A few weeks ago I completed my 10th year as a Flight Attendant, and it's been an amazing 10 years. I started this job when I was 21 years old. My entire 20's was spent flying around the world, meeting and working with wonderful people. I have met some of my very best friends in the world at this job, I had the opportunity to fly with my mom and my dad, even having some really fun layovers with them like Cancun and Vegas! I will never, ever forget those trips. And I met the love of my life in that job. Had I never become a flight attendant, I may have never met Mark, and for that I will be eternally grateful.
Even though flying has been so good to me, given me beautiful experiences and helped me grow, it is time to retire my wings. 3 years ago I started my photography company doing friend's maternity and children's pictures, and never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined ending up where I am today. This year we photographed 25 weddings, 2 of which were destination, and my eyes opened to the many possibilities that could be ahead of us. But one thing was clear, it was becoming extremely hard juggling both jobs. My brides can all vouch that I am ALWAYS there for them, and it is extremely important to me to be able to answer phone calls, emails and texts quickly because they are my priority and are so very important to me. In order to keep my business growing and be there at all time, I have to be here, all the time. Flying was preventing that. As much as I loved flying, I LOVE Photography even more. I love photographing weddings with every ounce of my being. This job has given me a satisfaction, appreciation, and a drive I never knew I had. I am so thankful I have found a passion in life that makes me feel inspired, and I get to do it for a living. It's been a dream come true.
After many months of debating, many tears, and even more prayers, I finally had that "AH HA!" moment, and realized it was time to resign from flying. This decision was not easy, by any means, but I can tell you today I know it was the right choice and I 100% have no regrets. I woke up today feeling so stress free, and excited for the future. There is absolutely no way I could have made this decision without the unconditional love and support from my husband. He knows what a good job I gave up, but he also knows how hard I have worked to grow my company and how much I sincerely love it. I am also so grateful for the support of my family. When I approached the topic of "being a photographer" to them 3 years ago, they never once doubted me. They have supported me this entire time, told me how proud they are of me, even bought me camera gear for my birthdays and Christmas! I called my dad crying one day because I was struggling with this decision, and I will never forget what he said. "It's time Trin. You found something you love, and you'll only grow from here." My mom, who is still a flight attendant, had a little bit harder time letting go! I know she will miss me flying because on rare occasions we would run into each other in the Houston airport bathroom (true story) or have those wonderful rare trips together, but she knows this is the right decision for me.
A few weeks ago I had my final flight. I was so lucky because I got work with my mom, and share that experience with my family. My mom and I worked together, and Mark and my dad came along for the ride! We flew to Newark Liberty International Airport, had a delicious breakfast, and flew back to Cleveland. It was one of the easier trips ;-) It was so bittersweet working with my mom that day, because I knew she was sad that I was leaving, but also happy for me and proud. I will always remember my last flight and so happy my family got to be there with me to celebrate! I am so excited to share with everyone that I am officially a Full-time Photographer! I am so happy I can dedicate 100% of my time and energy into building my business and being their for my couple's! This is truly a dream come true!
If any of you are still reading this (I know, its long!) I can't tell you how much your words of encouragement means to me. It's a scary thing, taking this leap of faith, but life is short and when you figure out what your dream is, you don't follow it... you chase it.
A super HUGE shoutout to these amazing people, because I HONESTLY would NOT be here today without them:
Stacey- for sparking this dream and ALWAYS encouraging and pushing me!! I love you forever!
Mark- I couldn't ask for a better husband, best friend, 2nd shooter, puppy dad, and partner in all things. I love you so much babe.
Dad- Thank you for never doubting me. You're the best dad in the world- I love you SO much!!
Mom- Thanks for always being my best friend, being honest with me, and being a positive support system. You're my best friend, and I love you so much!
Allie- my mama/bff/wilbur to my willis. You always love me for me, thanks for always being here!! Love you mama!
My family- You guys are the best! Thanks for coming in to celebrate with me and for your words of encouragement!! I love you guys!
My United Family- you all have no idea how much your support means to me. Reading all your kind words and words of encouragement brought me to tears. I will never forget any of you!
My friends- You know who you are!!! Bops, our HS crew who are still thick as thieves, my old roomies, I love you all so much!!! Thanks for always putting up with me takin 1000's of pictures in High school. If we only knew, right?!
My love for photography started at a very young age!
Me and Hubby on some of our trips together!
My dad's retirement flight 4 years ago
My Retirement flight!
My family coming along for the ride!
Working with my mom! My last beverage cart ever!!
My "Retirement" party!!
On to the next chapter in my life! So excited!!! Thank you all for your love and support! Can't wait to see what the future holds!