Most of us have been there….you’ve been living life, time flying by and then all the sudden it’s like someone hit ‘pause’. You look around and see your husband, kids, and a life that seems to have almost caught you by surprise and then you look in the mirror. You remember who this woman used to be, for me, that woman was confident, determined, energetic, outgoing, trendy and then I see myself now and can barely describe who the woman is that I’m staring at in the mirror…
That was me 3 years ago!
My life up to that point had been a whirlwind, albeit mostly an amazing one and incredibly happy! Married at 20 to the love of my life, moved 11 hours away from all family, pregnant 9 months later, 17 months later quit a career I thought I wanted forever, moved again, had some tragic losses, was consumed fighting the exhausting and heart wrenching battle of secondary infertility for 3 years AND then life suddenly became calm. Ok well maybe not completely calm considering I now had a 4 year old and 6-week-old twins but everything that had consumed my life up to that point suddenly were no longer tying up all of my thoughts and energy. And I was left with that question; you know the question, don’t you?
The question that everyone asks the first time they meet you. The question that we all rehearse in our head to make ourselves sound accomplished, smart, important. You only get one shot so you better make it good. You know the question I’m referring to now, right?
‘WHAT DO YOU DO?’
Do you cringe when someone asks you that? Do you fear that question? For me, every time someone asked me that question I think I cringed more because deep down what I heard was ‘who are you’. Who was Becky Williamson? You see I had truly lost sight of that confident, fun-loving, energetic, people-person, creative, artsy self. I had to do a lot of soul-searching and praying to finally realize that I wasn’t content staying in that place and it was time to reclaim and rediscover who I was. What things did I love? What was I passionate about? It was an amazing and eye opening time for me and the Lord showed me exactly who and where he was calling me to be. It was over the course of that year that my business was born!
With the incredible support of my husband, I had the freedom to reclaim myself and now almost 3 years later I’m amazed and how God had so obviously laid out this path for me. I love this verse from Deuteronomy 31:8
‘The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
I have a renewed mind and spirit and a passion for life, people, and all the things I love and it has never been stronger.
Becky Williamson Photography is not who I am, it’s not where I define my identity. My identity is in Christ and His plan and purpose for my family and this business. I truly only believe this business is a success because God has His hand upon it and I never want to lose sight of that because the moment I do and think that this is about me and my success is the moment I could watch it all disappear. This business IS what I do and I love every moment. I love the friendships I have with my clients and other photographers, the memories I have been able to capture, the moments that I’ve been honored to be a witness to, and I am truly humbled and overjoyed by it all!
This year is all about stepping even more out of my comfort zone as I have really felt like their are things on my heart that God is calling me to share. I am NO writer so you will have to forgive all of the grammar errors, improper use of words, run-on sentences and the like. I hope to share just who I am, where God is calling me and working through me, and of course share this business and all the beautiful faces I meet on a daily basis with yall! Hopefully, something I say will touch someone reading this and it will meet you where you are at the moment and inspire you!
To be continued….this story is just getting started but of course what would a post be without pics!
These were taken just a year into my journey and a huge thanks to Julie Paisley Photography someone who I have come to call a friend and mentor in this business!
She captured all the joy I was feeling…
Becky Williamson Photography serves the Charleston SC, Charlotte, and surrounding areas; specializing in Wedding Photography, Newborn & Family Photography and Destination Photography. If you are interested in learning more about custom portraiture by Becky Williamson please contact us now!