Britt Anderson Photography » North Shore and Lake County, IL Child, Senior, Engagement and Family Portrait Photographer

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This is it… | Savannah Photographer

Some of you may not know, that my “day job” as it were, was being a teacher. As long as I could remember I wanted to be a teacher. I loved working with children, particularly the little guys. This is the first year since graduating college that I will not be preparing a classroom. If you don’t mind, indulge me a minute while I wax poetic about my new lot in life, not as a classroom teacher, but as a photographer.

Art and children were two big passions in my life. As much as I would have loved to have been an art teacher, I worried there wouldn’t be enough jobs to go around once I graduated….it was bad enough I would be making pennies as a teacher anyway. :) So I made the next best choice, and majored in early childhood education. I knew I could do plenty of art in these early grades, I mean who doesn’t remember brand new crayons? paste? paints? We used them all in the early grades.

Ha, little did I know that I still had to teach them math, reading, writing….so I worked hard to incorporate art as I taught the basics. I have taught Kindergarten, First Grade, and my last job was teaching a First/Second grade multiage class, which was by far my favorite assignment.

I love my job….love. When you see a child look at you with amazement as they read that reallllllyyyyy long word (yes, bird is long to them!) you can’t help but feel blessed to do what you do. What made my job even better was the ability to do photography part time on the weekends….another creative outlet for me.

I never intended to stop teaching, even for one year. When I had my daughter I briefly contemplated being a stay at home mom, but bills kind of trumped that decision, so I kept on working. Now, with a move to Savannah, GA via a promotion for my husband, my time has come. I can stay home with my daughter. I can officially say, I am a photographer.

What do you do for a living?

I am a photographer.

As I start packing up my teaching stuff to put into storage, I can’t help but feel somewhat bittersweet at the moment. I won’t get to meet a new group of first graders who either look at me with fear of the unknown, or look at me in amazement that THIS is the person who will teach me to read. I won’t get to see my second graders run up and give me a big hug after not seeing me all summer. Never did I think tears would ever fall because of this decision.

Yet, they are not just tears of sadness for what I will miss. They are tears of happiness for what is to come. I will be spending more time watching my daughter grow up. I will meet new families, the families who I will be blessed to photograph. I may not be teaching them some important skill such as reading or addition. But I will be capturing memories that they will be able to look on for years to come. I will meet new families who will be thankful that they have even one portrait of their son with a semi-smile on his face. I will be giving them the gift of memories….and for that, I am truly blessed.

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  • Best of luck with everything. I hope it all goes well. I’m secretly jealous that you can do this.

  • Awww I’m proud for you Britt. You are an amazing photographer and wonderful person. Congrats!!!

  • Volunteer at say boys/girls club(or somewhere) teaching a photography class. ;)

  • Jenny Jardine

    How wonderful that you are able to stay home with your daughter and do something you love! The best of both worlds!

  • JILL

    I wondered if this was something you would have the opportunity to do after this move. The big winner (but not the only one) in this exciting new time of your life is “A”.

  • Darlene

    I understand exactly what you are saying. I changed my position last year and I no longer have a classroom. I still interact with the children but it is different. I did mourn the change a bit but I have really enjoyed the challenges of my new position. I wish you the best of luck on your journey and in my eyes you already were a photographer.

  • This is so exciting! These big life changes are always bittersweet — even when it’s something that you want. Good luck, Britt!

  • Renee Whiting

    Best of luck to you in your new full time positions, wife, mom and photographer!!! Savannah is lucky to have you :)

  • evie

    I’m sure you will be missed, Britt! Now you get to channel all that passion into your new profession and you will be great!

  • ~Jen~

    Congratulations on having the courage to make such a big change!

  • Tyjuana Hill-Smith

    Congrats…I agree you have the best of both worlds!

  • Rhonda Imbeault

    Congratulations. You will do so well!

  • Awww congrats girl.. I think you should not only say I am a photographer you should say I am an AWESOME Photographer!!

  • Yay for good change! Time with your daughter will be priceless and the memories you capture for others will be too so it’s a win win! Congrats

  • Awww, it is bittersweet,isn’t it? I used to be a software developer and just can’t imagine going back to it! Good luck…..I’m sure you’ll make a HUGE success of it! :)

  • Rae

    I can relate somewhat. I too, went to college to become a teacher, graduated, took my test to become certified, and then life got in the way, and my teaching career never took off. You are going to do great with photography. Look back to all your fond memories, but dont forget to look ahead to all the amazing experiences you are going to have being a photographer. :)

  • Stephanie D

    oh congrats!!!! you are gonna rock!!!

  • Kim

    Good luck! You are a great photogrpaher!!!

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