Voted Best Photographer by South Charlotte Weekly Readers!
This afternoon, I met my husband for lunch at Einstein Bagels in Ballantyne. We placed our order and proceeded to find seats. Jim mentioned that he was going to grab a copy of The South Charlotte Weekly for us to read. On the cover of the newspaper I saw that this issue contained the announcement of the Best of The South Charlotte Weekly Awards for 2016. I sighed to myself, and immediately flipped to the Professional Services section to see which photographer was voted Best Photographer.
And suddenly there it was – my name was right there in the middle of the page: Best Photographer – Carolyn Ann Ryan. I squealed and showed my husband, and I was so thrilled he was there to share that moment with me! Next, I glanced below my name to see my daughter and son’s Irish Dance school, Rince Na h’Eireann School of Irish Dance, had been voted Best Dance School! It was a double win!
On the drive home, I couldn’t help my excitement. We have only been in the Charlotte area for one year since our relocation form New Jersey. Not only was it difficult to leave our family and friends behind, but it was equally difficult to walk away from the business I spent six years building in New Jersey. I had to relocate my business over 630 miles and I did not have any contacts, friendships or relationships in my new area. While my skill level and business knowledge haven’t changed, I am essentially starting this business all over again.
And yes, there are days where I wonder if I can really do it. Do I have really have what it takes to build this business twice? But then there are days like today where my clients, friends and family remind me how much I love what I do for a living, and I really can’t imagine doing anything else. Thanks so much to everyone that took a couple of minutes of their time to vote for me! I can’t thank you enough for your votes to help me earn this honor! I am so very grateful, and I look forward to working with more families in the South Charlotte area this year and for many years to come!
Thank you all so much!