The Truth About Shared Light's Birthday | Quad Cities Wedding and Family Photographer

Oh My. Gosh. Is this real? 5 years? How can it be that what started as a little side hobby has grown so much?! It all started with needing some headshots for a project. I started looking into photographers in the Chicago area (who, don't get me wrong, are FANTASTIC photographers!) and I knew I could never afford a $500+ sitting fee and a few hundred more dollars for prints. I knew a lot of my actor friends locally would also never be able to afford those rates, so I decided to start offering headshot sessions to friends on a budget. Soon, I was asked to photograph kids, families, weddings, events, theatrical archive images, marketing materials for Quad City Institutions - the list goes on! I didn't know how to use my equipment when I first started, but I had a good eye and knew how to work with people, so thankfully, a lot of people gave me a chance. I taught myself a lot, watched a lot of tutorials, found a few great mentors and here I am, 5 years later, with a business that means so much. I simply cannot believe I am headed into year six with this little business of mine!

I wanted to put together a little sampling of some images from the past 5 years as a bit of a refection on how far I've come! It was really hard to decide which images to showcase, but I kind of based it on what I was doing most that year. By the way, if you see your family featured in this blog post, send me an email for a special $50 off your 2017 session!

Year One:

Year Two:

Year Three:

Year Four:

Year Five

So, there it is. A little sneak peek at how far you have all helped me come. As a thank you to all of my friends, family and clients, stay tuned to the blog and website and newsletter for special offers throughout the year! Yup, I'm celebrating ALL YEAR!!! If you haven't signed up for the newsletter, you should! I won't bombard you with tons of emails- only special offers :)

Onwards in love and gratitude <3