The One Where I Quit my 9-5

January 3, 2022

Chantel Miller

Thoughts + Inspiration

Hey friend:)

I am so excited to welcome you to the partyyy! Ope… I mean my journal + blog.
In case you are new here – Hi, my name is Chantel and I tell stories through visual communication such as photography + design + fine art. I do not believe creatives should have to narrow down their niche to just one area – because I love working with different mediums! 
I am well-known for capturing wedding photos that tug at your heart strings, creating unique senior portraits that help you stand out from your classmates, and you might even catch me on the side lines capturing your favorite sports team!

Graphic design and visual branding are also a huge part of my life. I worked as a full-time designer and branding expert for small businesses, agencies, and universities before I began my own business! Now I love helping small businesses and creatives startup their own companies with awesome branding, unique to them!


What ever medium I use, my goal is to tell the unique story of YOU.

It me Chantel Miller boho midwest wedding photographer

So why exactly am I starting this journal + what can you expect to read here?

Well, I guess this is my BIG announcement if you haven’t heard yet, but I quit my 9-5 at the end of 2021! An opportunity came up that made it possible for me to pursue the dream of thriving in my own business! This month is my one year anniversary of officially starting my own business, and while it has blessed me in so many ways – it has also been a HARD year. Like I mentioned, I have been working a 9-5 as a designer full-time since college, and I have absolutely loved it! My “part-time” photography business became so much more to me than just a side hustle in the past 12 months.

It did not take me long to realize am not super woman and cannot do EVERYTHING… and that’s okay!

I had that internal battle going back and forth between giving up my photography or my full-time design position. I hit a milestone in that battle this past October when I traveled to the Oregon coast for a photographer’s retreat lead by Liv Vincent of Liv Vincent Photography. One evening she was teaching us a session about creating boundaries as a full-time photographer to help balance work and home life. One of the pointers she gave us was to “take two days off after a full wedding weekend to give yourself time to rest.”

Me thinking to myself *that’s great…but what about those of us who don’t have the luxury of being full-time just yet?*

So… I asked her “How did you give yourself that time before you took the leap?” Rather than answering my question, she challenged me with, “Why aren’t you full-time? Are you hitting your goals?” I passed all of my goals for the year three months ago actually.

“If you are passing all of your business goals while working another full-time job, imagine what you could be achieving if you had that extra 40 hours a week.”

That hit hard. I was on the edge of burnout, and that was the motivation I needed.

I went home from that trip eager to tell my husband I was ready to take the leap. I continued to pray for guidance on how to make the transition. Weeks after this trip I got a call from a local wedding vendor I have been doing freelance design work for. He offered me a part-time position for Creative Director to help them through their upcoming rebrand. I was absolutely shocked, this is the sign I have been looking for. I will still be able to include design, my first passion, in my life. However, I am going to have time to thrive in my personal business now and give my clients the experience they deserve.

You’re going to be seeing a lot more cheesin’ & tree huggin’ from your girl this coming year!

Come along with me on my adventures capturing the world and darling clients! I have some huge plans and even bigger goals for 2022, and I am so glad you are here to share my experiences with:) Stay tuned for our next adventure and thank you for following along on my journey as a creative entrepreneur!

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  1. Toni Miller says:

    So happy for you chantel! You are truly gifted!

  2. Sarah Bontrager says:

    Congratulations!! You will be absolutely great! You’ve worked so hard!! Good for you for taking that leap of faith! ♥️♥️

  3. Slay queen – ur my hero