I’ve officially been Melanie Foster Photography for seven years now, and the past two have been the most transformative and life-giving of them all. When I first started, I was working towards upgrading my equipment, getting experience, and mastering the technical side of things. In 2015 and 2016 I focused more on perfecting my posing and lighting. And in 2017 and 2018 I found myself pouring time and thought into developing my processes and the high-end experience I provide to my clients. My move back to Oklahoma in late 2016 and attending the Katelyn James Workshop in Virginia in June of 2017 were two major turning points in my business. I think so many things really started to click for me through those two decisions and as a result, I found a steadiness and confidence in who I am and what I am doing.
I’m in a good space – I absolutely ADORE my business, and I hope that never changes. I hear from so many other creatives about burn out and over-working themselves and while I know that everyone’s situation is different, I’m thankful that photography is so life-giving for me. My busy seasons (March – May & September – November) are quite insane, but I am able to maintain my passion and love throughout, recover well in my off season, and find a balance.
On the personal side of things, I’ve been keeping track of a few random “checkpoints” of life the past 12 months. I was inspired by my friend Brooke McManus who posted a wrap up at the end of last year and I loved the markers she tracked. Here are a few of mine, along with some of the highlights from 2018!
See you soon, friends!