“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
― Carl Bard
The Journey: Volume I Number 3
Brand New Start =Brand New Ending
I have a little bit of a confession. I did not prepare myself for the move from Colorado to Iowa … AT ALL. Of course at the time I felt quite confident that everything would flow smoothly and the transition would be seamless. I could not have been more wrong. I still feel quite disjointed and often feel as if I’m going in circles. I’m not saying that I regret the move, though. I am so grateful to be near so many friends and family again! On a personal level, I have been regretting not planning ahead as far de-cluttering more. On a business level, I have deeply regretted not evaluating how NW Iowa would be different than Colorado and adjusting to that. That’s why the quote above struck me so much. I can’t go back and start over, and I definitely need to get off my pity pot … but I can start now to create a new ending.
But how do I do that?
For my personal chaos, I’m just going to have to embrace clutter for a bit longer and take it one room at a time. As far as the business goes, I have realized that I was paying too much attention to how some of my friends and colleagues were running their businesses around the country. I obviously still need to pay attention to what they are doing, but NW Iowa is very different from Santa Barbara, Denver, and definitely different from NYC. Even though I love to travel, the majority of my clients are here and I love that as well. I need to make sure that I’m offering what you want and are willing to invest in.
So what I have been working on is stripping everything down so that I can offer packages that reflect my identity and passion as well as our culture right here.
I’d like to offer you a sneak peek at what will be included in the new collections …
So what is this all about? Well,I have a friend in Ohio who happens to also be a photographer (Jeremy Kester) and has been building his own custom albums and has now gone into production. They are brilliantly designed and hand-crafted by his Amish friends to maintain the integrity of fine art as well as providing a place for you to treasure your heirlooms and images.
I finally just placed my own personal order today to have samples on hand and can’t wait to share! I am so excited about this new offering as it fits seamlessly with my passion of documenting stories to be passed on to generations as fine art. I also think that it resonates “rural Iowa” which lies deep in my heart as well. I will be working on incorporating them in all aspects of the studio: weddings, life portraits, and even seniors.
I’d love to hear what you think!
If you want to take a look into how these are made, you can check out this video which tells the story of “The Carpenters”.
Images and Video Compliments of HH Boogie