If you follow this blog or my Facebook page then you may have noticed that things have been pretty quiet in Photography-land. The reason for that is two-fold. First, in the spring I launched a new off-shoot of my photography business, PhotoBlogHelp.com offering website support to photographers. It took off pretty quickly and it’s work I really enjoy so that’s taken some time away from picking up the camera.
More than that, though, I’ve been struggling for the last few years to find the balance that all of us Mothers struggle to find. My children must come first but often times they don’t, I’m ashamed to admit. I have a son who is turning 17 this fall and I see the remnants of his childhood fleeting and I know I need to shift the balance back toward my children for awhile. Their childhoods will speed by and I’ll have the rest of my life to pursue my own career interests.
So I took a drastic step back this summer and stopped shooting sessions while I evaluated the direction of my business and life. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I really must focus on my birth photography business and my family. I’m not “retiring” from sessions forever but I am taking a real step back and putting some severe limits on the number, type and location of sessions I’ll accept going forward. I’ve also restructured my session and product pricing completely to reflect these changes.
Finally I would like to have time and energy to pick up the camera and photograph my children, my husband, my pets. I haven’t really taken any true photos of my family since pursuing professional photography and I’m sad about that. So although I won’t be posting as many sessions here going forward, I still plan to post photos – the photos I’ll begin taking right away – from my life. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for birth sneak peeks. I’m booked for births through 2011 so there should be a nice steady stream of new family love to share!