Category Archives: Engagement
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!
While I normally would take some time to round up my favorite photo moments of the year, I just need to spend that time getting as many snuggles and giggles as possible from my girl. It’s been an awesome year. In a lot of ways I can’t believe it’s already a new year, and on the other hand, so much has changed and last December 31 feels like a lifetime ago. A lot changes from year to year, naturally, and this has been one of the best as far as changes go. I am so happy being a mama and have fallen madly in love with my girl and photographing sweet baby faces.
I have high hopes for 2013 and will be kicking things into high gear. I have plenty of openings left, and am aiming to do a lot more portrait work this year, so if you are expecting a baby, looking to update your family photos or a headshot, you know where to find me! I can’t wait to hear from you!
And now I need to get back to this little face. Cheers and Happy New Year!
Baby, it’s cold outside! I have one week left to hang out with my babe and get all the snuggles I can before she is off to daycare and I
cry my eyes out return to the day job. I thought Erin and Mike’s engagement pictures would be nice to look at this week since they were taken at Sandy Beach in Cohasset back in July when it was warm and I got to shoot barefoot with my toes in the sand. These two were married in November, and I will be sharing their wedding soon. For now, put your feet up, pour a warm cup of tea, and imagine you’re there with them on this gorgeous New England beach. It was an early Sunday morning, the sun giving off that special glow that only a summer’s morning can bring, with the sweet, peaceful sound of waves crashing behind us.