I was briefly tempted to make a blog post with a super clickbait-y title like so many others I've seen before for topics like this. Something along the lines of "I Quit My 9-5 Job for the Career I Truly Wanted" or "I Dropped Everything to Pursue My Dream." But that's hardly the truth for me or most people. I did leave my job of 7 years at Wayfair last week - which is insane. But it's less of a "drop everything and go" situation and more of a new chapter in my journey. Change is scary but I couldn't be more excited.
Working with Wayfair for the past 7 years (give or take) has been an incredible ride. I'm so lucky to have had this opportunity to take a giant leap of faith and watch it manifest into something larger than I could imagine. I succeeded, failed, tried damn near every new trick I could think of, had incredible mentors that have made me laugh until I cried more times than I can count, and learned so much more than I thought I could about photography and myself. I rolled up my sleeves and devoted my entire early career into taking a tiny little makeshift photo studio in a conference room and helping to develop it into the 50,000 square foot studio behemoth that it is today. Here's a few highlights and a look at how much I've grown along the way.
The beginnings of my career and the start of Wayfair's photo studio back in 2012. The photo of me on the left was from approximately 5:00 AM on a weekday when I would get up for my two hour commute from Warren, MA to Boston to photograph furniture in our tiny conference room turned photo studio.
Our big move to the first real studio space in Framingham in late 2013.
The current Wayfair photo studio, and me today. I think it's fair to say that we have both grown a bit.
I wouldn't be where I am without the incredible friends and artists I've met along the way. They taught me what it truly means to be a successful creative; to really care about my work, to support each other, and to always deliver the best work you can achieve. They gave me the confidence I never had before as a photographer and the push I needed to take this next step, and I'll forever be grateful for everyone. I look back on my time at Wayfair with positive thoughts and motivation to never stop pushing myself forward.
Now enough with that - it's time for some new. I want to leave those of you that actually read this whole thing (thanks, btw) with the exciting news that I have a whole bunch of new things on the horizon. I'm not going to share all the details yet - but stay tuned! Things are about to get really good.