January 17, 2014Four Years Old | Winding Violets ExposéPosted in Portraits,Uncategorized

Winding Violets is four years old today, and this is probably the hardest blog post I have ever had to write . . .

How do you write about something you pour your whole heart and soul into? Your every waking moment. When every book you read (and believe me there have been many, in the hundreds), every conversation you have (upon waking, driving, walking, eating, going to sleep), and every “vacation” you take comes back to building this very thing: Winding Violets.

How do you even begin to articulate a journey like that? Oh wait! Herman Melville covered this one in, “Moby Dick.” I guess that makes me Ahab?. . . yikes!

 

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In all seriousness, I suppose our journey has turned Winding Violets from a small business into a vocation. When that line that divides work and lifestyle is blurry at best.

When you do something you are passionate about for a living, it consumes almost every waking moment. Everything in your life is framed in relation to it. And it’s seldom something anyone actually sees, or that can be articulated.  Winding Violets is us, and we are Winding Violets. And truly I would have it no other way.

But sometimes such a blurry distinction between self and occupation, the very thing that makes us great at what we do, is really hard emotionally. When someone says, “no”  to Winding Violets, for whatever reason, they are saying “no” to us. “Too expensive,” translates to you aren’t worth it, or you don’t hold enough value as creative agents.

Inversely when someone says “Yes!” it’s a thrill. Every time someone says, “Yes” to Winding Violets, they are telling us we are worth it. They value what we create and want to see us continue to develop our legacy and brand. “Yes!” is the ultimate compliment.

What I think defines that last four years of Winding Violets, the legacy we are building, is one of Authenticity.  Winding Violets is built on an unwavering and fearless commitment to habitually look outside of ourselves, our community, our circumstances, to bring new and exciting things where they have never been before.

Exhausting?

“Yes.”

Frightening?

“Of course.”

Isolating?

“Hell yes.”

Misunderstood?

“Like you wouldn’t believe.”

Rewarding?

“Absolutely!”

The old adage is, “no man is an island.” And Winding Violets wouldn’t be possible without the support of our community, friends, all the wonderful brides and grooms who have hand selected us exclusively. We are thankful to those of you who continue to support us by passing along our name; we feel like this is the ultimate sign of support and confidence in what we do and who we are. And last but not least, all of our social media connects. We love all the comments and interactions with you on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, keep it coming! We love seeing the things you create too.

Thank you to all the past, present, and future brides and grooms. Thank you for saying an empathic,”Yes!”  Thank you to all the couples and individuals that continue to refer us and spread our name. Thank you from the bottom of hearts. You make what we do possible.

But most importantly I want to thank my best friend, my business partner, my personal confidant, and the love-of-my-life: Melissa. For all the fear, anger, exhaustion, hurt, we get to do something we are passionate about together, hand in hand, day in day out, all because of you. One hundred percent because of you.

 

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Seriously folks, do you think I woke up one day and just said, “I want to be a professional wedding photographer!?”

Melissa taught me that wedding photography could be cool, sophisticated, cultured, and classic, and that love stories are pretty damn awesome.

Thank you, I love you.

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Kingston Life Weddings

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Lindsay White Seriously made me cry (mostly the part about Melissa). Love you guys and all you do!!! {January 17, 2014, 12:57pm}
TheViolets Thank you Lindsay! You and Jeremy are some of our longest and best supporters. Love you guys. Can't wait to meet the puppy!! {January 17, 2014, 02:30pm}
Bre So glad we randomly met those many years ago. You two are amazing and I'm proud to call you my friends. I will forever refer all friends and family to you. Our wedding photos I'll cherish forever. As a photographer once myself it was a HUGE deal to me finding someone that shared my vision and passion and you captured every ounce of our day in the most perfect way. I wish you both nothing but amazingness in your life and business in 2014. :) {January 17, 2014, 03:45pm}
TheViolets What beautiful words. Thank you Bre, we count ourselves lucky to have you both as friends as well. And capturing your wedding day was an absolute pleasure! {January 17, 2014, 04:14pm}
Trish Crowe You started a wedding photography business in January?! Now, THAT's vision! Congratulations! {January 19, 2014, 08:38am}

Four Years Old | Winding Violets Exposé | January 17, 2014