The Best Year Yet

July 12, 2019

The Best Year Yet

I honestly can not believe I am writing this blog post. I have had to get up and pace around my office multiple times. Balled up in my chair and cried. Written and re-written this first sentence one hundred times. When I sent this email this week to my current and past brides, I was so nervous. It is no surprise that I received so much support and love. I did not expect anything less from these amazing ladies.

After several months of prayer, tears, listening for guidance
You may have noticed some hints floating around my Instagram account. I am coming to accept this season of change in my life, I have decided to close the doors of Danielle George Photography in 2020. I know this may come as a surprise to most of you, and honestly, it is for me too as I sit here typing this through crocodile tears and a lump in my throat. It is hard to look at this thriving business, my literal DREAM job, and to see myself letting it go. If I ever questioned my faith, this has proven to me just how strong my trust in God is. To let this go is unimaginable, but I know I will be rewarded for listening.

 

Before we get into the backstory, and the why’s… 

I want to go over what this will look like regarding the Danielle George Wedding Experience in 2019/2020:

  • Danielle George Photography will remain OPEN for the rest of 2019 and most of 2020. All your photos will be handled the exact same way, your client experience, turnaround times, the way you are served and loved IMMENSELY will not change one bit.
  • After your wedding gallery has been delivered, it will be backed up and stored for 3 months and then archived on an external drive. While I plan to never delete these images, please still be sure to download and save your images in multiple places because… technology.
  • If you ever need anything in 2020 and beyond, I’ll be here! My life will be changing, but I’ll still be around to answer any questions that you have and to provide you with the names of photographers that I know will serve you and your future family well. You are not just my clients, you are my friends and I will always, always be here for you. Thank you so much for investing in me, in this work, and for trusting in me to document one of the most important days of your life.

So now for the WHY’S:

Eli, Carter, and George. We have two beautiful children who deserve our very best. I serve an amazing and loving God who has never failed me. He has been speaking to me in several ways over the past year and I have brushed him off.  “God… this thing is GOOD. Why does it need to end? I am good at this. I enjoy this. What else in the world could you possibly need me for MORE than this?”  As I kept pushing his guidance away, he began showing me in more ways than one, where I was needed. I have truly, undoubtedly enjoyed every single minute I have spent with every couple that I have served. But our life this past year with my husbands’ career, has really opened my eyes to what we have signed up for, and the continuous sacrifices that we must make as a military family. This business has been a blessing and there are things that I am walking away with, that I never I imagined I would gain from owning a Wedding Photography Business. But more than anything, I have a clearer view of what it means to serve and love others WELL. You all know how much I love this business and what I have spent the better part of 5 years building. And although this has been one of the most difficult decisions to come to terms with, I am relieved and at peace knowing that this story was never my own. God wrote this ending long before I even knew it would exist, and I am okay with that.

This is the most honest I have been with myself for a long time.

Before, I brushed this feeling off as “burn out.” I recognize burn out. Burn out came my first year in business when I saw where I wanted to be but couldn’t quite get there. It came from hours and hours of mindlessly scrolling on social media and comparing myself to photographers who had been doing this longer than me. Burn out came after nights of all-nighters and having to get up the next day with an energetic 3-year-old and a newborn, and a husband who was away training for months at a time with no contact. I knew burn out, and this wasn’t that. This isn’t happening because I stopped loving what I do, but because despite my wishes and desires, my family has to come first. I promised myself when I  started this business that I would never serve a single couple if my heart wasn’t in it. So by listening to God, doing the hard thing of walking away while it’s still good and while my heart is still in it, I am upholding that promise. If anything this has made me appreciate this business more than ever, knowing that it’s coming to an end.

 

I am determined to make this the BEST year of Danielle George Photography. 

To leave behind a legacy that I intended on spending 20, 30, 40+ years making. Instead, I am giving 2019/2020 my all. I will still be taking clients on through June of 2020, so send those engaged friends my way! I will always be a photographer. This does not mean that I will not consider photographing a few weddings here and there beyond 2020. I have no idea what the future may hold, and I will never say never to following Gods will in my life.

Whether you are reading this as a client, potential client, friend, or a fellow entrepreneur, thank you for your support and encouragement. I am walking away from this with a huge smile on my face knowing that I spent 5 amazing (and let’s be honest… EXHAUSTING years) pouring my soul into this business. I am walking away from it while I am still loving it and energetic about what I do. It means so much to me to serve clients that I know will celebrate with me as I end this work on a strong note. Doing so with more gumption, determination, and drive than I have had in a while.

Family & Couple Photographer Referrals for the Raleigh/Fayetteville/Southern Pines areas:
Kaitlyn Blake Photography | Porshia Hernandez Photography | Sharon Ashlie

 

  1. Amy Simkus

    July 12th, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Oh, Danielle!!! I can only imagine how difficult this decision has been for you. However, your story and your journey is one of faith. Let Him always guide you through every step you take. You have already left a legacy through your photography. Your story is not over … but only beginning. Our family has been blessed to have worked with you, and we will cherish the images you have created forever. Sending much love!

  2. Olivia

    July 12th, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    You are amazing and I cannot wait to fellowship with you in this next season of life if you let me! I know this sacrifice too well, and I can promise it will have its ups and downs but it will be beautiful. I’m here for you Milso sister! Gods grace isn’t going to allow your photos to end, its only a new beginning for your art!

  3. Craig Grimmett

    July 12th, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I sit here in shock as I pictured you doing this until….well for a long time…I know walking away has to be tough, especially from something you love but I applaud your decision. People like you go far in life, I am referring to God people, not ones that come up to my waist….just wanted to clarify that…whatever God has in store for you and your family will be amazing I’m sure….I wish you nothing but the best in life as you walk this new path!!

  4. Lyndia Sessoms

    July 12th, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Danielle, you will never regret putting your husband and children first. The rewards far out weigh your imagination. I was a stay-at-home- mom for many years and now I look back on those years as the best years of my life. God has good things planned for those who love Him and are called by His name. May the blessings begin.

  5. Tracy Gregory

    July 12th, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Danielle,
    Years ago I made the decision to give up a career and be “just” Mom. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Years of memories I wouldn’t trade for anything. I know God will bless your decision and your time with your children. And I have no doubt there will be many opportunities to use your talent. God bless you and your family.

  6. Charlotte Idol

    July 12th, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Like so many others, I have enjoyed watching you from the beginning grow not only in your exceptional talent, but as a mom and wife. I can’t wait to see where God is leading you as he continues to write your beautiful story.

  7. Mabel Gloria Photography

    July 13th, 2019 at 3:15 am

    This makes me selfishly sad because you are an AMAZING photographer and an amazing person. But, I understand. I will miss DGP but I hope to continue seeing you and your kids via Instagram stories. Praying for you through this new journey.

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