This week marks the 5 year anniversary of Becky Young Photography! I can’t believe that five years have already passed since I took a giant leap of faith and started this little business of mine! Please excuse me if I get a little sappy and nostalgic….
I can still remember sitting in my in-law’s home with my finger hovering over the “purchase” button for reserving the domain www.BeckyYoungPhotography.com. I debated back and forth for hours if I should do it or not. David kept trying to talk me into it. I kept talking myself out of it. I was absolutely terrified. I just didn’t know what lay ahead on the other side of that “purchase” button.
Thoughts of starting a photography business had been consuming me. I lost sleep over it. I daydreamed about it. I couldn’t concentrate on anything because of it. There was really no other option for me than to just bite the bullet and do it. I had shot exactly one engagement session and I had one wedding on the books, but I knew that this was something that I just had to do.
And so I clicked the “purchase” button and bought the domain. A website launch followed shortly thereafter. I didn’t expect much to happen after I first launched the site, but within the first 24 hours I had received my first inquiry. I was absolutely blown away! And within the first 6 months of my site launching, I had 35 weddings on the books for 2008. Talk about confirmation that you’re on the right track!
Every year since has been amazing and challenging in it’s own way. I’ve grown artistically. I’ve had the chance to travel and meet amazing people. I’ve fallen in love with each and every one of my clients. I’ve struggled to maintain the balance between life and work. I’ve learned a lot about myself and my creative process. I’ve worked incredibly hard on the business end of Becky Young Photography, from taxes to branding to picking out the perfect paper for my contract to be printed on. I’ve pulled myself out of artistic “slumps” and I’ve built my business around things that I love to photograph.
I am humbled at how God has chosen to bless me and bless my business. I am in awe of how He took a simple girl with a simple dream and turned it into this incredible thing that is Becky Young Photography. I’m grateful to have been blessed with Andrea and David by my side through the majority of my journey. I’m grateful for the success I’ve had, it’s truly not easy to do-I know how lucky I am. I’m beyond thankful for each and every couple that has come to me, willing to place their memories and photographs my care. And I’m happy to be surrounded by friends and family who have supported me since day one. People like my mom and sister, Cori Cook, Talia Events, my wonderful in-laws, Sara Lazio and Ardent Photography. Starting a business isn’t easy, but it would be next to impossible without the support of those around me.
This was one of the very first images I took at my very first engagement session. I don’t look back at my old work very often, but when I do, I come back to this picture. There’s a lot wrong with it, technically speaking, but I still love it. This image stands at the first mile-marker on this beautiful journey I’ve taken. It’s crazy to look back at where I’ve come from. It makes me that much more excited to look ahead at where I’m going.