I’ve been quietly struggling. Feeling like I’m not being authentically me. Have you ever felt like people don’t REALLY know you? That they only see a small piece of who you really are? Or, perhaps you become what you think they want you to be?
That’s what happened to me as a business owner. I feel as if Jenna Reich has been run through a mill. The best parts of me unused and rotting. Most of all, my creativity.
At first, I didn’t want to feel like a failure or a giver-upper, so I kept on chugging along with the portrait business.
But, it’s been welling up inside me for a couple of years now. I presume many people reading this will even be thinking, “I remember her talking about this” because I’ve been contemplating and wondering for so long.
Although I KNOW this is absolutely, 100% what I want, it’s still hard to say it out loud. I spent so much time and money marketing myself as a portrait photographer. And now, I’m letting it all go.
So, here’s what I’m doing. I’m starting over. Actually, I’m starting out where I originally began.
I’m giving myself the “okay” to be me.
Although I am giving up the business, “Life Aglow” it doesn’t mean I WON’T be photographing. I most definitely WILL! But now, I’ll ONLY photograph things that ignite my creativity and my passion for storytelling.
Here’s a short list of the work I will be looking for:
- commissioned portraits where the family and I share a joint vision
- commercial projects that stay true to my style
- personal projects (Kids Were Here, The Collective, Siblings, I’m About to Pitch a Fit)
- occasional casting calls for stock photos and/or personal projects
And yay, from now on you’ll get to see the work I’ve been holding back. There are so many images I’ve never shared. Even entire projects. I seriously can’t wait to show you all. I’m looking forward to sharing myself with you. (once more)