Oh, this is going to get wordy… Some shifts have been taking place in my thinking, my photography, my family… These words have been in my heart for some time and it’s time to be honest and share them.
Clients have been my primary focus for over 5 years now. The journey has lead me to opportunities I didn’t know existed, allowed me to interact with dynamic and beautiful families while learning more about myself than I knew I could. My business face has gone through changes, my focus has realigned a few times and, heck, my pricing even changed significantly since the summer of 2009. Lately, I have been feeling a bit stagnant in my client photography journey. What once set a fire in my heart is now leaving me feeling repetitive. I want my work to feel compelling and unique to each individual family- to tell your story. I desperately need to do more with my photography, give you a better story through my images. However, each of my quiet moments is overflowing with ‘to-do’ items and the time to sit, ponder and think about what that “more” is, is less and less as my children grow. My family images are quite different than my client work and I’m working to find a way to makes the two interchangeable. To put the heart that my family images contain into your images, as well. To get to my new place, for the fall of 2014 at least, I will be taking a step back from photographing clients – for me and for you. I will be focusing on some new areas, educating myself further, and daydreaming. Predicting what this will lead to in 2015 is impossible, but hopefully I will be refreshed, excited and ready to shoot your family with a new focus.
While I will be on a short break from new client sessions, I certainly won’t be quiet. Finding teaching within the photography community has nestled into a loving place in my heart. My background is in teaching and to combine that with photography makes my heart just about burst. Showing a mom how to use her camera and watching as a light bulb shines for YOU is enough to make me show you more. For you to photograph the daily adventures and growth of your babies is just as meaningful to me. Providing a guide to shoot your children in a meaningful way and preserve your memories in your daily adventures feels so much more important to me, in this season, than one session of my images can provide.
What I will be doing this fall:
ONLINE COURSE: On Monday, November 24th the second run of my online photography class, “Photographing Your Family’s Everyday, Extraordinary Day, and Everything in Between“ begins. This class is the perfect opportunity to photograph your holiday season. It couldn’t be planned for a better time of year! Sign ups begin in October.
IN-PERSON TEACHING: I will be available for small group and/or individual “Learning Your Camera” workshops. Contact me if you are interested for yourself or for a group of you and a few friends. They are about 2 hours long – include a workbook and time for shooting – as well as access to ask me questions for a few weeks after the class is over.
PERSONAL PROJECTS: There are a few projects that have been put on hold or unshared throughout the last year. I will be diving further into these with joy… printing out my final product of my letter project, continuing to shoot my kiddos art projects while creating more spaces to display their artwork throughout my home, returning to blogging more often, and shooting my everyday even more consistently.
VOLUNTEERING: I can be found at the local elementary school helping out This doesn’t help you, but I’m making it a priority!
With that said, if you were a newborn client within the last year, I will be taking 6 month and 1 year sessions for your sweet little one – how can I not peek in on their growth?!
Here are some highlights from our summer that I haven’t shared…