If you're close with me or you frequently read my Instagram posts, it's probably been pretty obvious what my news is. I wouldn't be me if I didn't write a blog post to announce it though.
I'm moving. To Arizona. On April 6th.
To make a long story short and putting sentiment aside, my long-time boyfriend, Brannon Muncey, moved out to Tempe, Arizona in October. In case you haven't heard me talk about him enough, he's an extremely smart and talented individual who works as a software developer for State Farm. Needless to say, I've decided to move out there with him.
I graduated from Ball State University in December with a degree in photojournalism and a minor in sociology. I have wanted to move out West for as long as I can remember. I've lived in Muncie my entire life and I lived at home for my first three years of college. I don't think it needs to be said that I've been planning to leave this city for quite some time now.
And I could not be more excited. If you're wondering what it is I will be doing, I will be moving my business, Samantha Rose Photography, out there and focusing on it full time. I'm planning to also get into some freelance and working any part time photo job that I can find. It will be a process and one heck of an adventure.
My mom and I will be leaving Muncie on April 6 to travel to Fort Wayne. I had originally thought I would leave at the end of March, but my favorite band, All Time Low, will be performing in Fort Wayne that night. So we took that as a sign that we should wait to leave until the first week of April. From there we will travel across most of Route 66, stopping at every touristy destination and stop along the route. We'll also be taking a small detour to go to the Four Corners and the Grand Canyon. My mom and I have always wanted to go on cross-country road trip. We say we are the best travel companions because we love all of the cliché stuff and pretty scenery, but tend to go pretty fast when it comes to the history stuff. The last three years we have gone on three amazing trips for spring break. Chicago. California. New York City. So what better last trip to take than to drive me across the country.
In regards to my photo business, I will be booking sessions through April 4th. I'm trying to get in as many sessions as possible before I leave with anyone that has wanted to have their photos taken by me. I will also be coming back October 5th-13th to photograph a wedding and fit in as many photo sessions as possible while I'm back. (p.s. if you're interested in booking an October session, I'm offering $25 off any session booked with the retainer by April 4th so hit me up).
I can't even begin to express how lucky and happy I am that I get to do what I do. Photographing people and places and things and being able to do so anywhere.
I'll have more updates soon.
I can't wait to see what is ahead and where this adventure takes me. I hope you're ready for the ride too.
"If we’re really honest with ourselves, most of our plans don’t work out as we’d hoped. So instead of asking our young people, ‘What are your plans? What do you plan to do with your life?’, maybe we should tell them this: Plan… to be surprised.” - Dan in Real Life