In honor of my trip to Utah to visit my best friend Brit I wanted to share the random and slightly crazy story of how we met… through Craigslist.
In the summer of 2011 Rog and I listed our couch on Craigslist after I decided I was sick of it and wanted something new. It had been our free Craigslist couch we had picked up right after we moved in together so we figured we’d pass it on. Within an hour of posting it I had an email from a lady named Brit saying she and her family had just moved to the area, they were interested in the couch, and could pick it up ASAP. We emailed back and forth to coordinate times and I learned through that correspondence she was expecting and they lived in an apartment on the 9th floor of their building.
Her husband Dave came that afternoon to pick up the couch and Rog helped him get it loaded up in their minivan. About five minutes after he left I looked at Rog and asked him how the heck they were going to get that couch up nine flights since Brit was pregnant and they didn’t know anyone here?! I didn’t care how far away they were I wanted to help them move the couch (or rather volunteer Rog to help.) I called the number Brit had given me and we offered to come help them move the couch. She was ecstatic, gave us their address, and we headed over.
It turned out they only lived a little over a mile down the road so we made it in no time. Dave walked us up to the apartment so Rog could see where they had to go with the couch and I ended up staying and hanging out with Brit while the guys headed down to get it. Brit and I sat around laughing and chatting while the guys maneuvered the couch up and through their tiny hallway into their apartment.
After that day we all started hanging out quite a bit. We went to Great Falls, swing dancing at Glen Echo, shared countless meals and movie nights together, Rog and I babysat their girls, and just generally had a lot of fun and enjoyed hanging out. This past spring, they packed up and headed on another adventure to Saudi Arabia. I miss them dearly but I am so blessed it worked out that I am able to fly out to visit her and the girls while they are in Utah. I cannot wait and am excited to have lots of photos to post when I get back!
Brit with Kaelyn at her blessing.
Roger and I are both very private people. We do not feel the need to post public announcements on social media promulgating our undying love for one another or make sure that the whole world knows I bought him a Vermont teddy bear for Valentine’s.
All kidding aside though, I am breaking our no PDA pact because Rog has been my single biggest supporter from day one and that deserves a big ole thank you.
I was struggling with decisions about what I wanted (or rather needed) to do with my life. I always kept coming back to photography but didn’t think that was an acceptable career choice. When I finally decided what the heck it’s what I love and told Roger I wanted to start my own business in the winter of 2011 he gave me his blessing and told me he would do anything to help me succeed.
I shot for family friends all winter but had zero weddings under my belt. I really wanted to find a mentor who I could learn from but also help (you should always be willing to give before you receive.) This was no doubt my biggest struggle. I emailed every person who’s work I loved and got a bunch of big fat “no’s.” Talk about a blow to one’s ego. I was down in the dumps for weeks but Rog kept pushing me forward, telling me not give up on my dreams. I finally found someone willing to take a chance on me (thank you, sweet Sarah!) and we worked together for all of the 2012 wedding season.
Here it is almost the spring of 2013 and I have assisted and second shot FOURTEEN weddings. FOURTEEN. And I have two more this weekend! I could not have fathomed this in my wildest dreams.
I won’t say it’s easy starting a business because it is far from it. It takes a lot of discipline, hard work, and a lot of money. I am so beyond thankful for everything Rog has poured into my business. He has supported both of us on his income for the last year, given any extra dime we had to go towards camera gear, business insurance, etc., helped me sift through logo designs, and many other random things that come with owning a business.
I know that I get caught up in life too often and sometimes forget to say thank you or tell him I appreciate all he does but I would not have come this far without his help. He is the one person who gives me a swift kick in the pants when it’s needed and for that I am thankful.