Everything that you want is on the other side of fear. -Jack Canfield
So, here I am...opening my own photography studio. Joanna Niven Photography in Lake Mills, Wisconsin exists. I am jumping off the cliff, into the new world of embracing professional photography as my full-time job. Is it scary? You better believe it! Yet, I truly believe that life is made up of pushing outside of your comfort zone, especially if you want to reap sweet rewards. I have no interest looking back at my life when it's near the end and wondering, "what if".
Photography is my passion, my love. I love having my camera in hand, capturing the sweet spots in all areas of life. Birth photography and newborn portraits are my speciality. I also truly enjoy creating family portraits. I savour the moment when my clients view their photos and voice their LOVE of the photos. Better yet, when a client has tears in their eyes viewing their portraits, I know that I have given them a gift. My personal satisfaction comes from creating timeless images that capture the beauty in life. Yes, I also enjoy the act of photographing others, but my goal is to bless my clients through my photography work. Beyond that, I want to provide my clients with heirloom quality products that showcase their photos.
I have been a "part-time" photographer for over six years. My life has also focused on being a mother, a care provider for other little ones and then working in a graphic design studio as a photographer and project manager beyond my own photography work. My past career before motherhood was in early childhood education. All of my previous years has lead me to this path of opening my own photography studio. I learned a great deal at the graphic design studio, including the ins and outs of running a small, locally-focused business.
Recently, life offered change and my wonderfully supportive fiancee, encouraged me to become a full-time photographer. He told me that it was time, a perfect time, to open a studio. It was time to officially focus on my business. I am so thankful for him and in all the ways he holds my hand in life. He helped to find the studio space, spent countless hours with a paintbrush in hand on a 12 ft. ladder, put up many pieces of photography artwork, all while reminding me that dreams are meant to be lived.
Now, I will admit that I typically don't embrace change unless I choose it. So, I said refused the idea of a studio for a few years. I have been asked if I had plans to open a studio. I never considered it although I did want a workable space in the winter months for those seeking indoor portraits. Yet, I questioned why would I want to have to pay for a space outside of my home? Why would I want such financial overhead that comes with commercial property? I enjoy simplifying life as much as possible. I kicked back at the idea, but a seed was planted. More often, clients shared their own dream of me having a studio space and the seed started to bloom. Now it has quickly grown into a dream that I cannot imagine realizing.
Once I made the decision to step confidently in the direction of my dreams, I have loved every moment! The studio space was waiting for me. Vacant for some time, I spotted the For Sale sign just when I needed it. Having historic hardwood floors, natural light flooding in the windows and a location close to the main square in town, I cannot imagine another spot to start my business. Like all massive changes, it took time and effort to transform the space into a workable studio. Now that it is complete, I couldn't be happier to share this space with my clients.
My photography studio space is for my clients. From the moment that I looked at my studio space, I had my current and future clients in mind. I want my clients to feel welcomed, peaceful and cared for in my studio. From the open, light-filled space for natural portraits to the comfortable furniture, prop selection, dressing/nursing room with a changing table, children's play space, I want to provide my clients with a beautiful space for creating timeless images.
Come and visit Joanna Niven Photography! I would love to see you there!
Joanna Niven Photography is located at 102 Water Street in downtown Lake Mills. Joanna Niven Photography creates natural light maternity portraits, birth photography, newborn and family portraits. Contact me today to book your photography session!