For quite a while now, I have been thinking about my photography business, and how to start finding a balance of work and life that gives me the time I want and need with my family. When I started three years ago, I took any and all work I could get. I wanted to experience it all. And thanks to my friends and family and the glory that is social media, I’ve been able to meet and photograph many amazing people, some of whom I now call friends. It has been amazing.
There is always a cost to running your own business, though, especially while still working a full time job. Before Lily was born, Sean and I were free to work crazy hours, sacrifice evenings together so I could hole up in my office and work on my photos. I could spend my weekends driving all over New England, scheduling a wedding book-ended by portrait sessions, crash on my parents’ couch or drive home late at night sustained on Pepsi and a Snickers, and after working 9 hours a day, spend my weekday evenings culling and editing while Sean works or sleeps.
Things are different now. I have changed. I have put a lot of thought and prayer into what is next for me, and my photography. For me, I need my family time. I deserve it, and Sean and Lily deserve to have a present wife and mama. Life is short and I will never regret spending more time with them than working.
So it’s with a lot of excitement (and a little nervousness) that I share that I will not be taking any more wedding work going forward. I am going to be focusing on photographing portraits, family life, and working on my own projects that I’ve had running around in my head. Running a business is hard, and I have forced myself to really start evaluating what works best, how I work best, and how to move myself forward with all that has changed since I started. I have been getting spread too thin lately, and it’s time to start simplifying and focusing on what I want most with my photography, my family and my life.
So here I am, kind of starting over! I have a handful of weddings lined up in the next 16 months, and I look forward to photographing each of them. Will I ever go back to photographing weddings? I’m not sure. For now, I’m not thinking that far ahead. I can tell you that I am working on extending my portrait and lifestyle photography in a new direction. I am not ready to make that announcement yet, but I’m really excited about it. I think it will be a really good change and allow me to do more of what I love, which is working more closely with my clients.
I apologize if things seem really vacant here. It is all part of the transition over the next month or so while I work out the details. I can’t wait to share what’s ahead with all of you! Thank you so much for your support over the past couple years. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart, and am so excited to see where I go from here!