If you had of told me 2 months ago, I’d be writing this post, I would have told you, you are out of your mind.
6 and a half years ago, I jumped in feet first, completely fearless and even a bit, dare I say it, naive. But I had this dream, to have a studio and spend my days working doing something I loved.
What happened next in my journey, in reflection, just blows my mind. Gladstone, you embraced me! You made it possible for me to successfully create my business and thrive! When I say business, really, it means so much more to me than that. I know people regard work as just “a job, something you do for money” and its not something to be confused with life, but truthfully, I couldn’t have ever created my brand without being so completely passionate, invested and connected to you – my clients.
And I have had some amazing support from two people along the way who without them, things may not have been as amazing as they are right now.
Sam McGrath, who has been a massive part of the Gladstone Kellie Blinco Photography studio, since the very beginning, also as responsible for the success, we have shared together. Two crazy pea’s in a pod, we grew together as photographers and she has been the ultimate partner in crime! She is such a super talented photographer, she is the only other photographer in the whole wide world I would have wanted to share this adventure with. She is like a sister to me <3
And 12 months ago, the beautiful Caity Pengelly came and saved me from what was absolutely going to end in me being an exhausted wreck. She is the sweetest, most caring and generous person ever. She is a shining star, I have big dreams for her! She has been responsible for the amazing care you have received when dealing with us.
You, every single one of you, have altered my life. Some of you, I photographed your wedding, your babies as they came along and watched them grow into little people. Your little people held my hand and cuddled me. And not just your children, but you as well. When my grandfather passed away, you bought me flowers, you hugged me when I burst into tears on you. When you knew I was up all night and editing my brains out because I had been so busy, you dropped by with coffee’s and survival kits full of lollies and red bull. On my birthday you came into the studio with cupcakes. Or when it was your birthday, you came by with left over cake, for me. You sent me gifts of your appreciation and thanks when I produced work for you, work that you had paid me to do. My Gladstone studio hasn’t just been a business. It has been a huge part of my life…. because of you all.
Now I find myself, back where I was 6 and half years ago. About to change my life in a major way. Im not completely fearless this time though! Im very emotional to give up what I have here, what I have worked so hard for. But what I do know for a fact is life is so short and it can be a crazy adventure, if you want it to be.
My Gladstone studio will cease to exist, with my last booking to be taken on November 16th, 2014. I am heading off to Perth and will be taking Perth photography bookings once I get settled in, for 2015.
This year, I have felt like nothing I was trying to achieve with my permanent home for my studio, was working out. No matter which avenue I was taking, I was getting road blocks. I am a big believer that you end up where you are meant to and things fall into place. So I leave Gladstone with big dreams still.
They are just different to the ones I had 6 years ago. I hope when I get to Perth, I can still continue my business. I hope I can find people in Perth who just like you did, will love my work. I hope to continue to grow as a photographer. The opportunity to look at my work with a new perspective, the ability I will have to have some growth in my craft, makes my heart sing with happiness. But the driving force behind my decision was my greatest creations, Baily and Lachlan, my two boys who are now turning into actual little men.
I know they are proud of me, as proud as I am of them. I just want more time with them, before they grow up and leave me.
So Gladstone, I don’t even know how to express my gratitude. You taught me I can do anything I want to do, you taught me to have confidence in my abilities. You have shown me what success feels like – when you have picked up your images and cried or told me how much you love the emotion I caught in your images, how when you look at them you can remember exactly how you felt in that moment – that to me is the very definition of achieving success in what I am doing.
I have some wedding bookings for 2015 and my family are here, so I will be back from time to time. I will be available for sessions into next year at certain points, but stay in touch with me on my Facebook page, Ill be shouting out there when I know my dates of availability. I will be around for the rest of the year and have opened up more spaces in my calendar so I can accommodate as many sessions as humanly possible before I go, so the time is now if you want me to photograph you before I head off on a new adventure! Or alternatively, if you are holidaying in Perth, I would be happy to photograph you in my soon to be new home!
QUESTIONS (that I think you might be thinking)
If you have a secured booking as of today, your booking is secure, it will be completed, by me. I am going to come back for ALL of my current 2015 commitments. I have always worked professionally and I would never ever ever do something as unprofessional as turn my back on my commitments. ever.
-We will not be selling any further gift vouchers for our Gladstone Studio
-We will be in touch with all outstanding recipients to secure your session over the coming weeks, if you have a certificate you want to use, feel free to touch base with us.
PAST CLIENTS: My business is not closing down, it is relocating. Your files will always be available for purchase, orders etc. My website, Facebook page, phone number will always remain. I can easily take your orders from Perth and have your orders delivered!
We are still offering interest free take home lay by on all future sessions. We will not be able to accept any in house lay-bys unless they can be completed by 1st November, 2014.
Im still around for a good 5 months yet, and as always, you are always welcome to make an appointment if you are interested in our collections (although spaces are limited) or if you have any concerns, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
much love xo