A Leap of Faith: A Passion Awakening

Welcome friends! We are so excited to be taking the next several weeks to talk about our Leap of Faith and how we went from hobbyists to full time wedding photographers. Even if your passion isn’t photography, but you’re still toying around with the idea of starting a business of some sort, we really hope that you are able to follow along and get something out of these! Yes, a lot of the things we’ll be talking about will be photography-specific, but a lot of these statements are blanket statements and can be applied to almost anything. So without further ado…let’s start talking about passion!

A Leap of Faith-A Passion Awakening by Toledo Based Wedding Photographers Kent & Stephanie Photography

We’re going to take you back. We mean way WAY back to before Kent & Stephanie were “Kent & Stephanie.” That’s right…we’re going back to (dun dunnn DUNNNNN!!!!) high school.

Before we had even known of each others’ existence, we were pretty artsy people. Kent took photography classes, was involved in school productions, and had a crazy love for music. He played in the symphonic band AND marched, and he loved every minute of it! And Stephanie…can you guess what she was into? If you said photography, musical theater, and music…then you’d be correct. 😉 In fact, she loved music so much that she went on to major in music education in college! Music is so important to us…it’s how we met! We met playing music together. And it’s still such a HUGE part of our lives today. So how did we go from putting all of who we are into music to being photographers? Well, here’s the thing about creative people. As the name suggests, we have a desire to CREATE. To make something out of nothing. To fabricate something and to be able to have ownership over that thing, our creation, our baby. Whether that’s a song, a painting, or yes…even a photograph…that desire to create is fulfilled.

And guys, if there’s anything that we’ve learned about ourselves over the years, it’s that we HAVE to constantly be creating something.

We were friends with someone in our home church who was kind of the “go-to” photographer. And even though that love to photograph things still lingered in the back of her mind, she never ever wanted to step on anyone’s toes or make him feel like she was trying to steal something away from him. It wasn’t until a conversation that the two of them had that he had ENCOURAGED her to pick up a camera and start creating again (thank you so much, Billy…we are forever grateful to you!). So she did. She started shooting anything and everything she could. But there was something about weddings that just looked so intriguing. It was being a portrait photographer, family photographer, landscape photographer, detail photographer, real estate photographer, and a photojournalist all in one. And she wanted a taste. So she reached out to some friends, and was able to start second shooting. She wasn’t getting paid, but she didn’t care. She wanted the experience. And after that first wedding? She came home and she.was.hooked. When Kent saw the light in her eyes as she talked about what she did and how fulfilled it made her, he knew he had to do everything he could to support her. He knew in that moment that she had found her calling, her purpose. Little did he know, six months down the road, he would be photographing with her, feeling that exact same rush.

Wedding photography became kind of like our drug. It was this amazing feeling we could attain only a handful of times a year, and we knew that it wasn’t enough. Because not only did we love the creative aspect of composing photographs and capturing real, raw emotion, but we loved the opportunity we had to pour into peoples’ lives. The season of engagement only lasts so long, and it such a precious and transitional moment. And if we could do something to be able to make these peoples’ lives better during this time, give them a wonderful experience on their wedding day, and even impact them on a personal level somehow, then we KNEW we had hit something special. And something crazy happened…we actually started doing those things.

If you are in that in-between time right now. If you feel like photography (or planning, or florals, or marketing, or whatever!) is this drug that you just aren’t getting enough of. If you are starting to feel resent toward your “real” job because it takes away from the time that you could be spending on your craft or on your clients. If you feel this tug deep down in your gut telling you that this is what you have been created for…then friends. You have already completed step one. Because we’re going to be honest with you. This road isn’t going to be easy all the time. There will be times when you are losing so much sleep, times when you break down and cry, times when you feel like you’re being pulled in way too many different directions.

There will be times when you will just want to quit altogether.

And the ONLY thing that is going to stop you from doing that, the only thing that is going to keep you going, is that PASSION that burns down deep in your soul.

Next week we’re going to start into the nitty gritty. We’re going to be talking about educating yourself, and how IMPORTANT it is! To make sure you don’t miss any of our “Leap of Faith” series, or any of our photo tips, make sure to sign up for our mailing list right here so you can get these tips right in your mailbox!

Until next week, friends!

  1. Sue Nagy

    March 27th, 2016 at 9:51 am

    I remember seeing the two of you standing next to each other on the platform for worship at FWC when you first met. Awesome.

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