April 24, 2013 is the last time I blogged and that was just a catch up blog. Every year I tell myself I am going to be a better blogger, I will blog each week. And every year I don’t *blogger fail*
I wish I was good with words, I am not. I wish I was “quippy” (you know snappy come backs and jokes off the top of my head) but I am not that either. What I am is shy, introverted (I work on that on a regular basis, after all being a business owner if I don’t put myself out there I won’t have a business) quiet and a thinker. If I am photographing you and I am not talking much its not because I don’t feel the session is going well its because I go in this photo mode and my mind is constantly thinking about lighting, angles, poses, that one blade of grass that needs to be moved…. you get the idea. I sink into what I am doing and I choose to believe it is a good thing it just shows that this is my passion and my heart and I put all of that into each session.
On to a personal note… My baby (okay not literally baby but she is my youngest so she will always be my baby) turned 7 recently. I spur of the moment decided I needed to take photos, it had been cloudy and dreary and warm all day then the sun came out briefly so I grabbed her put her in a cute outfit, grabbed my awesome new to me chair and headed to a field. While taking these photos I came to the harsh realization that she isn’t a baby any more. She is growing into the most awesome girl ever. She loves church and gymnastics (recently moved to the competitive team) she is a little book worm just like her momma, she is giving, caring, cute and sassy, she has the most hilarious personality (I bet she grows up to be “quippy”). She is more than I had hoped my daughter would be and she is only 7.
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I recently read a blog post by an awesome photographer whom I really look up to, Rachel Vanoven. Her blog really inspired me to voice some of my thoughts on this matter. While I am not near as busy as her nor do I host mentoring and workshops, I have some of the same concerns and problems she does. In my busy times I feel as though I spend all my time behind the camera or in front of the computer screen. In my not as busy times I am still in front of the computer a ton, working on website, learning new techniques, networking, and trying to find new props and accessories. There are times when I miss my husband and kids so much even though they are under the same roof as I am.
Another worry I have is, what if my clients think that I need to work on their images non stop until their gallery is posted, after all I work from home right, I am right there to get it done whats stopping me. Now, I know that my clients aren’t that way because I have the best clients and they are so understanding, heck most of the time I end up becoming friends with my clients and that means the world to me. That is me feeling I need to sit down and get all the images edited and the gallery posted and all the other work done before I can do anything else, not my clients making me feel that way.
While I still plan on working hard for my clients and putting my heart into each image, this is the year for priority changes, I am a wife and mother first and foremost and a photographer second. I love my job more than any one has a right to, but I also need time with those I love. This is the year I will not overbook myself so that I am running ragged and missing my kids childhoods (they are only this age once and I sure do not want to miss it) In August, my son will start 5th grade and that is his last year of elementary school (and is already texting girls and rides his bike to friends house and “shoots hoops with his buddies” and I feel like I have no idea when that happened) and my daughter will start kindergarten. They will both be in school all day for the first time in 10 years so my hours will be changing. Starting in August, I will do sessions more during the day and only allow one maybe 2 evenings for sessions and I won’t be doing anything on Sundays except spending that precious time with my family and watching my children laugh and play (or bicker and fight as seems to be the case with these two) I will do office work during the day and stop at 3 when I pick my kids up from school. Life is too short and I do not want to take any of it for granted. After all my daughter won’t want to twirl in a long flowing dress for too much longer and I don’t want to miss those moments any more.
Thank you Rachel for inspiring me to change how I do business so I do not miss my kids childhood.