Welcome to my blog! I am Jill Reid…an Indianapolis on-location Iifestyle photographer. I specialize in newborn, maternity, and children’s portraiture with focus on family and kiddos. However, I dabble into other realms of photography from time to time, like animals, high school seniors, and some commercial photography! Photography is my part-time love and passion. My other passion is homeschooling my six year old daughter, Kylie! I was a former elementary and special education teacher, so homeschooling has been a natural fit for our family. I love teaching and learning! I also REALLY love art! From painting to crafting to scrapbooking to photography…it’s just one of those things in my blood. (I just wish I had enough time to do ALL the fun things I enjoy!) But I must admit, I never dreamed big enough to even consider owning a photography business! Raindancer Studios has been one of the most amazing adventures I’ve been on and definitely one of the most tangible gifts from God in my life. This business was graciously dropped into my lap in October of 2009 without effort a little over a year after my husband’s accident. I hadn’t been looking to start this business, but after taking a photography class as an anniversary present in July and then posting some photos of Kylie on Facebook, people started offering to pay me! 🙂 The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. We needed extra income and I was in great need of focusing my energies on something positive and uplifting! Photography brings me such joy and a breath of fresh air in the midst of hardship. Life wells up inside of me as I capture the beauty within other people. I’m thankful for the opportunity to “dance” in the midst of my client’s beauty.
Here’s a little info regarding the meaning behind my business name:
My husband, RD, suffered severe burns and became permanently paralyzed after a commercial lawnmower accident in August of 2008. In the blink of an eye, our life was turned upside down and inside out. God inspired me through this season to look deeper for beauty and goodness in the midst of pain and struggle. Through the hard days I held firmly to this quote for inspiration: “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” It became the lens through which I viewed my world. Honestly, I still have to hold firmly to these words so that I can remember to enjoy the daily moments and focus on seeing the good around me even when things are hard. I believe God certainly has a purpose for having allowed this accident to happen, and so I spend my days looking for beauty and holding onto the hope that beauty brings to me. Photography reminds me to see beauty amidst the ashes and keeps me dancing in the rain.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.374.8713. Thanks for journeying with me!