually get out and enjoy all the fantastic moments that Northern Michigan has to offer. We worked hard on the farmhouse (Ian more than me, if I'm honest), and we made real steps in making it more of a home than a gutted shell.
Some significant changes are coming for Watassa in the next couple of months. I have a post with A Practical Wedding scheduled for mid-October which is when I plan to announce our next steps, but in the meantime, thank you so much for following along on this blog and for believing in my business. I've been saying it a lot lately, but I think this year is going to be all about the Woman--female entrepreneurship is really taking off and I am super proud to be part of the movement towards women run businesses and #GirlBoss awesomeness. Stay tuned; we're heading in a great direction....