The Dawn

January 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

     I wanted to take a moment to talk about how my business got started and my life leading up to now. I am not a professional blogger and I'm sure it's not going to be grammatically correct throughout so I apologize ahead of time. However, my journey is a good example of never giving up, believing in yourself and having people that love you in your life.

     When I was younger had you asked me I would have never thought at this point in my life I would be where I am. Even a few short years ago had you asked me what will you be doing in 5-10 years? Photographer would definitely not be the answer. Not because I wasn't interested, passionate or hoping for that, but merely because it was a "Dream" of mine it wasn't a realistic, rational choice. When you are a child you are surrounded by the idea that you can do whatever you put your mind to.....At least thats what I always heard in school, at home and even in church. I always loved photography even in high school. I even took a few peoples senior pictures as well just candid pictures. They always made it seem so easy, like watching Mary Poppins snap her fingers to clean an entire room. I had to grow up pretty quick and my child hood wasn't always perfect, in high school I started realizing that the older I got the less people really felt the need to be a strong support system in my life for the things that really mattered like school and my future. I'm not trying to bash anyone or make them feel guilty it's just how it was. It's always easy to give advice, but it's a whole different thing to genuinely ask someone how you could help them succeed and follow through with it. Following through with it is the Key not just words, but actions. After high school, college ended up not being an option for myself financially, I moved out of my dad's house and I bounced around from job to job for a few years trying to find something that really spoke to me on top of trying to be an adult. I never really  found my niche at least not whole heartedly.  At this point I was on my own and had just gotten out of a relationship when my life was about to take a turn for the better. 

      I met a guy that is now my husband on a blind date. Again, unexpected especially if you know me pretty well living dangerously is not my cup of tea. We met on New Year's Eve and a few months later on my birthday I woke up to find a gift sitting on the coffee table in the living room. I sincerely thought it was a pair of Tom's I had shown him a few weeks before. So I tore open the wrapping paper to instead find my first Nikon DSLR. Shock isn't even a strong enough word to describe what I was feeling. I cried and cried for hours before I had to get ready to go to work.  I felt undeserving of something this wonderful especially from someone I had barely known for 3 months. I think what got to me the most was just the fact that he believed in me enough to buy it for me. I haven't had someone do something that selfless for me in many, many years. I was astounded, excited, and thankful, he gave me so much more than just a camera that day without even knowing. He believed in me and my silly dream! 

     I started small and even shot a lot of sessions for free just to get experience in the beginning. It's grown every year and I owe most of it to my husband Adam. He took a chance on a girl he barely knew, told me that he would help me in any way he could, and he still does anytime I need him to. Sometimes all it takes is to have one person give you a push towards a silly dream that overtime turned into this crazy, beautiful reality. I also want to thank my clients especially the ones who've stuck with me since the beginning. I also wouldn't be here without your support, kind words and continued business over the years. I can't stress enough that you really have to believe in yourself and don't let society tell you that wanting to do something that you love is a bad thing because you don't clock in-out everyday. Do what makes you happy and what is right for your family. It's been six years since he bought me that first camera and I can't wait to see where I'll be on this journey in another six years. 

~It's always darkest, before the Dawn~


Have a blessed day ya'll!!


Samantha Bell


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