Hello again world, it’s been a long time. It’s been years since I last blogged and I wonder is blogging even still a thing people do? I’ve been “out of the game” for a little bit and I don’t know if people still read blogs or if flipping through Instagram is the way to go now. So for those of you who are still with me and haven’t started scrolling down to the pictures yet, welcome to my blog. And if Instagram is your thing then you can follow me here @melissaenidphotography.
My name is Melissa and I live in Austin Texas with my sweet boyfriend, our super cute pups and one very vocal & demanding cat. I’m from Florida and while I lived there I was a part of the dynamic duo that was Stay Forever Photography. Photography was my full time career for almost 7 years, shooting weddings, couples, families, newborns, events, and traveling to some amazing places too. I loved every minute of it and I had so much fun. But, when life moved me out of Jupiter (to Orlando) and then on to Texas I decided to close that chapter of my life. At the time I thought it was the right thing to do. I didn’t know anyone in Texas and I wanted to work in an office and make new friends and I knew it would be tremendously hard to start over in a new city. When I moved to Austin I got my “dream job” at Livestrong, a nonprofit that helps those fighting cancer. The same Livestrong that had helped my mom during her cancer battle a decade before. I loved my job because of my passion for the cause and during my time working their I made some truly amazing friendships. It was everything I wanted in my new chapter.
I found this quote the other day and it made me smile. I always thought I was a person who hated change. I hate it when I have something planned and those plans change. But I sit here and I think about how much my life has changed these past few years and how much I’ve changed and it’s hard to deny the fact that we all change, whether we like it or not. Photography has always been my passion, from my high school days of yearbook staff to shooting film in the mountains of North Carolina when I was in college to when I finally got the courage to start my own business. I think deep down when I closed that chapter I always knew I could open it back up again when I was ready. And now I’m ready. I have a new job that I really love, a relationship that makes my heart full and a life that makes me happy. When I photographed a wedding earlier this month in Oregon I slowly realized how much I really missed my passion. Blogging was one of my favorite things to do when I had my photography business, so not only am I really looking forward to taking beautiful photos but I’m also really looking forward to writing more.
I feel like I can’t have my first blog post without mentioning one of my biggest supporters. This guy that makes me smile real big is my boyfriend Chad, he’s real cute and I sure do love him a lot. We’re both originally from Florida and we were living in Austin (working on the same street) but we actually met at a bike event in Iowa. We became friends and I joined a cycling group he was a part of that biked around Austin on the weekends. Spending lots of time on the bike together we became friends and that friendship became the foundation for our relationship. You never know when you’ll meet someone that will change your life for the best. Chad, you make my life so happy, my heart so full of love, and my cheeks hurt from smiling. I wouldn’t want to do this life with anyone else. xoxo