I have been so excited to share this… CHOMPING AT THE BIT, REALLY… and it’s here, well a little bit of it.
I’ve spent the last 13 years building a business that I’m so proud of. I have the most precious, loyal, insanely beautiful, talented, believing, trusting clients a photographer could ask for. My wedding clients trusted me when I told them I would shoot their weddings like “album covers” because there was no photographic reference for what I envisioned on a wedding day- now look at this incredible industry. My clients waited for their proofs to be processed and printed before film could even be scanned- and ordered prints from me that I slaved in the darkroom to create for them. They were patient with me as I learned how to function shooting digitally- with my film camera close by because I couldn’t “risk” it with digital- now for so many the “risk” is film… (it’s so cool to see the “risk” being taken again and again these days! ) They were loyal to me when I moved ACROSS THE OCEAN and scheduled their sessions when I was home, planned their wedding dates around my travel schedule, and INVESTED in me by following my travels, reading the endless chatter on my blog, and telling everyone they knew to do the same. I can’t say THANK YOU enough. I am so humbled by the love and support that i’ve been showered with through the years. It’s all been a treasured gift from God. I can’t take credit for any of it.
I left college with a BFA in Photography and a desire to teach- grad school was the only option to be an “official” teacher… and i was DOOOOONE with school. I remember talking to Mr. B (my beloved professor) and saying, I’m going to do it- I’m going to teach, but I’m going to do it MY WAY, and i did. I began teaching CRASHcourses in photography to anyone with a camera and a desire to learn. It was so incredibly rewarding. Soooo many discovered incredible gifts hiding within and with the tools to express them, came alive in ways unimaginable without this gift of photography. I taught photographers who wanted to learn business, balance, growth, and to be empowered by the vision unique to them, and in a sea of photographers, shine & stand tall. I’ve always operated from a place of MORE. there is always MORE. MORE CREATIVITY, MORE IDEAS, MORE WORK, MORE TO GIVE, MORE TO RECEIVE. THERE IS ALWAYS MORE… From this deep belief I’ve shared all I know, I’ve given away all I have to give, and I’ve been better for it. I’ve grown in ways that you only can when you empty yourself out and believe that only God can fill you back up. I’ve held nothing back, I’ve laid it all on the table. I’m really, really proud of that.
I’ve known for about a year that there was something great coming, I could feel it stirring deep within me, so I waited and little by little began to close the doors of Shauna Maness Photography… I had no idea what was around the corner… but I could feel that a great chapter was closing and a new one beginning. I can say IN ALL HONESTY that I can look back, hold my head up and say, I DID IT MY WAY. (cue
Frank Sinatra Jay Z) But I could not have done it alone, THANK YOU ALL for your love, support, belief, and unwavering loyalty.
ON TO THE NEXT… (cue Jay Z again)
this is going to be great.
when i say great, i mean GREAT.
I HOPE YOU JOIN ME FOR THE RIDE.
Enter Candace Moore and
I’ve gushed over and over about how I love her work. This girl is a force to be reckoned with. I knew it INSTANTLY. I was shaken by her work the first time I laid eyes on it- and she continues to blow me away DAILY. The short version of this story is that I wanted to build something GREAT. I WANTED TO BUILD A COMPANY that was as big as my dreams… and there is only one person on the planet that I could do that with… We share the same dreams, visions, training, beliefs, loves, hopes, and heart behind it all. We are each other’s other creative half. It’s more of a gift than I could ever say to sit across from someone who makes you better, who you know is willing to work her fingers TO THE BONE, push until there is nothing more, and then get up and do it all over again. We are MINERVA HOUSE.
We’ve started a Photography company that will focus on Wedding, Select Lifestyle, and Fashion Photography. We are beyond excited.
So my photography world has merged into MINERVA HOUSE- and the work I create can be found at www.thisisminvervahouse.com. This will still be my blog- I’ll share my personal journey, inspiration, and thoughts on any given thing… and of course, a peak into the MINERVA HOUSE world.
A look into our world is up now… head over and say hello! PHOTO CREDIT: JME OF CHERRYBONES PHOTOGRAPHY