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The Path to Self Employment

The path to self employment… strewn with cats. Photograph taken in Marrakech, Morocco by Briana Morrison+

The path to self employment is long and difficult and sometimes it’s easy to feel like your dreams will never come true.

For the last year I have been on the emotional roller coaster of longing.  Watching my budding photography business grow is wonderful but sometimes the path to success seems impossibly far.

I celebrate each victory, get giddy with every inquiry, and sigh with happiness after every wedding or boudoir session I photograph.  But sometimes in those moments in-between, when a potential client chooses another photographer or my inbox hears nothing but crickets, I forget that this is an ever evolving journey.  Sometimes there are speed bumps or miles of empty road…

But then my spirit lifts again as I remember that eventually I’ll see someone and they’ll see me and we’ll click instantly and make some magic together.  I live for the moments when I get to connect with other artists.  When they choose me to document their weddings or create succulent images of their beautiful selves, I feel inspired and alive and so very blessed to be living a life of purpose.

So for those of you who have trusted me with your special moments and vulnerable bodies, I thank you.  Thank you for choosing me and helping me make this dream of mine grow.


  • January 10, 2014 - 8:20 pm

    Shannon Rosan - You are amazing Bria!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2014 - 10:50 am

    Jasmine - I only just stumbled across this. You are lovely and this is so important. Connection takes time and building this thing that is a successful business takes years. It’s a slow-moving beast, so I know how you feel!ReplyCancel

    • February 5, 2014 - 9:28 pm

      Bria - Luckily I have a great handful of supportive friends to help me through the rough patches. 😉 Thanks for that!ReplyCancel

  • January 30, 2014 - 9:59 pm

    jojo - self employment is difficult. but so worth it. keep putting your work out there. its beautiful! i wish i lived in portland because i love your work and would love to have you shoot me (boudoir style!) i may just gift-to-self for my birthday this year!! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • February 5, 2014 - 9:25 pm

      Bria - I completely agree! It may be a slow process but I am loving every minute of it. Also, boudoir is my passion and I would gladly travel to the end of the world to photograph you, but I doubt you’re that far away. 😉 Shoot me a note when you’re ready to plan something and we can dive into the details!ReplyCancel

  • February 2, 2014 - 12:57 pm

    Vanessa - Your work is amazing. Hang in there and i’m sure success will find you. I would hire you in a heart beat if you lived closer. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • February 5, 2014 - 9:26 pm

      Bria - Aww thanks Vanessa! And I’m not afraid of a little travel. 😉ReplyCancel

  • February 6, 2014 - 10:43 am

    Meg - Putting your skill/art/artisanship out there is de facto terrifying. Trying to make a living out of them just piles even more pressure on you but remember what Julia Cameron writes: just keep moving, just keep thinking what next and doing! You have an amazing eye so stick with it lady… and be patient with your self. I keep telling myself the latter too as I chip away on the writing front to build a portfolio and maybe p-t self employment 😉ReplyCancel

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