Welcome to my new blog!
Let me begin by saying that I am so thankful you are here. My business is nothing without those of you who come back each day and support my dreams. For this, I am grateful.
Now on to a bit about how I’ve landed here today. This very moment is one of the proudest of my life! Never did I ever think I’d be in this position today. I started my photography business my spring semester of college, 2008. I had just returned from studying abroad in Florence and felt like I had this new lease on life. I couldn’t put the feeling into words but all I knew for sure was that I wanted to do something big with my life. I had seen so much in Europe and had a taste of what could be if I really applied myself. Photography had always been an interest of mine and I had a couple of classes under my belt at IU. At the recommendation of a close family friend, I started taking photos of children and started my first blog.
Y’ALL! They say you’ve got to start somewhere, right? Well – this is right where I started. It’s a mix of emotions to look back at that blog. It’s almost like seeing a photo of yourself circa 7th grade and thinking to yourself, Why didn’t anyone TELL ME?! All the while, though, I’m incredibly humbled. My first blog was my seed and where I planted a dream – a dream I had no idea would take on a life of it’s own and lead me to this moment.
On the side, I took up an internship at NUVO magazine photographing events and restaurants all around Indianapolis. It was there that my boss Jim Poyser told me about Megan Wynn, a wonderful photographer and even better person based out of Indianapolis. I won’t ever forget that day! I remember coming home to check out Megan’s work and I immediately messaged her to pursue meeting and assisting her. I began second shooting with Megan at weddings and what I didn’t expect was this awesome friendship to form. To this day, Megan is one of my dearest friends and I’m so thankful that she gave me a chance and believed in me.
I assisted Megan at several weddings and continued to photograph families and little kids. I started my second blog in late May, 2009. I began taking on weddings on my own. My second blog was where this dream of mine truly morphed into so much more than a hobby I enjoyed – it became a place I felt comfortable sharing my heart. I began networking and putting myself out there more. Meeting new people continues to be one of my favorite activities ever! I was blessed with the opportunity to attend a Jasmine Star workshop out in California in February of 2010. I met a group of talented, aspiring photographers there who I continue to keep in touch with. I met Anna Kim at this workshop, an incredible photographer based out of Maui, and one late night I received an email from Anna telling me about Lara Casey and Making Things Happen. I knew very little of Lara Casey and nothing about Making Things Happen. I investigated and so loved the idea behind this movement. I commented on a MTH post on Lara’s site saying what I wanted to make happen for myself. This was August 16, 2010 – a little under a year ago:
Hi there! I’m Caitlin. I’m a 23 year old Hoosier, born and raised. Family is everything to me. I started my photography business a little over a year and a half ago. While I’ve seen growth, my biggest fear is complacency. I’m scared of finding a place I’m comfortable in and staying because it works and I can get by in life. I don’t want to simply get by. I want to dream BIG(ger than I could ever imagine for myself), both with my business and in my personal life, and learn how to better follow through with these dreams and see them come to fruition. Thanks so much for this opportunity.
Next thing you know I’m flying out to San Francisco, November of 2010 for a Making Things Happen intensive. This was the real game changer for me. Here I met Lara Casey, Emily Ley, Gina Zeidler and a small group of amazing women with huge ambitions for living their best lives doing what they love. Together we shared our hopes and dreams and encouraged one another every step of the way. It was an emotionally trying day, but one that I needed to experience. I had struggled with looking at the successes of others and feeling unworthy of that and the biggest thing I learned from MTH was that I am worth it. This photo was taken of me at the end of my MTH experience.
It’s a crazy thing to look back at this photo now. That very moment was a catalyst to where I am right now. Empowered – I was just that. MTH gave me the courage to dream bigger and the confidence to make life happen in the face of fear.
Shortly after my MTH experience, Lara Casey and Emily Ley started offering Making Brands Happen. In hindsight, the stars were aligning and God was totally playing a hand in all of this. I was ready to take my business to the next level and what better then to do so with two women who had literally seen my heart laid out on the table? These are two women that I want on my team! I began the rebranding process in February. Here we are now:
My heart sings! I’m so thrilled to say that my new logo is how you will find me today: Bold, bright, hopeful and confident CAITLIN.
Just a few days ago I was out to lunch with a dear friend of mine. I was telling her about these past few years and how every moment has made up this beautiful, divine tapestry of events that have lead me to this moment. I wouldn’t have found out about Making Things Happen if weren’t for Anna. I wouldn’t have known Anna if it weren’t for the Jasmine Star workshop. I wouldn’t have attended the workshop if it weren’t for my friend Megan. And so on and so forth. I paused and smiled.
My friend pointed to the sky.
There is no truer statement than to say I am where I am today thanks to God and a fire within to live my life doing what I love. I’ve never been more grateful in my entire life than I am in this moment. My future is BRIGHT and I’m so excited to have you all here for the ride.
This is just the beginning, friends.
So much love,
CaitlinPosted in Personal