This post is WELL overdue. For those of you that aren't aware Jeff and I purchased a historic home in the heart of Fonda, NY. I'll be honest after living in the south for several years, coming back to NYS was never really a main thought. Due to certain events at our last duty station I moved home while Jeff finished out the PCS in Maryland. After being back in the area we both feel there is a huge need for us to be here and invest in an area that holds a special place in our hearts(despite the never ending winters, terrible gun laws and outrageous taxes).
The house is going to be a TON of work but well worth it in the long run. Most days I know for certain that it's going to be great but i'll admit.. some days I feel pretttyyyyyy crazy. Thankfully God has blessed me with a husband who is extremely patient & supportive.
When I first started shooting 5 years ago I never thought i'd be where I am today. After shooting more and more I found a need for a business page but never really wanted to charge or commit. That's when B o G Photography (Because of Grace) was born and I've operated under that name for three years now as something on the side/for fun but never advertising or pushing for sales. I wanted to take my time and grow at a steady and healthy pace that could be handled. Fast forward to 2015... there was another nudge to take it to the next step. New location, new name/logo, new dream. BoG has been very good to me and taught me many lessons. A great reminder that everything we have and are able to do is because of Grace.
With that being said one morning doing chores the new name came to me and i've been ecstatic ever since.. I wanted to wait for the house to be closed on so I could register the business. So as of today (2/10/16) I am officially doing business as... Are you ready?!
These are the two variations of the logo i've come up with so far. The shape is an outline of Montgomery County, the center lines are what's called aperture blades which is a part of the camera lens. When the blades open they allow more light and when they're closed it lets less light into your camera.
The hole is currently placed where Fonda is located on the map of Montgomery County.
I'm BEYOND excited for everything about this business. The name and the logo but mostly the concept.
God has placed a fire and a passion in me to really invest in this community and I can't wait to see how He uses this business to help the community.
Local Focus will be operating out of our new home on 29 Broadway in Fonda.
Early on in my photography journey it was clear I didn't want to be limited to just my personal photography but instead found so much joy in teaching and mentoring as well. We look to offer both in studio and on location sessions as well as offer lessons and beginner classes. I'm also considering offering an editing service for digital photos. Very excited for all the possibilities but for now i'm keeping it fairly simple!
I've set a personal goal to start doing photo stories and write more blogs on local business and artists in the area.
During the week i'm also hopeful to offer bible studies for women and youth in the area and eventually do some really great outreach activities for the local kids!
I want to thank all of you so much for your CONSTANT love and support in this journey. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for the prayers, kind words and encouragement pushing me towards a dream I never knew I had.
Stay tuned for the next big update and don't be alarmed when the name changes on Facebook. I'm already in the process of switching things over on the website. Thanks again for the love and support!