Y’all, today is a very special day because today because I’m launching MY OWN brand! Yes, you read that right!
Some of you know, others may not, but I’ve been a photographer for 12 years, how crazy is that?! So when the time came to sit down and think about the future for my photography business, I really dug deep into what I want and where I see my business going. The truth is, I started my career in photography (a wedding photographer to be exact), but I’ve never taken the time to truly dig deep and find out what ignites my passion and drive for photography.
This was probably one of THE HARDEST brands to design, because if you know me, you know how indecisive I am. If you’re a designer, you know how hard it is to narrow down designs you create for a client, but for yourself? Forget about it! I knew when I created this brand it needed to be meaningful. It needed to be special and something I wouldn’t look back on in a few years and go, “Well, I hate it.. can I change it again?”
For someone like myself, design and photography fuel different parts of my creative drive. Design is something I’m crazy about, I love every aspect of the design process and what goes into it, where as photography is more sentimental & a deeper connection to who I am as a person.
Photography has always been something that’s been special to me since childhood. I picked up my first camera when I was just a kid, and didn’t know until high school that yes, you can make a successful career out of being a photographer! But what inspires me most about being a photographer is knowing that I’m creating lasting memories for my clients. I’m not just creating art work, I’m helping them to preserve their memories for generations to come.
In 2020 I lost my grandfather and became a mother, all in the same year. My grandfather was the person who inspired me to pick up a camera and always encouraged me. However, when I became a mother, the way I viewed photography completely changed.
When you become a parent, you feel like your children grow and change overnight. That once little newborn that I remember holding in my arms in the hospital, is now an almost 2 year old who has a silly and feisty personality. The days go by so fast, even when they feel like a million years long, and there comes a day when all you have left are the photographs & memories to look back on when your little one was once tiny (..and couldn’t launch their Cheerios at you).
This past year I’ve truly taken a step back and focused on what I want to do with my photography career and where I want to take it. I’ve realized I truly have put it on the back burner for so long out of fear. But this year I’ve also learned a lot and have grown as a photographer which has reignited my passion for it!
So, I’m sure you’re all wondering, what’s the story behind the name?
You all already know bees are kinda my thing..it’s no secret around here! So when I got to the design process and brainstorming names, I knew it had to be bee themed. I wanted something, that just like Bee Creative, was a play on words. It needed to be unique, match what I do, and something that would last me a lifetime.
I sat in my office and jotted down name after name, page after page, but nothing was feeling right. I texted my friends and asked for suggestions, but still came up blank. So I decided to call my husband and run a few names by him. I told him, “What about something like ‘Little Beeloved, like someone’s beloved child but..like…bee themed…”. I had half said it sarcastically thinking he would laugh at me when he suddenly said, “That’s it. That’s the one.” Me: “Really?? You think so?” He said, “Yeah, matter of fact I like it so much, I think that should be our farm name when we get land someday, Beeloved Farms.”
And thus, not only was my brand named… but also our future farm!
Little BeeLoved started as just an idea, an idea that I was terrified to bring to life simply out of fear. Fear of what people would say. Fear of “Oh you’re making another thing?”. Fear of people not taking me serioously or judging me. Fear of the unknown of if “it’ll work out or not”.
But to me, it’s special and it means something.
Little BeeLoved is more than just a brand to me, it’s part of my story and one day, my family’s story! It’s breaking free from what I think I should do and trusting my passion and my heart. It’s sharing my life, my family, and who we are, as well as the photographs I take. It’s capturing my client’s memories and helping them to pass down their photographs from each generation to the next.
It’s a piece of me that I’ve been too afraid to share but here goes nothing, we’re doing this thing!