As I work through my sixth year as a photographer, I have had plenty of time to figure out where my comfort zone falls on the session spectrum. I used to offer my services for anything and everything. But my heart wasn't in it all. And that showed in my work. If I didn't love a certain kind of session, it would be evident, and it would do a number on my confidence. I learned to say no and have learned to only offer sessions I love doing. Limiting what I have to offer allows me to practice more.
Next year, I'll be limiting my services even more. I'll only be offering outdoor maternity sessions, in home and in studio newborn sessions, baby milestone sessions, One Year/Cake Smash sessions, and outdoor family sessions. Family Sessions will only be scheduled May - November. (Family sessions do include Mini and Traditional and may contain one or more people).
I love this job. I love my clients. But I need to slow down.
I spend a lot of time with my family. And even though photography makes me happy, my family makes me happier. I want to spend more time with them. I want to simplify life a little more.
The fact that I'm able to limit my sessions and pick and choose what I love to do is a gift. This will allow me to provide a professional level service with much more care and time invested into each session. I've worked so hard to build up this business and I'm blown away by where it has gone these past few years. I'm so very thankful that I can provide for my family by doing something I love. And I'm so incredibly thankful for my clients who keep choosing me again and again and again.
I'm noticing that I'm having to give more of myself to my work as I take on more and more new clients. Cake Smashes used to be my most popular session. But as of lately, it's shifted to my newborn sessions. I've booked more newborn sessions this year than cake smashes. Mind blown.
Newborn sessions require a lot of time. I'm finding that as more time is spent within this job, the more it takes away from my family. I need to simplify so I can not only ensure that I have time for the sessions I love, but also ensure that I'm not taking time away from my family.
So, that's the plan. But in the mean time, I'm going to bust my butt until winter and look forward to hibernation! :)