The road less traveled | Nashville Tennessee fine art photography, prose + poetry
It was just over two years ago when I started my business as a professional photographer. I'd photographed families and weddings here and there ever since college, and I took the next step and made Carolyn Emily Photography an official business. Over the past two years, I've had the privilege of meeting so many incredible people that I would not have otherwise met if I had not been a photographer. So many lovely couples and families have graced my life and I'm so thankful for the way that they trusted me with documenting such fond memories.
When I first began dreaming of taking my business in a different direction, it scared me to step away from photographing weddings. While I'm not stepping away completely, I feel drawn to take my work down a different road - a road less traveled.
Growing up, I fell in love with art. Particularly photography was such a personal and emotional thing for me. I first fell in love with photography when I was in high school and I made my first pinhole camera. I watched prints develop in the darkroom and have been drawn to this medium ever since. I loved creating images that held personal meaning to me - a diary of sorts. I also loved pairing those images with writing, whether it was a short poem or a short story. I often like to joke that I'm far better at expressing myself through written words than spoken ones.
Since moving to Nashville, I've had a lot of ideas and inspiration that I've been wanting to create and I feel it is time to bring it to life. I feel I've been neglecting my personal work as a photographer. I'm ready to dust off my camera and explore this new city I'm living in, documenting my daily life in the midst of the adventures. I've been missing that personal aspect of my work, and feel drawn to pick my camera back up to document life in a different, yet familiar way. I want to share more of who I am with you, branching out from my current wedding work. I am currently working on putting together a print shop, where I'll be selling prints, artwork, and some of my watercolor poems.
Thank you so much for supporting what makes my heart beat and for seeing value in my work. It means more than I can say. I hope that you'll join me in this transition and that you'll enjoy following along. I'll be writing blog posts once a week (hopefully) that will be focusing on my work, writing, and life in general.
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