Wowzers! This January I am celebrating my 6th year anniversary as a professional photographer and owner of mikifoto. 6 years of taking photos and capturing moments. It honestly feels like yesterday when I make the decision to launch my photography business. We were living in Palo Alto, CA for my husband's medical residency. I was a lonely mom of two boys, aged 3 and 5. With my first SLR camera (the Canon Rebel), I was took millions of photos of my sons to share with my faraway family in the NY/NJ. Other Moms soon saw my images and encouraged me to take pictures of their kids. I got hooked and would spend hours reading, studying, practicing the craft. Next thing you know, mikifoto was born and photography became a lifeline for me.
My camera opened up a whole new world for me. I was able to connect with children and families. I was able to capture stories. I was able to continue to learn and feel engaged. I loved the freedom and flexibility of being my own boss. I could stay home with my boys but still have something special of my own.
Here are some of my images from my first year in business….
Over the past 6 years, my business has evolved. I have lived in 3 different cities (Palo Alto, CA - Gainesville, FL - Short Hills, NJ) and had to restart in each and every one. Not an easy thing to do, but it has only made me a smarter and stronger entrepreneur. I have learned to focus my business on what I love to photograph most - children, families, tweens and teens. I am much better at finding the light, editing in Photoshop (I cringe at the over saturated colors and skin tones above) and servicing my clients. I have seen the benefits of networking and collaboration with like-minded entrepreneurs. I have learned first hand that balancing motherhood and a home based business is a difficult dance.
But overall, I have learned that I am lucky to have found this path. I LOVE what I do. I love that I can freeze time for families so they can remember these fleeting and beautiful moments. Because, it all goes so very fast. 6 years went by in a flash. I can't wait to see what lies ahead for me and mikifoto.