Taking the leap!
I have never really told my story or opened up about my businesses but today I am! Let’s get real!
The first time I even thought about going full time with my business was last year when Borrow My Vintage was becoming more popular and needed more of my attention, my inbox was flooding and we decided to build an on-site warehouse for all of our rentals.
I’ve been a photographer for SIX years! It’s crazy to really think about that. I’ve been photographing weddings since 2012 when a couple found me on Craigslist (yes, Craigslist) and trusted me with photographing their wedding. Shout out to Katy and Matt for trusting and investing in me. It opened a huge door for me!
Katy + Matt on their wedding day! The very first wedding I photographed!
With the expansion of Macy Marie Photography, I opened a small studio in Downtown Iowa City where I loved having my own little space with a huge window letting in tons of natural light. It was my little slice of heaven. It’s where I photographed newborns, cake smashes and held consultations with clients. It is also where Borrow My Vintage first started almost 4 years ago. A handful of mason jars, one suitcase and a few crates, I started renting out my rustic décor, not having any idea what I was really doing or where it would really take me.
I had NO IDEA that Borrow My Vintage would be where it is today. But with that being said, it takes a lot of time to keep things up and running on top of photographing weddings and let’s throw in my Etsy shop now
On January 1, 2012, I got my first big girl job for what I actually went to school for, Medical Assisting! I wasn’t even out of school yet, but was so excited to have a great job with benefits and retirement before I was even 21! And yes, I am crazy for leaving that position.
5 years later I was still working at UIHC at that same clinic. My clinic really became my second family. I loved my job, my co-workers and patients. But I was also stretching myself VERYYY thin. I was tired, losing my creativity and overall feeling like I was all over the place. It was to the point where I needed to further my education in the health field or chase my dreams.
So, I made the biggest decision of my life so far (with a little help and encouragement from my hubs)
I put in my 2-week notice at my job!
It’s truly the craziest feeling! Walking out of my job for the last time with all my belongings and knowing I’m not coming back tomorrow. But it was also knowing I have more freedom for my businesses. I can truly focus and start growing my businesses into what I want them to be.
I have no idea where I will be a year from now or even a month, but I know I am happy! I can wake up every morning knowing I get to put all my effort into the stuff I love every single day.
I’m also excited to slow down. I know, that sounds funny. Why would I slow down? I now have time to read a book for myself, I can make a bowl of popcorn and watch a movie with my husband when he gets home from work instead of hibernating in my office every evening, and I can walk the dogs and not feel guilty that I could be working on emails or editing.
I can finally set normal office hours! I’m still working on them but as of now they will be 9-4 Tuesday-Friday.
So, I have too many people to thank and I will probably forget some people but here it goes!
My wonderful husband, Ryan. Seriously, I’m a better person because of you. Thank you for letting me chase my dreams, pushing me to be better and never saying no to my crazy ideas, when I need 300 vintage plates cleaned, when I need a new backdrop built within a week or pulling over because I spotted a thrift store. I LOVE YOU!
My family, they are awesome. This only means more Facetime dates with my sister, but less lunch dates with my momma at work. They think I’m crazy 99.9% of the time but still support all my ideas, show up to bridal expos to help set up, are always up for thrifting trips, and bring me back to reality.
Ryan’s parents who take care of our pups when we are out of town and drive the Penske trucks when Ryan can’t get off work and help set up furniture.
My Tuesday Together Group and friends. Thank you for showing up to the meetings, ha! I can call any of you at any time if I need anything. You guys are truly my best friends and I love each and every one of you. When I told you guys that I’m going full time pretty much all of you responded with – FINALLY.
UIHC co-workers, you guys made it so hard to leave my job but were so supportive when I decided to leave. You guys have been my outlet for the last 5 years!
My vintage rental group, creative at heart friends, and all creative friends I have met along the way. I love watching all of your businesses grow and learning from all of you! Each one of you had a part in me taking this leap. It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally here!
Lastly, my clients for any and all of my businesses! If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be able to live my dream every day! From everyone who has trusted me to take their wedding, family, and newborn photos – THANK YOU! It means so much that you love and enjoy my work as much as I do. I truly love photographing people and that will always be my first love. Thank you for investing, referring and coming back for more photos.
Borrow My Vintage clients, I never knew I could love vintage furniture so much and love that you love my pieces as well. I love getting emails from potential clients who want to rent furniture and use their “name,” it means so much that you have taken the time to look through my website and recognize that each piece is so unique and has an everyday name to fit that personality! Thank you to past clients who have taken care of my items and brought them back in the same condition, who refer their friends and spread the love about my business.
I now have more time to focus on my clients, find new items for BMV, take on more weddings for either business and enjoy life too!
Here’s to a new chapter!
Professional images: Frees Frame Photography & Design
Hair + Makeup: Stacy Water