Hi everyone! This is Stephanie with Called2Capture Photography. I'm ecstatic to write our first blog post and reveal what Julio and I have been doing behind the scenes. About five months ago, my husband and I bought our first home. This was a long three months full of paperwork, financial commitment, and anticipation. One of the most exciting things is receiving your keys to your own home and seeing the fruition of your hard work. We went from renting a one bedroom, one bathroom apartment to owning our own townhouse with three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. Interestedly, our rent had cost the same as our new mortgage. Down to the very dollar. As a young couple in our first year of marriage, it was going to take us a little while to fill the two rooms and decide what we wanted to do with them. But the excitement of being on this journey together has brought us much joy.
After settling in for a few months, it was time to build our home office. When you build something completely from scratch, the designing process can be incredibly fun. We chose this particular room in the house because it allows for natural light during the day. We knew we wanted black furniture with a pop of color. There had to be a modern design but also enough space for organizing things. I wanted a desk, leather couch, coffee table, two side tables, and a spacious bookcase. We kept these things in mind as we went shopping. We found what we were looking for and brought it home. The building adventure has begun!
Believe it or not, I actually built the coffee table and end tables all by myself. Only to find out afterwards I was using the wrong screwdriver the entire time, LOL! Another late night was spent building the desk. Thankfully Julio took on this project because I was having a difficult time with it. The last piece of furniture we added was the leather couch. It is quite the statement piece and added the finishing touch. It was also the easiest thing to put together, so it was the perfect way to end the building portion.
The little details and knick-knacks took the most time and required the most thought. Everything throughout the office has some value or meaning to it. The tower of blue boxes is full of cards from many years and moments. We have yet to write on the chalk calendar, but we will fill in daily tasks and goals of how we will build our business. The painting above the desk is from a wine & art class at Uptown art with my two best friends. On each side of the painting is my high school diploma and bachelor's degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. The beautiful three squares in the hutch are from my best friend Sarah. The wooden coasters next to the lamps are hand carved by the Navajo Native Americans. We just bought those on Mt. Charleston while we were visiting family in Las Vegas, Nevada. My graduation photo stays on my desk to remind me that all hard work and perseverance pays off. If I can create a four year degree plan, pull all-nighters, write 20+ page research papers, and graduate on time with mostly A's, then I can accomplish anything I put my mind to.
Our wedding album on the coffee table is a constant reminder of why we have switched our business model. Rather than giving our clients all of their beautiful photos on a CD that will become outdated, I want them to have artwork in an album or canvases that they will treasure for a lifetime. I can look at our wedding album and follow the story from our day. This is something my family can cherish for the next one-hundred years.
I love reading so I have the tendency to hoard books. When I was going through my books to decide which ones to put on the bookcase in the office, I chose my favorite theology and photography books. Just to give you an idea of how many books these were chosen from: I had four boxes of books I donated and three other book cases completely full in our spare bedroom. Can you say addiction? One cannot grow or improve without knowledge. There are many things yet to discover. On the top shelf is a travel journal, sample photo album, and a rubix cube my best friend Amanda made for me when we were freshmen in high school. The second shelf from the top has a century old Bible collection. This is a gold mine for nerds like me. The third shelf has some photography books. The scroll there is the Torah, the first five books in the Bible. My grandma was Jewish and it was a present from her. The two other cameras on that shelf are vintage. One of them was my grandfather's camera. He was a photographer as well. I keep it there as a reminder that with time and dedication, anything is possible. The fourth shelf is full of photo albums. I end up printing about one thousand photos every year. One of the most important things you can do in life is #existinphotos. Even if you don't like how you look now, take photos of yourself and others. Print them out and you'll LOVE seeing them years from now. The last row is full of my magical photography gear.
In the last few photos, you can see my lovely office assistants, Leo and Dolly. I am such a cat person and love these two trouble makers. Dolly is still a kitten. Since she's part maine coon, she is going to get way bigger than Leo. Can't wait until she shows him who's boss ;)
Having a home office is significant for so many reasons. In our apartment we used to have, I would dream of having a home office. Now I have a place where I can work in solitude and create artwork. It marks a milestone we have overcome in our business. Since we have reached this point, I know Called2Capture will continue to grow tremendously over the next few months. What started out as a dream is becoming a reality. I invite you to embark on this journey with me and see us fly from our humble beginnings.