Big JFP news! We have relocated to Florida!
After spending more than 20 years working as a professional photographer in upstate New York, JFP has relocated to the sunshine state. To be specific, we have moved to Kissimmee, in Central Florida.
My wife Jeanette has wanted to live in Florida since she was a kid (she spent a lot of time here when she was little). I had never truly considered leaving NY before we met, and even after that I wasn't sure it would happen. That's such a big move and I don't love change. Besides, we had a business in NY. How could we leave that? We talked about it a lot and decided that maybe (just maybe) we would do someday in the distant future. To me, that was like a parent saying "we'll see." We all know what that really means. It's just a polite "it's never gonna happen."
COVID changed everything, though.
First, our business suffered terribly. Between cancelations, postponements and limited bookings, it was a terrible time to own our small business. It was the most stressful work experience I'd had in a long time. It was tough financially and emotionally.
Then, both Jeanette and I had a hard time with COVID. We had to have an ambulance come to the house for Jeanette late one night, and I ended visiting the hospital with COVID and pneumonia. When I left the hospital and recovered, I felt as though I had cheated death (I know that sounds dramatic, but there were two days where my body felt as though it was giving up). I owed it to myself and my family to take advantage of the fact that I was still breathing. We needed to live fully while we could. It was time to stop talking about our Florida dream and make it a reality.
So we did it. We left everything we knew in NY within six months and moved to our dream home in Florida. And now we wish we hadn't waited so darn long. We love the sunshine -- we spend a ton of time outside, in shorts! -- and the adventure that we are on as a family. Our daughter JJ tells us that she is a "Florida girl!"
Now, I'm finishing up about a dozen more NY weddings this year and I'm starting to explore the Florida photography market for this year and beyond. We are shifting our focus in Florida from weddings (I've done hundreds of weddings in my career) to real estate and commercial photography. So, if you know of any real estate agents/business owners in Florida I should talk to, please help me make the connection.
Thank you to everyone in NY who helped make JFP successful in the past 20 years. It's been quite a ride and I appreciate all of you.
I'll still be back to NY a couple times each year to visit family, and I'd love to do portrait sessions for my past clients when I'm in town. Or, give me a shout when you vacation to Florida so we can set something up. It's always great to see old friends. God bless.
You are the best It is so great to have you as a friend and a photograph for my Neice's wedding our family Photo shoot and the the wedding that you made happen Briane loves you for it. Love you Jeff Foley You are the best
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