I wanted to write this blog to tell everyone what is going on and keep you all updated on everything.
I have received many emails about doing sessions this year, both fundraising ones as well as regular ones, which is so amazing! I figured I should write what exactly has changed with my business, what sessions I do offer which ones I don't offer anymore and the changes that will happen with the fundraising mini sessions starting next year.
Over the past 7 + years I have had the opportunity to photograph so many amazing families, newborns, and moments and I am truly grateful for every single one of them! Last year I made the decision to no longer photograph newborns and limit my family sessions I did per year. As the year went on and this one started I realized a few things and knew I needed to make more changes. So I no longer offer newborns or family sessions ( in the style that I have done for the past 7 + years )
Now for what I do offer in sessions, you can see all the details on my website here: http://www.infocusphotographybynicole.com/prices---packages, but here is a quick run down. I offer Fine Art Session, Children's Portraits, Portraits (for adults or older children ), Creative Session and Dance Fine Art Sessions ( all ages ).
You may be wondering why all the changes, it comes down to quite a few reasons, one was my schedule, in the past 7 years I didn't have a weekend off all summer, not one single weekend to relax and more importantly enjoy spending time with my boys and husband and that is the # 1 reason I have made these changes, for them....I missed so much of them growing up and I will no longer miss any of that. Another reason is that I have to follow my heart and what I love to do, and that is creating art and photographing in this fine art style.
I always say you need to love the life you live and live the life you love and I haven't been doing that for a few years and I feel now is the time to change all that. I wanted to add that none of these were easy decisions they took me years to make and realize that it was the right thing for me and my family <3
On to the Fundraising Mini Sessions, it has been an amazing 5 years doing these fundraisers, I have donated over $6,000 to The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada in my Mom's memory and that would have never happened without the amazing people that have come out every year and supported this amazing cause! I always get told it's amazing that I do this, but I mean it when I say it would have never happened without all of you and for that I will be forever grateful! <3
This is probably the hardest decision I have had to make....ever.....but this will be my last year doing these fundraising mini sessions. I am not sure what I will do next year, I may have a sale or auction of my sessions I offer now or some of my work in print ( landscapes and fine art )both of which I would donate the proceeds to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada in my Mom's name. I haven't figured that part out yet, but I will keep you all posted on that as I figure things out. In the meantime, I really can't wait for the ones I have scheduled for this year!!
When my Mom passed away one of the first things I created, even before the fundraising mini sessions, was the R.M.K Session ( that was what I used to call it ) which is something so very near and dear to my heart, but because of my workload, I was unable to keep up with it. This was a big factor for me no longer offering the fundraising mini sessions, I wanted to bring it back, and I decided to do just that, it's called the Renate Kebbert Memorial Session. Here is a little bit about what these memorial sessions are all about. When my Mom was sick, I only took a few photographs and they were of her and my boys, none of me and her and none at the hospital where I was savoring every moment I had with her, and that is one of my Biggest Regrets, that I didn't just photograph her, the details of her face, her hands, my family members with her, the good the bad and the ugly of it all!! It might sound strange to you, but I would give anything to have all those moments and memories that I could look at whenever I wanted to! So that made me realize that I need to offer this again to those that are going through the same things that my Mom went through, and that I went through.
In my Mom's memory I am offering very special sessions for those that have a loved one with a critical/terminal illness, it can be done at home, at the hospital in palliative care, where ever the family likes, this is absolutely free to the family, I just really want to give them memories to hold on too for so many years to come. In order for me to have time to capture all these important memories for families, I needed to make more changes so that I could have that time. You can read all the details and the back story here: http://www.infocusphotographybynicole.com/renate-kebbert-memorial-session
I wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to every single person that has supported me these past 7+ years, it has been absolutely amazing!! And I hope you remember I am not going anywhere, I am just changing what I offer and what I do. I hope to still capture your beautiful children just in a different style. Make sure to keep a look out on my business page for any updates or special sessions I may offer.
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to email me or PM on facebook,