When I started my business, it was the same year I was getting married and moving to Winston Salem, NC. My time in NC was so brief and rattled with uncertainty because after my husband’s leadership program, we’d be placed in a city somewhere in the southeast. I felt like I couldn’t market myself in any particular city because… I didn’t have a city. We were placed in Charlottesville, but within months of living there, Chad took a promotion in Richmond. And here we are!
We’ve been in Richmond for over 3 years now! I can hardly believe it. This is the first year I’ve noticed myself wanting to be a Richmonder. I can’t believe we’ve lived here for so long without… floating down the James or picnicking at Maymont. The more time I spend and focus on Richmond, I’m desiring to work in my city, not just live here. I want to meet Richmond brides and work with Richmond vendors. But I also would love to be able to spend more time IN Richmond, rather than on 495 and 95 traveling as much to 4 hours one way for a wedding day. Because what I’ve come to realize in my job is that working here gives me more time to LIVE here.
This doesn’t mean that I’m not open, or not welcoming to those weddings, brides, and vendors. I’m blessed by all of my clients no matter where I live! It just means my marketing focus is going to be more community based. I’ve slowly started to nurture my local relationships, and recently have been accepted into the Richmond Wedding Collective! I’m so excited to be one of 5 photographers in The Collective among less than 30 other Richmond wedding vendors! I can’t wait to pursue more RVA weddings and get to live AND work in a city that I’m learning to love!
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