Downtown Raleigh Anniversary Session | The Overtons

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When One Door Closes…

When I rebranded my business last year, I decided that I would no longer be offering photography services to the masses. This was a difficult decision for me, but I knew my business wouldn’t be able to grow if I continued pursuing both editing and photography. I never had enough time to dedicate to each aspect of my business, and something had to change. I thought giving up photography would be giving up a huge part of myself. Thankfully, I was very wrong.

…Another Door Opens

Even though it was hard to give up photography, it was the best decision I could have made for my business. I now have enough time to dedicate to editing and run a thriving company. It’s one of the biggest reasons I was able to go from two clients to fifteen clients in just one year. It also allowed me to double my income each year for the last three years — that’s a huge deal!

Not only did this decision help me to build a better business, but it also prevented me from burning out. It was only my second year, and photography was already taking a toll on me. It was present in both my job and my personal life, which made it difficult to separate the two. Every vacation I went on, I barely touched my camera just so I could have time to relax. I had tons of family events where I brought my camera, but prayed that nobody would ask me to take it out. To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement. Cutting out photography opened doors for me that I never could have imagined. It helped me to rekindle my passion for photography, which I’m incredibly thankful for! Now that it no longer feels like work, and I enjoy capturing personal moments in my life once again.

Meet the Overtons | Downtown Raleigh Anniversary Session

It’s been two years since I last photographed these high school sweethearts. I was so honored to when they asked me to do a downtown Raleigh anniversary session for them back in August! Not only are Kate and Cole celebrating two years of marriage, but they also just finished building their first house together AND they’re expecting a little one in March! We also found out this weekend that it’s going to be a boy. That’s right! Zach and I are getting a sweet little nephew! We truly could not be more excited for them during this amazing season of their lives!

Downtown Raleigh Anniversary Session by Emily Moore

Downtown Raleigh Anniversary Session by Emily MooreDowntown Raleigh Anniversary Session by Emily Moore

Downtown Raleigh Anniversary Session by Emily Moore

Downtown Raleigh Anniversary Session by Emily Moore

Downtown Raleigh Anniversary Session by Emily Moore

Downtown Raleigh Anniversary Session by Emily Moore

Downtown Raleigh Anniversary Session by Emily Moore

Downtown Raleigh Anniversary Session by Emily Moore

Downtown Raleigh Anniversary Session by Emily Moore

Downtown Raleigh Anniversary Session by Emily Moore


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  1. Cara says:

    These are so gorgeous! What a classy and beautiful session!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    What a sweet connection these two have! I love the light and airy tones to this session and her dress is gorgeous!

  3. Mandy says:

    Wow, good on you for putting yourself first and realising what is important in your life. I also decided to cut down on the number of weddings I’m doing in 2018. Loving this session of this gorgeous couple!

  4. Jess says:

    Wow, gorgeous photoshoot! I love the colors and how bright and clean your editing is. Congratulations to them on their little baby boy!

  5. Kristy says:

    I feel you about getting burned out! I totally get it! Gorgeous images, and adorable couple! So happy for them! Congrats on the baby to them both!

  6. Hilary says:

    What a beautiful session. I totally understand your reason for taking the break from photography; I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed it. Great job!

  7. Emilyanne says:

    They are so sweet! Full of such joy and anticipation for their little guy! Best of luck to them!

  8. Jamie says:

    They look so happy! How special that you made an exception for them and shot this beautiful session – its great to do what you love! <3

  9. Stevie says:

    These are all so beautiful!! I can FEEL the happiness. Beautiful job!!

  10. Sarah M Holladay says:

    So proud of you for making such a huge decision for your business!! This cute anniversary session looks like a great one to feed that little creative flame inside you. Beautiful work!

  11. Sandi says:

    I can’t imagine how hard that decision must have been for you to make. I am so glad it worked out 😄

  12. Jessica says:

    That’s so interesting…I’ve heard a lot about photographers outsourcing the editing but not so much the other way around. I’m so glad you realized what you’re most passionate about and were able to focus on that! This session is gorgeous!

  13. Meghna says:

    Wow! So proud of you for taking a decision regarding your business. Beautiful pictures in this post too!

  14. Alyssa Bouma says:

    love that you were able to do what you needed for yourself and your business! and i’m glad that you’re able to
    pick the camera back up now and enjoy it!

  15. These are beautiful! What a lovely couple, they look so happy! My husband and I should do an annivesary session <3

  16. Melissa Hirsch says:

    dang, good for you cutting back on photography to create a better business and life for yourself! bet you just love doing your photo sessions now! These two are so cute. <3

  17. Congratulations on the bold but worthwhile decision to change your business. I love to hear success stories like this! And what a beautiful session…love the clean classic style of these photos.

  18. April says:

    Oh my goodness! I love these anniversary photos! Her dress is so pretty and I love all the genuine laughter captured!!

  19. Jennifer says:

    So lovely! I can feel their bond though the photos!

  20. Kusum says:

    Such a sweet couple and gorgeous photos! love the dress she is wearing

    xx, Kusum

  21. Morgan ellis says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous! They’re going to treasure these forever, an anniversary, pregnancy and house, how magical!

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