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Tomorrow, I’m going here. Chattanooga, TN.  Some of you know this is something I’ve considered for a long time. Others may not know anything about it, but…here I go! I’ve been asked many, many questions about this, so I figured I’d set this blog post up in a FAQ format, just for the fun of it.

Oops! Scratch all of that! I forgot to click “publish” on this last Wednesday.  I’ve been here since Thursday and have been having an amazing time. Anyway, on with the initial post.

1. Why Chattanooga? Have you ever even been there???

No. I’ve never been there. I’m moving somewhere I’ve never even visited. I’ve researched everything online. I’ve heard from a couple of family friends (more on them in a bit) so many wonderful things about the city. And part of me simply wants a big adventure and the lifestyle in Chattanooga is something I’m really looking forward to.

2. What is there to do in Chattanooga?

Well, just to name a few…hiking, zip-lining in the mountains, kayaking, rafting and yoga. There are museums, beautiful parks, a walking bridge, concerts in the park on Friday evenings, many small coffee shops and restaurants, and I’m sure I’ll discover much more!

3. Are you not going to teach? Not using your degree?

I have a degree in early childhood education and an Indiana teaching license. I’ve applied for jobs all over Central Indiana as well as in Chattanooga. There isn’t too much hiring going on right now, but I’m taking it day-by-day.

4. What if you get a call about an interview in Indiana in a couple of weeks?

I’ll come back and interview! And from there…I’ll see what happens!

5. Are you going to pursue photography?

YES! I have weddings in Indiana in the upcoming months and next year. I plan to keep my client-base here and continue building that, as well as begin to build one in the Chattanooga area. And possibly head into Georgia, too! I’d love to eventually travel quite a bit for photography.

6. What about all of your friends and family back in Indiana?

What I wish the most about this adventure of mine is that I could take all the people I love with me.  I’m definitely an introvert, but I need those I love around me, so I know this isn’t going to be easy.  Thank goodness for FaceTime, Skype, and visits.

7. Wait…how can you be so flexible? Where will you be living? Don’t have you have to sign a lease?

So glad you asked! 🙂 No!  I’m moving in with the family friends I mentioned in the first question.  It’s my mom’s best friend and her husband, actually.  They recently moved to Chattanooga after a few years of trying to sell a house in Indiana and find jobs in Chatt. So, I’ll be living with them, which is the perfect situation for me right now since…you know…I’m flying by the seat of my pants.

8. Will you keep in touch? Tell us about your adventure?

Of course!  This blog will probably begin to contain more personal things regarding my daily life down there.  Now, the majority of my posts are for Emily Weis Photography.  I will continue to post my sessions and weddings (it’s one of my favorite things to do!), but I’ll also be taking lots of “just for fun” photos down there that I’ll be sharing with you all.  I’m having more of an itch to write more, so you may be seeing more words as opposed to just pictures!

Have more questions? Feel free to ask. Like I said, I’m out on a whim, flying by the seat of my pants, so we might as well make this as fun as possible, right?

More to come on what I’ve been up to here shortly! Happy Sunday!

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a photographer providing honest & authentic images that tell the stories of your connection

Inspired by the beauty of nature, the transition of a woman into motherhood, the wonders & curiosity of childhood, and the joys & challenges of family life, Emily creates photographs from a deep, soulful place rooted in connection and presence.

Emily Layne