In the last year I have really outgrown my title of "Family/ Lifestyle Photographer". I have generally been known for these two types of photography. I love kids, I really do! (former preschool teacher here...) But I had somewhat minimal content in other genres. Going full time with my photography career has really given me the time and space to grow into other genres of photography.
Booking my first studio has really changed my versatility. We aren't limited to the weather and there is more privacy for more intimate sessions.
I have finally had time to try new things, so I really started using more artificial lighting in my work, I feel so professional! This has really given me more consistency in different lighting scenarios to create more dynamic images.
Lastly, I have had the opportunity to connect to so many other creatives. Working in studios has been great to connect to other photographers and models. Having a more flexible schedule has allowed me to take on more events and connect with other small business owners. I've also had the opportunity to work with other wedding photographers and grow in that craft. Sometimes it is overwhelming knowing how many small businesses are out there, but it is also comforting knowing that there are so many willing to work together, rather than against each other.