I’ve been putting off writing this blog post for weeks, despite having all my plans in place for it. It’s just so damn hard to say goodbye to something that has brought so much joy and purpose to your life. Something you put your heart and soul into for so long.

This will be the last blog post on Photography Awesomesauce.

It’s time. This blog started as a place for me to write about all the things I was learning as I took my business full time. It connected me with friends, a community and more opportunities than I probably deserved. I am grateful to every single one of you who I met through this blog, who bought a course, an online product, came to an event, or supported me in some way, even if it was small. I can barely type that without tearing up. I know I wouldn’t be here today without the help of so many friends and strangers and I am so DAMN THANKFUL.

Now, I know you’re probably asking why is this happening. The why is the best part. If you’ve ever studied art history or famous artists you’ve probably looked at their earlier works and seen how much it changed as they aged, learned more and their visions, goals and inspirations took them in new directions. I’m starting to believe this happens to bloggers and entrepreneurs too. If you look at Picasso’s earliest drawings and compared them to the work he was most famous for, you’d think they were from different people. I believe that Photography Awesomesauce was only the small start of something bigger for me. It was only the start of a lifelong journey. What started as a place for me to write about all the new things I was learning became harder and harder to write about as time went on. What I’m currently passionate and excited about just doesn’t align with Photography Awesomesauce well. There are still so many newer photographers learning and there are tons of resources for you out there, but I’m excited to be a resource for something else…activism and social justice.

If we’ve had the chance to meet or talk one-on-one you probably know how important social justice issues have been to me over the years. A few years ago I was going through a time period in the photography industry where I felt very frustrated and unaccepted for how different I was from what this industry presents as the “ideal photographer.” That feeling started a couple years worth of change and transition for me. There was a lot of exploration about how to incorporate this feeling and the similar feelings of others into business and figure out how to create a safe space for all of us, regardless of what makes us different. I had some unsuccessful attempts at it (though I’m still proud). All of these changes, ideas, and transitions came to a peak point for me the last six months. I lost two family members only 29 days apart so I had a lot of time to reflect, internally, on what was most important to me to do with my time. I was so busy and sad I could barely keep up on work on any of my other businesses. It gave me the time and space I needed to really explore where my future lies and where I think I can make a difference in creative industries, in the entrepreneur world and beyond. Unfortunately it’s not here for me, but I’ll leave this archived space up for those who manage to find it and explore.

As for what’s happening next, I’m shutting down multiple businesses to make time for a project that I could not be more thrilled about. You all know how important social justice issues are to me and I’m really excited to be putting my head together with a new business partner and start creating content for creatives, entrepreneurs and industry leaders to learn how to be more inclusive and diverse in their businesses. This is something I truly believe the world needs and I don’t think I know everything about it, but I am so excited to be part of a resource that will push these important things into light and hopefully make the world a better more diverse and inclusive place for everyone. If you’re as excited about it as I am please get on our launch waitlist for, Feminist Distrupted, right now. We’ve got a free online summit in the works, an amazing in-person workshop and a website full of resources coming your way soon!

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All of that said, I know how popular some of the content I’ve created has been over the years here and I’m happy to say I’m keeping it on a small scale, without a blog, and you’ll be able to find it over >here< anytime. If you’ve bought recent courses, they are there still and I even have some big updates coming to them for 2018 to keep the information current. I may even add a bit of new content here or there as time allows. I’m still happy to be your resident industry tax guru among other things. To keep up with anything I’ve got going on, make sure you’re following me over on Instagram!

I’m not sure how to sign off here, after years of people reading what I write; other than to, again, say how grateful I am to have been here and been a part of your businesses in whatever way. I want to give a special shout out to those friends who helped out along the way whether through writing, lending your ear, or whatever else. You have no idea how much I appreciate all of you. I am so excited for where things are leading me and I feel, without a doubt, that I am in the right place and doing exactly what I am meant to be doing.

So, thank you to everyone for well…everything. I hope to see you all on Feminist Disrupted when it makes its launch!

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Carrie Swails

I'm a serial entrepreneur. Owner at Photography Awesomesauce, Rock Your Weird and Made in the Lab and I photograph offbeat weddings. In other words, I'm crazy. I have a birthmark in my armpit, and am a terrible mathematician. What I lack in understanding of complex theories such as Pi (clearly a food item - apple is my favorite) and invisible numbers (if I can't see them, why should I care?) I make up for in awesomesauce. I believe there is no right way to put the toilet paper on - I'm just happy it's available. I believe there's no such thing as a bad fortune in a fortune cookie. I believe we only live life once so we should wear costumes as often as possible. I believe wine is like the force - it has a light side and a dark side and it holds the universe together. I howl with my basset hound every morning, call my brother to beat video game bosses for me, and love eating fried cheese.

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