Many of you have called or emailed me in the last year wondering where I’ve been. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your words of support and your concern. At the beginning of 2014, my husband’s company promoted Phil and moved us to Greenville, South Carolina. We moved sight unseen. Since then, I’ve thought many times that we won the relocation jackpot. Greenville is a gorgeous city at the foot of the Blue Ridge Parkway, with about half a million people in the area. There’s so much to do in a downtown built around a gorgeous waterfall, and we love living here.
Since moving, I’ve had the good fortune of being able to take a step back, take a breath, and make very conscious choices about what I want my life here to look like. At the moment, that doesn’t include photography. I’m not sure if it will again. Please don’t mistake me. I’ve loved my career as a photographer, as well as owning a studio. I’ve loved my clients, and I’ve been honored to be trusted with the most important moments and events of their lives. I wouldn’t trade the last ten years for anything. But now I feel it’s time for a break at least, or to move on at most. We’ll see where this new path takes me.
So what have I been doing with myself? For much of 2014 I drove back and forth between our home and my studio in Greensboro, photographing boudoir portraits. This gave me a chance to ease into our new life in South Carolina while getting to see friends and clients in Greensboro on a regular basis. This year I’ve been making more of an effort to stay in town, and we’ve been making great friends here.
We’ve also gotten a new puppy, named Luna, who I’m training for therapy work at the local hospitals. Together, she and I hope to go into children’s hospitals, nursing homes, and schools with programs for children with special needs. She and I walk or hike for about an hour or two almost every day. For the last few months, we’ve been walking at a nearby conservation area where we can watch eleven baby herons in five nests grow to adults. It’s been amazing.
I suppose the biggest change in my life is my enrollment in yoga teacher training. I’m just starting the second segment of training, and I hope to be a certified teacher by the end of this year. After that, I’d like to be certified as an aerial yoga instructor and spend my days hanging from the ceiling.
What else do I do with my time? I have a greenhouse filled with orchids. If you know me well, you know this has been a dream of mine for years. Some days I simply go inside and sit and breathe. I’ve taught myself to cook, which Phil appreciates, and which I’ve discovered I truly enjoy. I’m so aware that this time in my life is a wonderful gift, and I’m doing my best to be present for every moment of it.
If I’ve had the honor of being your photographer, please keep in touch. If you’d still like prints or albums made from your images, simply call or email. I’d love to hear from you. Thank you all for your support and kindness these past ten years. I’m so very humbled and grateful.
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