Wisconsin Rapids Wedding Photographer-Something Beautiful..the journey begins
“When your footsteps and thoughts carry you down the same path your heart and soul are directing you,
you will know without a doubt that you are headed in the right direction.”
My journey started over 4 years ago. I was a full time Optician for ten years prior. I liked my job, I suppose if I stayed there for a decade of my life it must have been good right?! But I always wanted my dream. Everyone has a dream. That little something they wish they could do but never really took the steps to get there. Life gets in the way sometimes and our dreams are put on a back burner. For me it was life that put my first foot forward. Life in the form of my two beautiful babies.
I was finding it very hard to balance being a Mom and have a full-time job that didn't have the greatest schedule. My husband at that time was a full-time truck driver and I was pretty much a single parent. My husband was home perhaps 3 days a month. Something needed to change. And when my second child was born.. it did. I quit my job and fetched my dream off the back burner.
I have been in love with photography my entire life. Back before digital. Back in the darkroom days ( yes I am old) I use to work in the high school darkroom. I imagined how I would set up my own darkroom in my home someday. Now of course the darkroom has become Lightroom . And all things digital has been born. I studied my buns off to learn it all. I am a self made photographer. Meaning I taught myself everything I know , aside from what I learned in high school over 20 years ago. When I started this business I hired myself a mentor. Someone who had been in this business for years, someone to guide me into the business end of things. Someone who would be honest with me and tell me where I needed to improve and what I needed to do to get this dream of mine off the ground.
When you start out in this business everyone is your cheerleader. Your parents, friends, family, they all tell you how awesome you are and life is good. If I could give you one word of advice.. hire someone who doesn't fit into that group. Because when you first start out guns blazing with all this positive support behind you , you miss things. Things you could be doing different. Things that you could and should improve on. You see the people in group A will most likely never tell you ..ya know that picture really isn't the greatest. For 1 they don't know anything about photography to know the difference and 2 they are your cheer section.
So when I hired my mentor the biggest advice he gave this newbie photographer was this... Don't you dare even think about going out there and doing a wedding.
My ego of course kicked in and shot back with why not? After all I had been taking pictures for years, I knew what I was doing . And now I have a business . I am ready to take on the world.
But for whatever reason the words.. A wedding is one of the single most important days of a person's life. And you are not ready to take on that responsibly.....for whatever reason those words stopped me from being a instant wedding photographer overnight. And Thank God. I have learned so much in the last four years. I will be near my five year mark in 2016 and I can tell you now that back then . I was NOT ready.
Great photographers don't just instantly become great . Greatness comes from years and years of trial and error. Mistakes, and learning from them. Trying new things . Finding what works for you and what does not. Like everything we learn to be better every single day. We are growing , becoming better then the day before. In every aspect of life. So if you ask me what makes me different then the brand new name on the block I will tell you.. Time.. time makes me different. Because with time brings wisdom and experience. And those two things together with a passion for photography make me .. different.
One thing I have learned about myself is I am not a studio portrait photographer. At least not yet. Maybe years down the road that may be where I will go . But in the last few years I can count on my hand how many STUDIO sessions I have done. Its just not me. I am a story teller. I LOVE photojournalism. Truth be told if I didn't have a family I would be traveling the world photographing for Time Magazine or something like that. I love raw emotion, unscripted, un-posed. And you can see it in almost everything I do. It took me years to discover that this is who I am . This is my brand, my style, my T Hawke Photography.
So after years of perfecting , learning , and testing my ability I have come to a crossroads where I believe wedding photography has a place. I have felt comfortable doing several little weddings over the years and I have to say, if ever there was a photographic way to tell a story this is it.
So almost 5 years later I am here to say that YES . I am ready to take the single most important day of a couples life and create something beautiful that they will cherish for the rest of their lives. And with that I boldly step into the magical storytelling world of Wedding Photography.
You will see a whole lot more of what I have done , and what I will do in the future as I take the next step into a whole new world that I am sure to love. Rest assured I will still be one of the best dog gone pet photographers in town. And your family pictures will remain close to my heart. I will continue to offer those services. I am simply taking the next step to my original promise..
Leaving Behind Something Beautiful.... And that something Beautiful will now include the most precious moments of your life! Your wedding day.
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