I’m Thankful. // Central Illinois Photographer

Hi guys,

This is a little more of a serious/vulnerable post… I’m typically sharing my sessions, and I am sure grateful for the busy fall months, or something about my shopping habits. But in the spirit of the holiday, and thanksgiving break and not having classes, I get to take a step back and say I’m thankful.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to take lovely couple’s pictures. I’m thankful that I can be trusted in capturing an entire wedding day start to finish, and deliver beautiful photos. I’m thankful to be able to meet new people because of the business I’ve built. I’m thankful to love on my couples and clients to make them feel comfortable in front of the camera. I love being able to make people feel beautiful. I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful for my pups. I’m thankful for so much.

Karli Cope Photography isn’t just a hobby I decided I’d do to keep me busy. This is so much more. I want people to feel loved and valued. Because, I know what it’s like to be on the other side. I want to make my brides feel beautiful, because they are. I want people to know I’m in their corner no matter what. This business is so much more than photos.

As I’m sitting on my couch writing this I just am in awe of how all of this has evolved in 9 months. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was laying in bed deciding whether or not to publish my Facebook page or not. I was so scared that I wouldn’t be taken seriously. I was scared I’d be unsuccessful and my friends and family would just see me fail. I was scared. I was scared of everything.

I started out being so self conscious of everything. I made Mitchell look over all my session before I sent them out, I asked people their opinions on almost every single thing I did before I did it. I’ve always struggled with being adequate enough, in all aspects. My photography was one thing I was always particularly nervous to publicly share.

As a perfect example, I wrote this blog post on Tuesday last week, because I wanted to try to put into words how amazed I am of the opportunities I’m blessed with. But my insecurities held me back from posting it. It took me a week to just schedule the blog post.

So thanks, thanks reader, for reading my blog, and supporting me. This thanksgiving, and this year I’m thankful for you.



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