When I got my first DSLR at 15, I never thought I would be sitting here today writing that photography is what i’m going to pursue full time after my graduation from the University of Oklahoma in May 2018.
Some of you might know that the past 3.5 years I’ve been a full time student, part time photographer, a part time employee at various places, sorority girl (also did a year as Public Relations Vice President), heavily involved in University Sing and Sooner Scandals, friend, and girlfriend. And y’all it was hard. It still is hard. Literally last night I got home from a wedding and had to immediately sit down to do homework, so not ideal but oh my goodness has it been rewarding. I’ve learned so much about myself, my talents, business, customer service, time management, and the list goes on and on. I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without all of the things that I have been involved in the past 3.5 years. But as I look forward to my graduation in May, I am absolutely thrilled about the path I am choosing.
Trying to balance all of this at once was sometimes a dream and sometimes a nightmare. There have been times I’ve been so dedicated to one thing, I ended up greatly sacrificing, or failing, on another. But there have also been times when I was greatly relying on God that He made everything perfectly align and it seemed like the best thing in the whole world. I cried a lot, I was joyous a lot, I fell in love, I made friends, I lost friends, I won some stupid college competitions that I love so much, all because of the Lord’s provision. Now, I believe He is leading me out of this college season and into a better one, a season of Carsyn Abrams Photography.
I didn’t come into college wanting to continue photography. I actually told people that I wasn’t interested in it at all. I started off majoring in Middle Eastern Studies, and soon realized that Arabic is really hard and this girl needed to make a change to keep my sanity. I switched to a major into the journalism college, Creative Media Production, and I never looked back on my pre-college dreams. It took awhile but the Lord was persistent on my heart about photography.
I won’t pretend that I have all the pieces together but I do know that with the Lord’s help and guidance I will succeed at whatever He has planned for me. This time last year I was run ragged by school, had almost 0 confidence in my dreams of doing weddings full time, and was struggling in more ways personally than I could’ve imagined. Today I am here with a renewed understanding of my purpose on this earth, to serve the kingdom of God and He has faithfully answered my prayers for clarity. In my weakest moments, He made me strong.
There are doubts, rightfully so, but none of them are from me. I am 100% sure that this is the direction that God wants me to go and I am faithfully pursing it the best I know how. In May, things will be changing. My list of obligations gets much much shorter. The time I have to dedicate to my business grows exponentially. The amount of clients I can take on increases by A LOT. I cannot wait!
To the clients that have stuck by me through it all, thank you. I wouldn’t have the confidence to run after my dreams if it wasn’t for you hiring me. To my friends, thank you for always being my models, encouragers, shoulders to cry on, drinking lots of coffee and eating lots of Whataburger & donuts with me. To Cody, my love, thank you for loving and supporting me through it all, and constantly reminding me of the strength that can always be found at the Cross, I know I wouldn’t be doing this without your encouragement.
With all that being said, I’m here stay. I’m an artist, a creative, a photographer that is committing to pursing her biggest dreams as long as the Lord will let me. My dates for 2018 weddings are filling up fast and a warning, I will be raising my prices on December 1st. If you are interested in wedding coverage, reach out here. I will be opening bookings for 2018 seniors in January when I finalize my school schedule. Sign up for my emails to be the first to know!
Welcome to the new Carsyn Abrams Photography. I hope you enjoy because I AM HERE TO STAY!