It has taken me a few days to write this blog post, I didn't really know how to write it, what to say etc. I need to share this with everyone and explain why I feel this way.
There will be some new changes coming starting this fall and full swing next year. I have noticed from the end of last year and while I had my time off over winter, that I felt like something was missing in my work. I LOVE what I do, but I felt like I was in a rut ( if that makes sense?! ) so for months I have been trying to figure out what to do, do I listen to my head or to my heart.....for me it was a little of both.
This is normally something I would talk to my Mom about, she was my best friend and I could go to her with anything and she always had a way of helping me figure things out. I asked her and asked her for a sign, something to help me make some tough choices and nothing. I woke up June 5th, the 3rd year anniversary of my Mom's passing and I just knew what needed to be done, and it felt like a weight had been lifted off of me.
I am in the midst of building a studio, so for the past 5 years I work around 3.5 months for outdoor sessions, with my fundraising mini session plus all my regular sessions, I tend to photograph between 50-60 sessions in that time period, than I hand editing each image and anyone that has had a session with me knows how many images I give,lol.
I don't take any days off in that time except for my oldest son's birthday, that is it. I am a stay at home Mom of two boys (3 and 5 years old )I have a wonderful and very supportive husband and I have missed so much of their lives since I started my photography business, the boys have grown up way, way too fast and I know I need to make some changes. These changes didn't come easy to me at all, and I got a lot of help from reading and talking to other photographers that went through what I am going through, which helped me greatly. I am beyond blessed with the job I have, I love every minute of it and these changes are going to be wonderful.
So this fall I will only be taking a few more sessions, as I already have over 60 booked ( with fundraiser sessions included ) Starting next year I will still be doing the mini fundraiser although not as many as I booked this year. I will be booking limited family/children/engagement etc sessions through out the spring/summer and fall, only a couple a month. I want to concentrate more on newborns, which is one of my favourite sessions to do.
I will be having studio mini session specials, only so many spots, and done in one day every month or so and at amazing prices! Also I will still be offering beauty sessions, smash the cake, children sessions etc in studio as well, but limited amounts.
I LOVE illustrative/conceptual art, it is my first love and I will be doing more of that, it is something more for me than anyone, to bring back my creativity that I know I have. I will probably be using myself for a lot of the work, plus my great friend Candace and I might put out some model shout outs for ideas I have, which I have so many of and I can't wait to bring them to life.
One thing that I will be including again is weddings.... but not what I used to do. I will be offering wedding packages for small and intimate weddings only, so 3-4 hours shooting time total, 20 people and under total. I have to Thank Tanya and Chuck for this, their wedding was just what I described above, it was beautiful, intimate, small and amazing!! It made my passion for wedding photography come back again! I will only do two weddings a year as well.
I am really excited about these changes, I know they will be better for not only my family and for myself, but for my work and clients as well!!
I hope that all my prior clients will continue to support me as I start to make these changes, and I hope both old and new clients will love them.
Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this, and for all of your support and love for the past 5 years!!