With a heavy heart and after almost 8 extraordinary years, I’m announcing the retirement of my coveted VIPteam following the graduation of the Class of 2021. I’m announcing this now since it’s the time of year I usually start receiving inquiries regarding next year’s team and the normal application time is approaching. Since I know this may be surprising, it’s easier to explain here so you’ll understand my decision and I can answer questions or in some cases, concerns regarding the future.
First and foremost, I’m NOT retiring from photography! My business was born out of my love for creating images over 11 years ago! It was a completely unexpected blessing which I don’t take for granted. I will still continue to capture senior and family sessions with the same passion as always. No, I’m NOT closing shop! 🙂 A few things have helped shape this decision. Let me explain:
One. Many of you may know I’m a Registered Nurse. Healing, caring, and working in a clinical setting was something I put on pause several years ago to build my business, care for our son, and attend to other family needs. I’m happy to announce I’ve accepted a very part-time position with Bon Secours/IVNA and will be working in public health starting this winter! This opportunity is truly a blessing and fell into my lap at the right time.
Two. Our son Noah started kart racing last spring (Go #11)! This means the majority of our weekends are at the racetrack with weekdays spent in preparation. Noah has a bright future in motorsports and next season we will likely be traveling to some out of state tracks. My husband and I have taken on the roles of Noah’s crew chief, mechanic, public relations specialist, webmaster, photographer, cheerleader, and so much more. Check out noahmatthewsracing.com! These things keep us very busy and we hope our hard work will lead him to a race team someday whether that’s in the driver’s seat or on the mechanical end. You don’t get second chances, so we’re helping him chase this dream!
Three. The application process for VIPteam is a very difficult one for me each winter. I’ve decided it’s time to change things up and be more inclusive to all the seniors I’m grateful to work with each year. Starting with the Class of 2022, ALL seniors who book a session will receive a standing invitation to pop-up shoots; such as winter snow and my annual graduation celebration sessions! Including ALL the seniors I work with during each year sounds refreshingly fun and inclusive, right?! 🙂
For some of you, especially past members, parents, and those who have future interest, this may be a little sad to hear. I understand because it’s sad for me, too. Know I adore and appreciate you. I’ve met so many inspiring teens and parents over the years (all 130+ of you!), many who have come to be sweet friends and repeat clients. This isn’t an end to beautiful senior portraits, nor the friendly and FUN experience you’ve come to know from me. My VIPteam has been a blessing, but it’s time for a new direction and I couldn’t be more excited!
As always, thank you for your support!
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Laura is a native of Glen Allen, Virginia. She specializes in portraits of high school seniors, children, and families. Laura serves the Greater Richmond area including Henrico, Hanover, and Chesterfield. Laura also travels for summer sessions to the eastern part of VA as well as the Outer Banks of North Carolina.