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Don't call it a comeback

May 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

As many may know, I took a long break from photography.  I had many life events that were creating conflict with my business.  Life is awesome that way.  It likes to throw a screwball here and there.  The last pitch it threw at us was finally finding out we were pregnant.  (It was a long waiting game. :) ) With the birth of my son, my priorities were realigned with a sole focus on him and my husband.

Here he is. :)

Then my day job happened, as it always does.  I started the routine of juggling a demanding day time job and trying to figure this mother hood thing out.  Plus how to keep my home from looking like a bomb dropped on it.  I still struggle with this.  If you know the secret, please let me know.

I stopped promoting our business.  I slid into the shadows. I stopped going to basketball games, lost sight of faces I have grown to love since the ladies were 8th graders.  They are now getting ready to be seniors!  I stopped networking.  I threw away supplies with the intent of never getting behind a camera again.   I even sold some of my gear and pondered selling much more of it.

Friends and family would ask me, "When are you shooting again?  You know, someone besides the kiddo."  I would get facebook messages from people asking me to work with them.  I would kindly reply with another photographer's site.

You see-every time I said no, I would cringe.  I love meeting new people.  I love capturing memories for them. I felt as if my gift wasn't being put to good use.  It really bothered me.  I felt like the world was flying past me while I was standing still in the shadows.

After almost three and a half of saying no, I finally said yes. 

I was nervous.  This means you have to start all the book keeping again. Remembering the family schedule, work schedule, and making it mesh with the clients' requests. The wedding coverage that goes for 14 plus hours and you walk funny the next day.  The family sessions that don't go quite as planned because the little one was tired and hungry. Having other people shoot with you and break your gear. The dedication to edit photos late into the night must be there.  The random phone calls to photograph dog shows, lol. I'll admit, I was ready.  I am ready. I've missed this.

Most of all, I missed being able to capture memories for families.  Memories that can be passed down generation after generation.

I have to say, "Thank you" to all of our clients who wouldn't let me stay in the shadows. I appreciate everyone encouraging me to stay after the dream.

 

In the words of LL Cool J, "Don't call it comeback, I been here for years."  :)  I am looking forward to see what adventures will present themselves as our company grows.

 


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