It has been an honor to photograph so many wonderful clients. It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I am no longer accepting new clients at this time. You know when it is time to close a chapter of your life. I have felt that over the past few months and for that , business, and personal reasons, my little family and I have decided that it is best if I focus my energies elsewhere at this time. I am always happy to point you to some of the wonderful photographers in this area who I have had the joy of getting to know and call friends.
While I have loved every minute of photography, I never really settled into the business side of things. Unfortunately, what they say is true. It is 10% photography skills and 90% business skills. It was not natural to me. Too be honest, it can wear you down to have your value questioned and have your prices and policies argued over. I am blessed in that the vast majority of my clients were amazing and wonderful, but to be called out hurts, even if it only happens once.
I honestly think that people forget we are a business or even people with feelings. Curse of the social media world, I guess. Its a small world in photography and some of what I heard said behind my back hurts. It takes a lot of time and money to run a photography business. While, I never linked one of the many articles detailing that, it is true. My prices were set to make it worth my time away from my husband, family, and home. Because that is worth
something a lot to me. But, in the end, I just did not have the business skills to make it really work for me and I lost heart to keep trying. As much as I love photography, capturing memories, and creating something that will last a lifetime, the fact is that I barely was making minimum wage and hated the business and selling side of it. I know a huge part is my fault for being a perfectionist and spending hours and hours editing to my liking, but that is who I was as a photographer and unfortunately I can not afford to continue and can not afford to be someone I am not.
I appreciate the opportunity to capture your memories for you and wish you all the best. It is time to “focus” on family. Haha. Pun intended!
Warmly and Gratefully,