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I Love What I Do. Do You?


I have dabbled in photography my whole life, though there was a period of a few years where all I did was take snapshots of my growing babies.  In 2005, when I started my blog, I got back into taking photos.   This sparked a new vision and my eyes started to see things differently.  This vision allowed me to pursue the one thing in life that truly makes me feel complete.  It doesn’t matter who or what I am taking pictures of, I am simply fulfilled with a camera in my hand.

Starting my photography business was the best (and hardest) thing I have ever done.   There are so many photography businesses out there that sometimes it’s daunting, but I tell myself that if I stay true to my technique and style I will succeed.  Slowly and surely I have!

This weekend I ran into an old family friend, and we were talking about my photography business.  I said to her, “I just love what I do,” and she replied that with that sentiment I can do nothing but succeed!

I absolutely believe that if you love what you do, you are bound to succeed, and your customers and clients will see that in you and your business.

If you already have your own business or even if you are a big fan of some of your local businesses, check out Intuit’s Love a Local Business competition!

They are helping small businesses achieve their dreams.  Each month Intuit will be giving away $25,000 to a deserving local business.  And, in July they will be awarding $50,000 in grants to businesses in the two cities that get the most love.   Your votes will determine the winners.   You can even vote for ‘Mishelle Lane Photography’.

It’s been very exciting starting my own business, so I’m curious to know: What dream business would you love to start? By replying you will be entered to win an iPad 2!



Friends Bring Joy

Lately I have been really blessed in the friend department. It’s been an amazing journey, and I am especially lucky because my whole family has been embraced by another family; one that is a lot like ours. They are kind, giving, understanding, fun, and loving. It’s just what we need while living in a town far away from our immediate family.

This year our friends had a wonderful exchange student from Ukraine. He has become a good friend to all of my children. So-much-so that in the past week my eldest son has probably been at their house more than he’s been at ours. I only wish they would have become friends sooner than this late spring/early summer. It doesn’t matter, though, because they are friends now. They’ll probably be friends forever, too. Thanks to the internet, of course.

I wanted to do something special for our friends and their “son”. Yesterday morning I took some photos of them, so that they could have some really nice framed prints. It took all of a half and hour, and I was so happy to do it for them.

Giving to the people you love is tremendously fulfilling.
Giving friendship to one another is invaluable.
Giving love to your friends brings joy.


I’d like to hear about your moment of joy! Share your story and upload a photo (optional), and in return Shutterfly will gift you $5 off your next photo book to commemorate life’s joyous moments, and you”ll be entered for a chance to win a $200 Shutterfly Gift card.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shutterfly.   The opinions and text are all mine.  Offer valid for $5 off one photo book order and valid for one-time redemption per member. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply.  BlogFrog hosted gift card contest live from June 17th to July 14th.  A winner will be randomly chosen and announced on July 18th. All participants remain the copyright holder of their photos.

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