After 12 years as a full-time lifestyle photographer, I decided to stop photographing families. I felt it was time to change my focus and start spending more time with my own family. I love photography and this doesn’t mean I will stop taking beautiful photos. This will allow me to focus on photography even more and remember why I started in the first place.
Something that not all people realize is when you start a photography business, the business side can be a little demanding. My photography business is a one woman business with shooting sessions, book keeping, running a website, customer service, marketing and editing deadlines. I really want to focus more on teaching, branding projects and personal work next year. After running a successful full time business, I feel like I have something to give back. I want to teach others how to grow their own businesses.
Challenge: There is Never Enough Time
Trying to run a photography business, pick kids up from school, get kids to choir practice and concerts takes a balancing act. I am a family photographer, so my busy season is right when all the fun holiday stuff begins. I would try and schedule around all the activities but ALWAYS ended up missing something. As my kids get older, I realize those moments will not always be available. I want to cherish these times more than ever. I don’t want to look back and regret not being there for all the important moments.
Photography was not always my only passion. I remember as a kid spending hours in my room just writing in my journal. I love to write so much I started this blog. I have BIG dreams for this blog as well as my Monat business. I feel like these things will not take so much time away from my family. I can work on creating classes and new content while they are at school and work. I don’t have to skip dinner to run to a session, just to spend the rest of my night uploading photos.
Will I miss photographing families? of course!! I loved meeting so many young families through my photography business and growing with them. After 12 years, this was probably one of the hardest decisions I have ever made. It just made sense to me to me and I felt relieved after talking to my husband about this change. I knew at that moment, it was for the best. This is what my next chapter will be…
A New Chapter
I have an interesting perspective on life from past experiences. My life has had many ups and downs and turn of crazy events. I believe those experiences could inspire and help a lot of women. I want my blog to be just that, inspiration. A place you can come and find great advice, how to love life, yummy recipes, follow our travels, be inspired and maybe someone who can relate to what you are going through. I can’t say I won’t miss photography because I will still be taking photos, just not of families.
End of an Era
It’s time for me to say goodbye to an era and embrace a new chapter. I am so excited about this new adventure and season of life. I hope you follow along with me, get to know me better and find some good reads. Let me know what you would love to read about!! I am an open book.