My Shannon Cain Photography Family,
Wow. There are so many words that come to mind when I think of this past year and where it has lead me...blessed, opportunity, growth...the list goes on. It has been a beautiful ride and a year full of so many surprises and blessings. Some of you may not know my photography journey and how I have gotten to where I am today. This has by far been my biggest year, and I am in tears thinking of how grateful I am for each of you who helped me get here.
I have always dreamed of taking my photography career full time, as it has been my passion. I was working for a large corporate company, getting to work from home and in my pajamas...no commute, no make up, who wouldn't be happy?! I had a sitter come to the house so I didn't have to miss any moments with my girls. I was content, but at the end of the day, something was lacking and I just never felt fully satisfied...I was missing that passion of doing something that I was destined to do. In November 2015, I had my second baby girl and was on maternity leave through the end of the year and into January 2016. I was dreading going back to work after having 8 weeks off with my little loves. It was my first day back from maternity leave, and we had a big conference call when I got the news that our entire department was being depleted and I, along with my co-workers, would be left without a job. You see, while I was worrying and crying...trying to figure out how I would financially support my family...God already knew. He already had a plan. He had already been showing me the signs, but I just wasn't listening. This was exactly the push I needed to make that leap of faith.
Prior to me losing my job, I was able to combine Christmas money as well as money I had saved from my photography business to purchase my new camera. I had been wanting this camera for a while and knew it was the next piece of equipment I needed to invest in. Christmas day came, and I was able to purchase my camera! I was expecting it in the mail a couple of days later...but with much disappointment, it never came. I was on the phone with UPS tracking my camera and discussing delivery failures, etc. How could they mess up on this? Don't they know I've been waiting?! Don't they know this important?! You guessed right...this was all apart of the bigger plan. Not even an hour after I lost my job, my camera was delivered...almost a week late. I knew, in that moment, that THIS was what I was supposed to do. I was afraid that I would fail my family and uncertain of the future, but I knew that I had to trust. This was God's final sign telling me to trust Him. Oh my goodness, was he right! This year, my business has grown exponentially, and my photography has as well. I often think about how my life would be had I not listened and had taken a job I hated. How unhappy I would have been, and how I would miss precious moments with my girls. How I would never know my full potential. How those little triumphs are so much sweeter when you have everything riding on your successes.
I have never been happier than I am now, doing something that I am truly passionate about. Every day is a challenge and I'm still learning to balance it all...business owner, mother, wife...but I would do it a million times over.
This year was dedicated to YOU, my SCP Family. The people who invested in ME to take care of your memories. You could have chosen anyone else, but you chose me. I'm so thankful that you have become apart of my family, and I can't wait to share future memories with you as well.
May this coming year be full of many blessings, and may you too pursue your dreams! Happy New Year! Bring on 2017!
Shannon Cain Photography