Things change. People fall in love, families grow as babies are born, and people grow.
I started my humble little business in 2006…although I didn’t realize it. One of my students, Rachael, at the high school where I was teaching casually mentioned the stress involved with finding a senior portrait photographer. I told her that I had always loved photography, that I studied it in high school and in college, and had planned to have it be my major, but the school I had chosen to attend didn’t offer that major. I did a lot of soul searching, and decided that being a high school social studies teacher would be a wonderful second choice. After telling Rachael this full story, she said she’d be thrilled to let me take her senior pictures. Rachael loved her pictures. She told her friends. I got more requests. I was elated! It became apparent that I COULD have my dream job.
When I had my first child in 2007, I realized that while I still wanted very much to teach, a large part of me hated that I might miss her first tooth, or first steps, or first…anything because someone else was with her during the day. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I wouldn’t miss near as much if I were able to work from home.
Through a series of other events, I finally bit the bullet and resigned from my teaching job in February of this year…and that brings me to the title of this post!
In October, I had mentioned to my very smart husband that I thought it might be time to change my website. “Again?” he said. “Yes, I know, we just did this, but I want my website to be more “social media friendly”.” I could tell he was less than excited, because in addition to being my wonderful husband, he had also been my amazing web design guy. Long story short, I decided to do it myself, even though it meant a little more expense. I had this urge to change the look of my site…and once I did, it still didn’t quite seem like what I was hoping for.
I was working on my site one day with my friend Sarah, and was working on my new logo. I wasn’t sure where to start, so I decided to start playing around with the colors I have decided I’d have if I were to be planning a wedding right now (of course to the same, awesome, web design guy), purple, gray and yellow. They’re my favorite. Lamb Photography Company didn’t fit in it. There just wasn’t enough space. So, I took that as the universe telling me that it was time. Time to do something I’d been wanting to do for…years. So, Lamb Photography Company changed into Amanda Lamb Photography!!! YAY!!!! It dawned on me that I had taken a HUGE step this year, but the look and feel of my business hadn’t been able to reflect that change yet. Sure, my work has grown a LOT this year (in my opinion). But, surely you’ll agree there’s more to a business than just it’s product. I desperately wanted my business to accurately reflect me. When I saw Amanda Lamb Photography in my new logo, I knew it was the right thing to do. YAY! Sarah gave me her approving nod (she was on the phone) and that was that.
Besides, now no one will wonder if I’m a livestock photographer (yes, I’ve been asked…more times than you’d imagine!)…and wedding DJ’s will always get my name right now…since that’s what they always called me anyway. HA! I’m so excited about this change, and I hope you are too! There will be some additional changes, as well. I’ll be offering a newsletter that you can subscribe to , as well as some tips for people looking for photographers…and of course more great photography.Stay tuned…and tell your friends!