Karen Morneau Photography – Celebrating One Year in Business

Exactly one year ago today I drove myself to Bridgeport, Connecticut to file what would become Karen Morneau Photography LLC.  While Bridgeport is only 30 minutes away it seemed like I was traveling across the country as I knew the journey I was about to embark on would be a long one.  There were many things going through my head: Is this really the right thing to do?  Am I really capable of running a business?  What if I don’t succeed?  It was probably one of the scariest moments of my life.  It took less than 2 hours before I was back home staring at my LLC papers thinking….”Okay, let the fun begin”!

I am so happy to celebrate my first year in business today. What I feared so much has truly been one of the hardest but rewarding accomplishments in my life (aside from having children!).  When I sat down to write this I made a list of all that has happened in the last year:

– I officially made a career out of my passion for photography

– I created a solid business plan and followed it to a “T”!

– I designed a website

– I learned to navigate the ever changing social media industry

– I photographed 219 clients

– I built a photography studio

– I helped raise money for churches, schools, non profit organizations through the donation of my time and services

– I mentored an aspiring photographer through the High School internship program

– I was featured in an article in the Wilton Bulletin

– My work was published in Wilton Magazine

This past year has brought me so much joy. My goal in re-entering the workforce was to do something I love while also making a difference in someone’s life.  Being a photographer has done just that for me!  I love entering clients lives at some of their happiest times.  There is no greater joy for me than photographing a newborn baby, a baby celebrating their first birthday, a toddler with a missing tooth, little girls in matching dresses, a high school senior with so much to look forward to, and so many more!  I love when a client reaches out to let me know how much they love their pictures.  The fact that I was able to take something I love so much and make someone else happy is all that matters to me.

So, as I write this today (it is one of my first of many blogs to come), I want to thank so many people for standing by me through this first year.  It was not easy at times and there were times I thought to “throw in the towel” but my family, friends and supportive clients kept me on track!  I have so much planned in the next year, 5 years, 10 years and on!  I hope you will all continue on this journey with me!  It’s been said before but I believe it so deeply:

“A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”…

I look forward to telling many stories throughout the years to come!

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