Big things are a happin’ for 2010

I have avoided posting for so long…it’s just what I do. I like to avoid life when it gets tough. This one has taken me a long time though. I have had many prayers and tears thru the last few months. I HATE change when it’s forced upon me don’t get me wrong I do like change but can’t have it forced. In the last 6 months I have had a lot of change in my life that I did not want to happen…I have been kicking and screaming the whole time. What started this all was that my honey quit his job with nothing else lined up to start is entrepreneurial adventure…and adventure is the right word. K I am the best at supporting but at heart I am NOT a RISK taker. I like steady income but if he wants to that chance to try his dream I’ve gotta let him so it.
Now, you might say that’s weird for having my own business but I started this to pay for my hobby and some and that is how it has worked for me. Plus, Greg made all the dough to pay for the bills…no RISK for me. I have been very fortunate I had my business during this tough time in MY life and it really helped out with bills and to put food on the table.
I know there are many other people out there that have experienced a job loss in the last year or 2 and sometimes it feels good that others are having the similar struggles too but it doesn’t feel good. I would rather there wasn’t this bad economy. I have learned a lot thru all of this and some times I have been very angry and others I have been brought to many more prayers than I have ever done before even the scriptures. I have been very humbled and so blessed by so many people around me and it’s definitely an experience to be the receiver of gifts during this holiday season one that I will never forget and hope to pay if forward (okay not HOPE but plan to). There is still so a lot good out there to be had I just have to see it again (working on this daily). I am so excited for this year and what more lessons I get to learn. YEAH! (see the optimism though a pessimist at heart…the secret is helping me change this part of me) I hope this experience has made me a better woman, wife, mother and friend (I can’t say sister yet but that lesson will come too…ugh!) Interestingly enough thru this time of trial I was inspired to have yet another CHILD and so I am pregnant with my 5th (cross my fingers it’s only 1 twin’s run in the family both sides and I feel so crazy weird this pregnancy or maybe it’s because I am 32). I think I am due sometime in July. And with this being said I have also had a lot of thought about my business and for the whole year it gets to take a back seat. Yep, weird especially with my husband trying his new adventure we are taking another dive or better yet another beautiful life lesson. I will accept clients but very few and I will mostly do trade that works for me. Yep, I love trade especially if I can get my house to be finished with it’s remodeling stages. I will only be taking 4 a month at the most and when the month is full I will refer you to some very talented friends of mine. And just because I am so open I want to share with you all about my business and how it works or worked for me and how the last 3 years I have lost money. I think this could be helpful for all those starting or have started a photography business in Utah County and are very cheap for there pricing. I don’t want to offend but it would be useful information on how my journey was and maybe you could avoid doing it the way I did it. Yep, that will be another BIG post…later! And so there you have it BIG CHANGES!

maybe I can find some pictures to post.

Newborns: these 2 were born on the same day.

My niece

My friend Ali. I shot there wedding

  • Thank you for sharing your big changes with us. Sometimes you need to get things out and sometimes there is someone else out there like me that needs to see that others struggle just like I do. Thanks girl, you are amazing.ReplyCancel

  • CONGRATULATIONS! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE your work. I’m glad you will still be shooting even if it will be part time. You Inspire Me and I hope to one day be half as Talented as you are.

    Good Luck with all of your changes this year and I wish your husband the most success with his career change.ReplyCancel

  • Jess, your work has been such a great inspiration and I treasure all of your postings. Good luck to you and your family and your awaited addition.ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations on baby #5! Yay! Congrats to the Bishop family. Also congrats on the new job direction! I hope it all works out fo you guys and the risk you took totally and completely pays off in the end. I am like you- I am too afraid to ever ever do that. But it can certainly pay off big time in the end!

    It’s funny you mention the lower prices on photography- I keep seeing these photogs crop up in UT (it’s so funny how oversaturated it is here- in NC there’s like 2 I swear 😉 and they’re charging like nothing. I’m liking dividing in my head going,
    “So it’s worth it to be paid minimum wage for what you do?? I don’t get it”.ReplyCancel

  • Jess….well said. You are one of the sweetest and most genuine people i have ever met. Things will work our for you and the family of soon-to-be-7! Congrats! And best success to you and the hubby in your new adventures.ReplyCancel

  • Jilleen

    Love ya, Jess!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats on your soon to be baby or babies!ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    I absolutely love your work and would love to someday be half as talented as you are. I can’t wait to read your post on your experience as a photog, I have a friend who thinks you can charge people money and shoot on auto! I am all about “learning”, but last time I checked you don’t get paid to go to school. Congrats on the baby!
    Oh and by the way my husband does frame work so if you need any I would love to trade…(and I’m sure he would too.)ReplyCancel

  • Jess-I love your honesty. You do great work.ReplyCancel

  • CONGRATS JESS!! How exciting to have another child! May you have a wonderful and blessed 2010!ReplyCancel

  • congrats on the baby!!

    Hang in there. Oddly enough.. the best time to start a business is in down times.. I’m sure your husband will make it a big success.ReplyCancel

  • JESS! I have not been here in awhile. Your work is breath taking! Congrats on the little one! I am so excited for you!!! If you need anything let me know. Like Ice Cream…umm…. or pickles….ummm… he..he.. I am excited to see what you have in store this year! You know I’ll be stalking you!ReplyCancel

  • […] I can not tell you how refreshing it was to get this out and off my chest. My mind was…well, a little messy I have not been able to think […]ReplyCancel

  • Ashlie

    Hi Jess –

    I haven’t dropped by your blog in awhile, but I just read your news and wanted to wish you and Greg congratulations on expecting a new little one! It is really crazy how life works and in the midst of trials how we can be drawn closer to good things and the things that really matter in life. I hope that all goes well with Greg’s business!

    Take Care and HI!

  • Congrats on your upcoming arrival! Wow, you took the words right out of my mouth! I am having a similar experience, minus the pregnancy, since I already have five kids. As a photographer in Utah County I look forward to your honesty, especially about pricing. Right now my business is our livelihood. My personal opinion – the whole state needs to raise the bar!! Love looking at your art! You have true talent!ReplyCancel

  • After reading your post I have fallen even more in love with who you are as a person. I have LOVED getting to know you through photography talk, you taking our family photos and me just picking your brain about photo shop. I will be praying that this year brings you and your family TONS of blessings. Good things happen to good people and Jess you are one of the BEST!ReplyCancel


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