Category Archives: Portraits
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!
Today I would like for you to meet sweet little Sadie. I photographed Erin and Mike’s little love about a month ago, and she is just the sweetest little thing. And tiny! Oh my goodness, now that Lily is getting big, I had forgotten just how tiny newborns are! What a difference just a few short months can make!
I met Erin and Sadie at their home, as I do with all newborn sessions, and Sadie was way too curious about this big camera thing to get sleepy for us, but we made the best of the day, and she and Erin did a great job being beautiful and sweet and cuddly. Mike joined us a little later and I was so glad to be able to get some pictures of him with his little girl, and the whole family together. I love photographing newborns, and I always make sure to get some family pictures, too. There’s nothing more beautiful than a new mom and dad holding this brand new precious life in their arms. It’s the most tiring and heart-wrenching job in the world. These tiny people just grab hold of your heart and turn your world upside down. It’s incredible.
It’s been a joy to be able to photograph Erin and Mike’s engagement, wedding, and new little one this past year. I consider myself to be a very lucky lady to be entrusted with documenting such special times in people’s lives. They are a great family, and I wish them so much happiness (and sleep)!
Sadie was sweet enough to give me a couple smiles during her shoot. Is there anything better than a baby smile?
I think we could all use some cute baby pictures this week, wouldn’t you say?
Audrey came into the world in early December, making Gina and Andrew’s a family of three. She was so incredibly teeny tiny, and even having just had a newborn myself, I was amazed by her size. She is now four months old, freshly baptized and full of personality, but looking back at these photos, I am so glad I was able to do these pictures of her. The newborn phase goes by so, so quickly. Day to day, week to week, and before you know it, they’re on to the next milestone or growth spurt.
I was able to get a couple pictures of her when she was a day old, still in the hospital, when I went for a visit, and then spent a nice Sunday morning at Gina and Andrew’s house, doing silly things like putting this teeny baby in her teeny stocking (which she did not like) and getting some pictures of her snuggling with her mommy and daddy by the Christmas tree (which she liked very much).