Sandfoot Photography » Find you happy face

If you had looked me in the face at the beginning of 2016 and told me that in one year alone I’d be making another studio move, settling into the perfect spot, enduring and curing back pain, finding out my perfect spot wasn’t perfect, and ultimately, saying what I’m about to say in the end, I’d have told you you were nuts. Then I’d probably have asked you for prayers, a bottle of wine, and a hiding place.

Don’t get me wrong, 2016 has been an incredible year, but you know that feeling when you feel like life has sucker punched you right in the nose? Yep, I had that feeling a couple times. Turns out, that sucker punch was really a miraculous high five from God in disguise. (He’s awesome like that.)

If you have followed the story in the news and on the blog, you already know that the Sandfoot Photography studio now belongs to some very deserving seniors. (From the bottom of my heart, congrats to you, Person County Senior Center. May you make every memory count in your new home. I pray you will adore it as much as I have!) Today, I had the perfect pleasure of flashing those studio lights one last time for a group of awesome kiddos. It was everything it should have been – funny, sweet, silly, and downright special (at least to me). From here, we’ll finish packing and head home for the holidays.

You may also already know that I have recently accepted the honor of joining the Piedmont Community College Foundation in January. While this news may be a surprise to many, to my family and to me, this opportunity is an answered prayer. For almost 10 years, I have had the incredible fortune of turning my favorite hobby into an exciting career. I stepped away from one career path and into another years ago to follow a dream, and as I step back into a field that I love, I consider this new journey to be just as exciting. I am humbled and grateful for this opportunity, and I cannot wait to join the great team at PCC.

With the uncertainty behind me and changes ahead, I can finally answer the question that’s been burned into my heart this year – “What happens to Sandfoot?” While it is so bittersweet to say the words, the time has come to let it go. Many of you have kindly and hopefully asked if I’ll still be shooting on the side in the future. When I started this business I never intended to do it halfway, and that is still not my intention. I’ve learned the hard way to never say never, but at this time, it is my full intention to spend every minute that I am not serving in my new position enjoying the little things I’ve missed with the biggest things in my life. I’m making this move for three reasons, and those reasons are right here:

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“On the side” I hope to use my camera to catch my almost five year-old’s freckles scrunch up when she laughs at her sister. I hope to use it to catch my little one wearing her best “stanky face” and making us all giggle. “On the side” I intend to find time to cook occasionally (I may take that back once the opportunity presents itself), and to get lost in a book instead of spending hours at my computer. “On the side” I hope to see my friends for reasons other than photographing their children, though in moments of weakness and love I’ll probably beg them to let me take “just a couple” once in a while. “On the side” I’d love to hang out with my husband, because he is handsome and funny and the reason I’ve been blessed with this life. I hope to take a trip, visit my family more often, and do it all without being attached to my laptop. “On the side” I want to stay up too late because I’m watching a movie with my girls, making something useless I found on Pinterest, or writing because I love to write. I want to put down the camera, and when I pick it up again, I want to use it with a purpose bigger than paying a bill. Those are the things I’ve missed.

I know I’m not the only woman out there who is overwhelmed. I know I’m not the only one who attempts to fit too many tasks into too few hours. I’m certainly not the only one who has had an interesting year. But right now, in my house, I’m the one who has the chance to change it up a bit. “They’re only little once” is the biggest truth there is, and no hobby or dream is more important than that one.

Thank you, my friends, for making this business feel more like a blessing. Thank you for listening and encouraging and supporting me through so much change in so little time. Thank you for understanding this decision, and thank you for telling me how sad you are about it. I’d be a big fat liar if I didn’t admit that I’m sad too, but the peace of watching God’s plans unfold and the promise of more memories ahead trump that sadness completely. I am SO honored to have been your photographer, and please know that while I might not be pointing a camera in your direction next time you see me, you and your families will always be a part of mine. Don’t forget me when the camera is packed away. 🙂

With love and thanks,

Allison

 

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  • Amanda Schachle - We will be praying for your new journey in life and are so so so very happy for you! I can’t thank you enough for all the beautiful pictures that fill our walls, bookshelfs, and photo albums. I’m so very blessed that our paths crossed 6 years ago. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the memories you’ve captured for my family. You are so right when you say, “God is awesome” He gave us the best photographer there ever was! 6 years ago your camera captured the new love of husband and wife and how bittersweet just a few weeks ago the last photo snapped was of our family of 4. Again, I say Thank you. We will miss our photographer but will always have one of the sweetest friends. I can’t wait to catch up at the next kids birthday party and hear how much you are enjoying life and all you’ve been able to do “on the side” 😉

    With lots of love to you and your family,
    Amanda SchachleReplyCancel