I CANNOT BELIEVE I AM HEADING TO ICELAND FOR A WORKSHOP!!! How is this even possible?! I mean I know how it happened because I paid for it, but I cant believe I actually took the plunge! Ok, let me start from the beginning because this story is needs to be told and has a good message to it.
I have been wanting to shoot elopements for about as long as I have been shooting weddings. I have been discouraged in the past from pursuing that route. Some would say I was new and I needed to pay my dues before I could venture out on my own. I believed that because they had a version of success that I did not (bad idea, always do you). So I worked in big weddings while I build up my portfolio and learn how to make my dream a reality. I am still not 100% there, but I have a ton of knowledge when it comes to weddings and I am learning more everyday.
Sorry got off topic…
I want to do elopements there is something so magical about witnessing someones love without an audience. There is literally nothing better to me that the intimacy it provides. So I ran into this amazing account online that is ran by the one and only Megan Macphail. Megan is a business coach specializing in helping people like me build their elopement business. I have always wanted to work with her, but it was never the right time, until recently.
I saw that she was posting about a workshop in Iceland she was hosting with her and another photographer. The messaging was about giving you not only amazing places to shoot for your portfolio, but making sure to give knowledge that will leave you excited to go home and implement them. When I saw her post I was SOLD, but I thought I wouldn’t be able to. Those thoughts of not being good enough and following the plan to play it safe is what I should do. I thought to myself that if, all the spots are taken by a certain time then I know it was not meant for me. It was like I was siking myself out before I even trusted and believed in myself.
Now here is where things get interesting, I was praying one day and felt like I am working so hard. I know that I do not want to follow the “traditional” way of being successful or keep paying these “dues”. Then, I thought of my friend, Saron. She recently passed and one thing I loved about her was her sense of adventure. She went for things with faith with no fear in her eyes. At this point I am building up the courage, I needed a push. I meant it is ICELAND!
Later that day, I am talking to my best friend a she stops me in the middle of my sentence and says, ” and it clicked for me. You have to believe in yourself and go for the things that you want. Even if you do not make it to your destination, something valuable will come out the situation. Whether it is success or a lesson. So I signed up and freaked out for the entire night because I have always wanted to see the northern lights. It has been my dream since I was a kid and I can tell you now the 8 year old Krissy would be so proud of me.
Somethings you gotta step out on faith. Sometimes you gotta take the leap. Sometimes you gotta do something different in life. Of course there is no blueprint to this life. You gotta believe that what’s inside of you will carry through the good and the bad in life. I am starting to believe that more and more each day and I hope you do too.
I want to take you on this journey with me! I want to create more content about my life and where I am at. I hope to encourage you to keep dreaming! I mean I have dreamt for years to see the Northern Lights and this opportunity comes along to go to Iceland! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! It will be such a life altering time for me and I want to share it with you. It is a phenomenal way to connect with people and encourage people even. So if you are down for a journey then let’s do it! Let’s be friends and cheer each other on!!