2012 – the year of Epiphany

Epiphany:  : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure

Do you ever feel like that?  Like suddenly you realize just how important some things in life are!  Seeing Jasmine Star talk about her struggles & how they made her who she is today made me realize that it was time to take a deep look into myself and what I wanted from my life.

I took the leap to start my own photography business full time 4 years ago so I could spend more quality time with my family.  The past 4 years have been great, but owning your own business is much more work than a 9-5 (IMHO).  I have come to the realization that I have let my business overtake my life.  I have come to the realization that I am not shooting the photos that I love; I am just taking jobs because of the income.

2012 is the year of Epiphany for me!  I decided that I was going to set “hours” for work so when I am home with my family – I am truly there for them.  I also decided that when I am having family time – I am leaving my cell phone at home & turned off.  This way I am not constantly distracted by emails/facebook/and other social media.

I am not perfect!  I make mistakes!  I respect myself enough to know when something isn’t working for me.  I have taken a step back and re-evaluated my business too.  I wasn’t shooting things that I wanted to shoot.  Now, I am!  I wasn’t taking time to shoot for fun!  Now, I am.

I got a new camera body this weekend and decided that some quality family time was in order!  We had a great day just playing together & I got to photograph for fun!  I don’t take enough time to do that.  I think sometimes when we photograph for a full time job – we forget to photograph for fun!

My husband and my children are the most important people in the world to me!  Being happy and enjoying my time with them is what it is all about!  I have not been taking that time & now I am.  Recently – I have seen a few younger people pass suddenly.  It’s just another epiphany that LIFE IS SHORT!  If you aren’t doing what you love, surrounding yourself with positivity, and feeling down – you ARE NOT LIVING!

2012 – I am making it my mission to be a better wife, mother, friend, and business owner!  I am making it my mission to surround myself with positivity & love! I am also making it my mission to BE ALL THAT I CAN BE (yes, I know – you are know singing – In the Army…lol).


Dawn V Gilmore is a Port St. Lucie boudoir photographer, glamour photographer, and women's portrait photographer with a studio located on the Treasure Coast of Florida. She specializes in making women feel comfortable in their skin & empowering women to love themselves as they are! Photos for women by a woman! Her passion, ability and skills will reveal your seductive side and capture your inner coquette while being tasteful and professional. Celebrate You and bring your sensuality to life! Serving the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, Indian River & Martin Counties. St. Lucie County Photographer. For more information go to: Dawn V Gilmore Fine Art Photography


  • Christy
    Mar 12th, 2012 - 12:03 pm - REPLY

    I love this Dawn!!! It’s so important to have that balance in our lives – otherwise what is the point?! 🙂 I know you can do this and the family time/no internet time will be so precious for you and them! Thank you for sharing!! xoxo! 🙂


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