It’s been just over a year since I dove head-first into my own photography business and I can’t even begin to describe what I’ve learned and experienced. Appropriately enough, all of my thoughts and feelings from the past year came rushing towards the surface during the AKP Dashing Retreat I attended last weekend. Inside a sprawling mansion in the hill of western Maryland, I met my own doubts face to face and was welcomed by thirty incredible women with open arms.
The resounding anthem of the weekend – “you are not alone and you are enough”.
You see, I started this whole thing on a big leap of faith, as I seem to often do. I had a single wedding booked and I wanted to make sure I did everything I could to make my clients proud of my work. So I built a website and I prayed. I prayed hard. On my knees, every day, begging God to protect my heart in this business. I’d been on the industry outskirts for a year and could already see just how isolating it was. And even more, I had wounds from a mentor of mine that had just begun to heal. I decided then and there that I would never let another person tell me who I was. My own worth had to be determined by something other than opinion. And sure enough, God was faithful in more ways than one.
This weekend was a reminder of all of that – that my worth isn’t determined by page likes and that there truly is such a thing as community over competition. Getting to spend time with people who understand what it’s like to balance life with photography was incredibly uplifting. And instead of holding my breath or waiting for the other shoe to drop, I’m walking back into the office with a renewed sense of purpose. And more importantly, a renewed sense of self.
I’m Kait, a twenty-something photographer, wife, and puppy mom living in Baltimore, MD. I love writing and reading and margaritas. I have a passion for celebrating people and storytelling. I’m a business owner and I work every day to make my little corner of the world a better place. It’s nice to meet you <3
snap by Rosie Omar | edit by me
Shoutout to all my AKP Dashing Retreat girls!
You’ve given me such a gift with your friendship, and I cannot wait for our paths to cross again!