Phew, what a year 2018 was! It was one of the most rewarding and one of the most difficult years I’ve had. Over the past few months, my mind has been a roller coaster of emotions and thoughts about the next steps for my business. So to those that have been a client once, or to those I've known for years, or even those who may know me personally, I hope you take the time to read this in its entirety.
When I first began to shoot photography after my daughter was born it was a creative outlet. One that I missed when I started a desk job right out of college. This hobby quickly turned into part-time work on the weekends and then later a full time job. I have put my blood, sweat, and tears into this small business of mine over the past 5 years and it has been utterly rewarding. Now 5 years into my business, I'm the busiest I've ever been, which IS a dream and I can't thank everyone enough who has made this dream possible.
With the new year here, I look back on 2018 and think about changes and improvements I want for myself in this new year. And you want to know my #1 thing I want to improve? My schedule. My biggest heartache this past year has been balancing being a mother and running a business.
I've talked to friends, family, and even some long time loyal clients about this battle recently - of my struggle with being the mom I want to be vs. being a business owner. And the nice thing about it? Everyone I’ve talked to has been nothing but wonderful and amazingly supportive in helping me figure out what comes next for 2019.
Because I love what I do, I can't say goodbye to this job forever because creating memories for all of YOU, is an amazing experience. An experience I can't fully give up. But something I do have to do is slow down my work calendar. My kids are growing so fast and I'm blessed to live a life where I have the opportunity to just enjoy them. I'm looking forward to volunteering more at my daughter's school (I've already signed up for yearbook...how fitting, right?), helping my husband in his new business venture, and really just being in mom mode more.
What does this mean for you, my clients? This year, 2019, my business will take a back seat. I'm NOT saying goodbye but I will be shooting a lot less. I will absolutely still be shooting newborns (they are my favorite thing EVER), but will only allow 1 due date on the calendar per month at most. I will also be hosting more mini sessions during the year to offset the fact that I will not be taking on any full outdoor sessions. So, you love those 20 minute sessions in the Fall? Well, they will happen randomly throughout the year all over (Philly, Main Line, Chester Country, DE, etc.). Mini sessions will be for everything (1st birthdays, maternity, milestones, or just updated family/child galleries).
To my clients who have been with me from the beginning or to those new ones who are thinking about reaching out...don't give up on me. I'm still here and adore you and our time together. Your support. Your kind words. And even your hugs matter to me. WAY more than you will ever think. When I receive emails about the happiness and complete joy with your gallery, those emails are everything to me. I read them over and over again. They are what keep me going. And if you have another photographer you love, and you loved your images or time with them...email them and tell them. Trust me...they will LOVE you for it.
So here is to a New Year. A new me.