Photography has been quite the journey for me. I decided something like 9 years ago that maybe I'd like to take pictures of people. I was young and fearless and thought I was super good (I'm over here rolling my eyes because good is not the way I'd describe it looking back). Over the years I've hid behind "business" names that had me not taking full credit for the work I was doing. Somehow calling my photography something that wasn't my name separated me from the work and I could either choose to claim it or not. Honestly I've only very recently been able to call myself a photographer in casual conversation. It was always "well I work for so and so, but I do photography on the side" or "I'm a stay at home mom and also do a little photography". Now I say "I'M A PHOTOGRAPHER". That's what I do, that's who I am, and when I take your picture you are getting a piece of me. It's my vision and my style and hopefully you hired me because you were totally in love with it.
So you'll start to see some changes starting now. You'll see me completely come out of hiding by dropping that business name and simply being Monica Brown (hopefully the domain monicabrown.com is available). I've got some logistics to work out still, but it'll all get there eventually. In the meantime THANK YOU to everyone who has believed in me from the beginning or started believing in me somewhere along the way.
Now on to the Hoffers. They're perfect for this post because Mom didn't hire me because she knew me or I was priced better than this other person. She fell in love with my work. She hired me because we shared the vision she wanted for her family session and I'm so happy to have gained this beautiful family as my client. They have one of the most beautiful family connections I've ever seen and they were simply amazing to work with. We're already planning our next session and I'm very much looking forward to it.