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Jenn Floray Pottery: York, PA by Hannah Byrne

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It's Jenn's birthday TODAY so I thought I'd share our session from this past week! She is an incredible artist and I'm in LOVE with all of her work!!

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Jenn, thank you so much for allowing me to photograph you doing what you love!! Have an amazing birthday!

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Here are some of her own words describing how she got into ceramics and what it means to her!

"It all started in 11 grade. I took a ceramics course where we learned to hand build and did some wheel throwing as well. I absolutely fell in love with it. Every year after, in high school and during my college career at Millersville, I tried my best to take a ceramics course. If I didn't I kind of went through withdrawal and missed it. Over the summers I would go to acmoore and get clay just so I could get my fix and dreamt about having my own wheel one day....

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I specifically remember one day I was in my grandmas kitchen, rolling out coils to make a coil built pot, with a mess everywhere, day dreaming about having my own little shop in a barn next to my own house. It seemed crazy at the time but it feels like it could definitely happen now...

2015-08-26_0004I believe that when we see opportunities to make our dreams a reality we jump on them. Things have been falling into place lately from selling the work I made at Millersville so I could buy my wheel to getting offered a couple free kilns. I feel so blessed and the support I've been getting is incredible."2015-08-26_00152015-08-26_0014 2015-08-26_00062015-08-26_00162015-08-26_00112015-08-26_00172015-08-26_00202015-08-26_0019 2015-08-26_00072015-08-26_00182015-08-26_0010 2015-08-26_00082015-08-26_0021 2015-08-26_0009

 

 

Facing the Highs and Lows of Entrepreneurship by Hannah Byrne

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It's only been about six months since I officially became an LLC, and only three months since I've been working at it full time... but if I'm honest, this is something that's affected me as an entrepreneur and photographer long before I paid my taxes.

When you start sharing your work with family, friends and strangers; the highs get high and the lows get low.  It's a constant battle between feeling confident and then completely defeated, all in the same day.  It's an internal war to find worth and strength in the mundane and lonely world of a single member LLC.

You engage and network with other entrepreneurs, which pushes you and opens you up to so many exciting opportunities and ideas... but it can also cause heartache when you find yourself "below average."  I'm a dreamer and a doer - I have huge goals for Hannah Leigh.  I'm the kind of person who can get swept up in excitement and passion when opportunities present themselves, only to fall deep into the pit of self-doubt and uncertainty.

The highs are high and the lows are low. During a wedding or a shoot I get a mini adrenaline rush from the pressure and stress, I feel fulfilled and purposeful. I feel alive! But what about when I don't have a shoot for a week... or two... or three. The thoughts in my mind start to belittle my purpose and what once felt fulfilling is now my ultimate downfall.  And here I am, realizing that I will NEVER be fully satisfied chasing after my dream.  I will ALWAYS have high highs and low lows.  

But then there's grace.

When my highs are high, my joy is in Him.  When my lows are low, my joy is in Him.  My true purpose is not to take amazing photos or gain a bunch of followers.. or even to have a wedding every weekend to blog and share.  I will not feel fulfilled when I can charge a premium or when I'm able to "choose" my ideal clients.  My purpose, my fulfillment, must start at the cross. Anything else will only fall tragically short of the truth that is in Christ.

I will continue to struggle with my sense of fulfillment as my to-do list dictates my purpose.  I will always have a sense of disappointment when I look to my own ability and successes as a sense of worth.  But when I turn to the true meaning of fulfillment and purpose, when I look to Jesus as my savior and king, I will find a joy that last through the highs and lows.  My confidence will be in Him and my worth won't depend on my performance. There is freedom in the cross.

Matthew 11:28-30

-Han