January 13, 2015

The Time I Decided to Move Out…

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And just like that we’re halfway through the first month of 2015. How does that happen?!!! In the blink of an eye I’m heading into my 11th year in business… and there are still many days when I feel like I’m still just figuring things out. I think this is why I love my photography career so much – because everything moves quickly, constantly changes and it never stops being interesting. Just when I think I’m up to date on everything in this industry, it’s all different again and the learning curve is back. I’ve always been a sucker for learning though, also for new adventures and challenges, and most recently for looking my fears in the face and telling them to “take a hike!”

It’s been 10 years now of working out of my home and through that time frame there were some moments I just floated through in a way that almost felt effortless. But then other times the days would seem to smash together in a triumph of sleepless nights, lack of patience with my kids and an inability to decipher between what is my home and what is my work life. From months where I was content with where I was and the decisions I was making, to periods of detachment with myself, my faith, my family, and just wondering who the heck I had turned into. It’s been a ride, but it’s been one of the best rides of my life in these past 10-12 years. I married the love of my life, we’ve moved from Niagara Falls to Jarvis to Port Dover, I’ve walked away from jobs that people thought I was insane for leaving, loved and supported my husband while he fought a battle with cancer and won, built a business that has strengthened me with every day I’ve put into it, been faced with infertility yet have now been blessed with 2 beautiful children, and in the midst of this all I found God and have come to know the peace and joy in Him. It’s been awesome, scary, beautiful, emotional and challenging… and I wouldn’t change a thing.

So what’s next? Well I’m spending some time focusing on next steps with my business these days. It’s a bit of a leap of faith for me, but I’ve decided it’s time to start a new chapter. As of March 1st, Splash Photography will no longer run out of my home… Splash will have a new home on Main Street in Port Dover. My family is thrilled to be getting a third of our home back, and I am encouraged to say that there will be no more working out of my basement (although it’s a nice basement I am more than ready to be up on the ground level again and I certainly won’t miss the twenty minute tidy of my house I have to do every time a client is coming by to pick something up). My team and I are so excited  to be moving into a real retail studio and office space! The move is spearheading many changes with our business and without getting into too much crazy detail, a few key points that my be of interest are…

  • Finally!!… I will have regular office hours every week. This might seem so simply, but it is HUGE for me!!
  • Our new space will house both our offices, meeting space and studio space.
  • We will be offering a few limited unique & niche retail items that jive with out photography services.
  • This is a big one…. We are bringing back portraits!! Families, newborns. maternity, etc. We are no longer “just” a wedding photography studio, but will of course be continuing to photograph our biggest love (weddings) as we always have. The number of portrait shoots we’ll be taking on will be limited though based on the time of year and how booked up we are, so be prepared to book in advance for these sessions please 🙂
  • Our website will be getting a facelift to compliment the changes. It’s way overdue!!
  • We are investigating options of offering workshops or one on one training sessions supporting various learning initiatives

The realization came many months back that something had to change. Things just aren’t working for me or for my family with working from the home anymore. I don’t want to knock it, because it’s been great for me for the past decade and I know many others make it work a lot better than I do, but the lack of patience with my kids, the loss of focus, inability to keep up the way I would like to, and an unknown boundary between what is my home and what is my work life anymore… well it’s just not good for me, for my family, or my clients. I’m not proud of the mother, wife, or business owner I’ve been over the past year and in an attempt to do well at everything and to be everywhere at every hour, I’m just doing a mediocre job at all things. This has been overly frustrating because I know I’m capable of doing much better.

Oh….  and let me tell you that I’ve worried about it! I’ve second guessed myself more times than I can count as I hear that self-doubt voice pop into my head again and again telling me that I won’t be able to make a go of this. However, I’m finding comfort knowing that failure is not always something to be ashamed of and although I have no intentions of failing, I know that even that can be something to learn from and is often just a part of the bigger picture and plan. I’m reminded of this quote by Jim Carrey (yes the Comedian) where he says that his father told him “That you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” I know that this is going to be an amazing experience whatever it may hold and I trust that things will work out just as they’re meant to.

Before I sign off, I have to share that I feel SOOO very lucky to have come as far as I have. God has blessed me over and over in this business. I give Him the glory for all the awesomeness that has come my way over the past 10 years. And yes, there have been many tough spots along the way, as I’m sure there will continue to be from time to time, but it’s all good. I’m so very grateful to Chad, my loving and super supportive husband that never fails to pick me up and dust me off when I am feeling defeated. He encourages me, listens to me (which can be a big job in itself), and always loves me though it all. At times when I’ve felt I just couldn’t, he has always assured and convinced me I could. I’m also super thankful for the amazing colleagues I have and the team of people that have somehow always supported me, and encouraged me… Tash, Leena, Shannon, Abby, Cherish. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! I love you guys so much!

So with the big move, I have to admint that one of the things I’m going to miss from working at home the most is how I run around like a maniac for the hour before I have a client showing up at the house! Just for fun I made this time lapse video with a snapshot of my crazy routine every time I have an appointment, a pick up, a drop off, etc.. Keeping a tidy house with a toddler is a full time job!!

Thanks again everyone! I am so grateful for everyone that has been routing for me through the years. At times when I couldn’t believe in myself, I have know that there has always been others believing in me. I am so very blessed by your love, encouragement and warm thoughts! If you’re interested in keeping up with me during the move over the next month and a half, I’ll be posting the honest and unedited trials and triumphs through my trusty iPhone photos at my instagram feed http://instagram.com/andreahusted/ !  Thanks for taking the time to read this far!

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With all of this I thought it was fitting to post a few photos from a couple recent portrait sessions (newborn). I’m posting details of how the portrait sessions will work up on my website now, so be sure to check that out if you are interested at the “Investment” page.

 Melissa, Kevin & Grace’s Lifestyle Newborn Session…..

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Lisa, Dave & Slade’s Newborn Session in my studio…

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lisa lickers : 12:50 January 13, 2015
Andrea! I am so over the moon excited for you! You are a master of your craft, you have a heart of gold, and you have given me and my family photos of literally EVERY major event in our lives together. I know you will do great in your new space, and I absolutely can't wait to see it!!!!
Laura Clark : 13:44 January 13, 2015
That was so beautiful, gave me goose bumps! Good luck in this new adventure and God Bless!
Dana Bolton : 13:47 January 13, 2015
Thanks for sharing so much Andrea! This is all very exciting for you and your family. Good luck in your new endeavours.....you have so much talent and it shows in all of your work!
Shannon & Brett Smith : 16:32 January 13, 2015
Andrea, I'll be honest.. As I read this blog I held my breath a little as to what was about to be announced. I am so incredibly happy for you, your team & your family. This is such great news! I am most excited about the fact that you'll be re-introducing portraits (maternity & newborn). Brett and I have hopes to start a family soon & we are so thrilled you'll be able to be part of that journey with us!! Good luck with your move and cheers to a new year!!
Darlene Fehrman : 18:15 January 13, 2015
Andrea - I just want to say congratulations on this new chapter. You have worked very hard to get where you are in your business and you deserve this. There is NO DOUBT you will do awesome because that's what you give your clients in your work. I wish you More success and happiness. #1
Darlene : 13:42 January 14, 2015
Congratulations and I am so proud of you Andrea!! Good luck with this new adventure and next chapter of your life!! We will be sure to stop by the next time we are in Dover.
Tricia W. : 13:41 January 16, 2015
Andrea, I am selfishly soooo happy that you are expanding back into portraits! So good to know the person who's talent and skill are second to none will be accessible to so many more people again!!! You don't need good luck on this next stage of your career, because your talent and skill will carry you! Such great news for your family as well! Can't wait to come check out the new place!

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