My Photography Website is Public! Let’s Celebrate!

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It has been a bit since I posted. I needed a break from the hustle and the pressure of social media to get some things done! And that is exactly what I did!

My husband finally finished my photography website and business cards! The cards are in and the site is up! So begins the official start of my business. I have been going for some time just on the faith of my clients to trust me to deliver, but now they have something to actually look at and a way to contact me! And they can share my cards with interested friends! I couldn’t be more excited and nervous all at the same time.

I am sure that God will open the right doors and close the wrong ones! I pray for each soul that I come in contact with.

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This sunset photo is from 2012 about 4 months after Wes and I got married. The reflection is actually from the top of the Grand Marquis I was driving at the time, but I like that if you didn’t know you may think it’s a body of water. I took this before I was using photoshop or had my current (marvelous) camera. I am so thankful that I have a great camera to work with now and have grown tremendously in my skills with photoshop considering I couldn’t even open and close it before Christmas of 2012!

I pray for my words and interactions to be the love of our Father embracing them! I want to be His vessel through my business. People sometimes think that this journey may mean success and money in the future, but that is not my intention or goal. My “success” comes through loving and ministering to those I photograph. If they leave feeling cared for then I’ve done what I set out to do. I think that with a focus on ministry instead of money my photos can touch souls in ways I may not even realize. My prayer for my business is that it brings hope to the broken-hearted, makes the insecure feel beautiful inside and out, and to bless families of all sizes. I’m passionate about being driven to do my Father’s business. That’s what’s most important. Not money, fame, or worldly success.

My website is marysharpjohnson.com so please check it out if you get an opportunity. There are still some mobile tweaks that Wesley is working on, but in time we hope to have the site fully functional on tablets, all types of phones, and computers. Most people are on the go and I’d love to make it easy to access in whatever form that works best for you guys!

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What an exciting journey this will be! I’d love to hear from any and all of you! Send me an email via the contact form on my website or just copy and paste from here. marysharpjohnson@gmail.com

What has your fall looked like? What new adventure are you on?

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Update on my etsy shop!

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              Another find were these tree patterned containers that can hold stuff and be candle holders all at once! I also updated my about page, and added a temporary shop logo in addition to the banner and profile pic that already existed. Plus I updated my LinkedIn account a bit. I’d say the day has been productive!

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           Having an etsy store can be slow going, but investing your time and efforts pay off eventually. I made another sell recently and enjoyed packaging it up and sending it. It’s always such a thrill. Snail mail is magical.

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            Go take a look and be looking forward to new listings going up soon!             https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarysReliquaries

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Seasons change…

I’m so ready for fall. For layered clothes. Beautiful fall foliage. For pumpkin seeds, warm apple cider, and bundling up in blankets!

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This spring and summer has been good, and we had a wonderful vacation with the Johnson gang. I’ve enjoyed this summer, but I’m just soooo ready for a change of pace.

Fall has always been my favorite season and I can’t hide my loyalty to the season much longer.
It is only in the past two weeks that I’ve begun complaining about things like the temperature, awful red bugs, or my fair skin being at risk. I’ve been pretty patient and even got into the spirit of it all by planting Vincas in our flower bed with Wesley. I photographed vbs at church and made new friends. I’m feeling more involved and connected with people from our small group. I’m praying that some of the connections I made will help lead me closer to a photography job in Dallas or rather more jobs for my own business. There are some exciting possibilities. I’m investigating them now that we have returned from vacation.I’ve taken lots of pictures in the past few months and gotten good practice using my new equipment and newly learned skills in PhotoShop.

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I continue to be on the look out for opportunities to serve at church and hope to continue meeting people and making connections God will use. I know He’ll provide something in HIS timing as far as jobs go. I am trying to learn to ignore what other people think or ignorantly assume my life may look like when I say I do photography and run an online vintage clothing store. They tend to treat me like it’s not a real job and that I’m lazy. Those people just don’t know the hard work that goes into both things. It’s patience that I am working on. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a wife and homemaker. But I don’t really want to be a mom for a good 3 or 4 years. And I think photography is something I may be able to continue even when I do start having children, but only time will tell. I pray that I become more motivated and find success with my photography business and etsy shop. I’m also not just praying about it. I’m doing hard work, learning a lot, and I have goals I’m working towards. Part of that includes taking lots of photos, editing lots of photos, looking at a lot of other websites for inspiration to decide what mine needs to look like, and making a business plan for my photography business. Most people don’t know how long all this takes to actually take off, or become successful or how dedicated and hard working you have to be to follow through and make these things happen.

I’d love to see myself gain more experience with photography and take a photography business class. My dream is to have a home photography studio. I am passionate about the idea of God using that gift He gave me to bless others. If I can bring Him glory through my photography then that is what I’d consider a successful career in that field. I could care less about the money because money isn’t what I’m after in life. I think for me it’s about loving well and hopefully letting my life be a reflection of God’s heart. I am not an idiot, and I understand that you need money to function. But I also am not craving it and seeking it for happiness. I see so many people going after careers and money as if that will fulfill them and they are just miserable. It’s sad to watch.

Another thing I’ve begun this summer is opening an etsy shop online and obviously running that from home. It’s a productive use of my free time whenever I’m done with my daily online job searching, general house keeping, and such. I even made my first sale!!!

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It wasn’t a huge deal, but it felt pretty exciting! I am considering trying to sell prints of my photography on there. I’ve seen many successful photography shops through etsy. My shop name is Mary’s Reliquaries (https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarysReliquaries) and boy was it hard to find a shop name that wasn’t already taken. Wes came up with it for me and when I realized it was free to use I quickly grabbed it up. It rhymes, is catchy, and will easily be inclusive of a variety of types of listings. I didn’t want to be stuck with a shop name specifically for just clothing in case I include my photography, art, or other vintage items in the future. For now there are mostly vintage clothing listings. I am sketching up ideas for a store dashboard /banner currently. Once I decide I like my design I’ll have Wes scan it in and use his wacom tablet to give it a watercolor font and graphic designer touch.

Wes even found the perfect summer candle that I’ve fallen in love with. I recommend you try it out. It’s a Mainstays candle and the scent is Peach & Mango. It’s such a party for the nostrils.
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But now I am ready to change seasons! Like, now. So how about I wake up and it’s fall??? (Yes, pleeeeease??? Amen)