Over seven and a half years ago, I started a website and opened up my first business, Kate Nesi Photography. I started out confident in my skills, full of excitement, and open to meeting new people and seeing if I could recoup my investment.
That very first year I invested about $4,500 in camera and computer equipment and vowed to stay open only if I made that money back by the end of the year, 8 months later. I did it in less than six months.
Since then, each year I’ve set goals and reached them time and time again. That felt awesome to be so productive! As I grew from novice photographer and business owner into a professional photographer, editor, and business accountant I started to feel less and less connected to my work. It became about the income and less about the creative process.
Four years into my business, after having my first child, my annual passion projects fizzled down into long questionable winters with many moments of doubt, self-criticism, and fear that I’ve lost any creative energy I had left. I rarely picked up my camera if it wasn’t for a session or wedding. Continue reading…