It has been over a month since the last time I wrote a blog! Can you believe that? I remember the first year in business I blogged constantly. It seemed as if I was blogging every.single.day. I remember another photographer saying to me “I don’t know how you have time”. Honestly, now that I think back to that first year or second, even, I am not sure how I survived. I worked too much, but when you are trying to get your name out there that is what you do. Right? Well, that was my theory. You work hard, really hard…Great things will happen. In my personal case that has been so very true. I have worked my tush off and will continue to work hard to be better, do better than what I did the day before. However, I plan to do it a little differently going into 2013. I made a life changing and honestly soul enriching decision earlier this year not to work on Sunday’s. When I took back that day and gave it right back to who it belonged to…my family…life got better. I look forward to waking up next to my husband with no urgency to run out the door to a session. I look forward to staying in my pj’s and cooking breakfast for my loves. I look forward to doing whatever it is WE want to do that day without someone else expecting something from me. We all deserve that. Every single one of us. I promised myself the moment I was feeling like I was getting on the verge of being burnt out I was going to take a step back. Taking back Sunday’s gave me the break I needed. And, honestly…not one of my absolutely wonderful clients complained. I received so many heart warming emails and texts from others that it honestly brought me to my knees. They knew I wanted that day back. They knew I needed that day back. And, for that…for their understanding and encouragement, I will forever be grateful!
So, as I prepare for 2013 what changes will you see? Well, I don’t plan to work “as much” as I did even this year. In May, I had 40 sessions! That is just crazy folks. Did I love every single one of the 40??…ABSOLUTELY, but holy moly sista’s. I don’t plan to work every single Saturday. I know I have several families that work full time and Saturday is their only option. And, because I love them so much I am keeping Saturday’s an option. But, will block off one or two from each month to have a full weekend with my family. A weekend to go the Farm perhaps?? Oh yes. I can just feel the joy in my heart as I type that out. I know the question is going to come up about pricing? Did you know I haven’t raised my prices since 2010? Well, I think it’s time. Don’t worry I am not gonna go crazy, but it’s overdue. BUT, because I am announcing the changes will take effect soon I am going to announce next week a few days of “book this week for 2013 and receive 2012 pricing”. More on that soon. But, be sure to stay in the know through my facebook page. I will continue with the way I have always run my business, because it works for me. I have built a successful business based on having some incredible relationships with my clients and their children. I do not want that to change. I am able to capture some wonderful emotion because they let me “see them”. How incredible is that? All of them different, but amazing in every way.
I am so humbled by this journey. A journey that I hope keeps on keepin’ on.
I am so humbled by my clients. You all know what you mean to me. Thank you will never be enough.
All of my Love, SR