You know when you were a kid and your parents finally let you have your own email address? But instead of monitoring what you chose for the address, you decided on the most ridiculous email ever and were unaware of the fact that it’s with you for a long time...But then you finally realized once you hit your 20’s that you should probably make a more adult/grown up address.
That’s how I feel about Shot By Tess. It’s a beautiful representation of a risk to take a leap of faith and I’m not embarrassed by it by any means. It’s part of what shaped me into who I am now. As a creator and business woman. I can remember when I came up with that name...it was a defining moment.
It’s just that...I’ve grown beyond that name.
I’ve spent a lot of the last year being frustrated with where I am as a business and not being able to do what I actually want in my craft. There are a lot of journal entries expressing this and crying out for some sort of change. And I’ve known the whole time that I’m the one who has to make the change. But I needed direction and a good ol’ kick in the arse. I do not want to fail at this or give up. I am not ready to throw the towel in.
So I took some steps toward what I believed to be the right direction. Going back to the basics in a sense. Looking at what I produce and attract and what I WANT to produce and attract. I’ve had glimpses of it here and there, but haven't been able to be consistent with it.
I had decided to relearn as much as I could, so that I could be better and maybe find my way through this. I eventually got an outsider’s opinion of me, as a photographer. And although brutally honest at times, everything she said was true and I knew it. I literally had a headache afterwards and had to lay down. It was overwhelming, but really good at the same time.
Change is good. Hard. But good.
So what does that mean for everyone exactly?
A new email and web address (obvi)
It means that I will be pushing myself to be better and better.
A better client experience for you.
That Lifestyle is going to my main gig. That it will literally be in every part of what I do.
No more traditional.
It means going to your homes and documenting your daily life.
Thinking outside the box and yes, probably more serious face photos.
More personal projects.
I realized that I’ve done a really crappy job of putting myself into my work. I’m a very private & guarded person in general, so to put myself out there is not an easy task.
I am very excited to move forward with the new adventure that is before me and to share more of who I am as an artist.
There is no turning back now and I am more determined than ever.
I can’t thank you enough for all of the support and encouragement that every one of you has given. It hasn’t gone unnoticed and I am forever grateful.
Here’s to being brave and making your own way!