If you follow my business account on Instagram, you saw my big announcement last night … but in case you didn’t, here it is:
I’m now booking family photography sessions in Wisconsin!
Y’all might remember that a few months ago, I walked away from wedding photography, and I totally am standing by that decision. Everything I felt then has not changed, and some recent circumstances have cemented shut the chapter of wedding photography for me (which eventually I’ll share about, sorry to be all vague but I can’t talk about it yet).
I was totally burnt out with business, I was scared about the future with the coronavirus, I was panicked about my cancer diagnosis, and I was drowning in stress about the upcoming move from Georgia. I could hardly breathe, let alone think about running a business.
So I quit. I hung my gear up, I stopped posting work on social media, I stopped blogging about photography, I closed my business across the inter webs because I needed space to breathe.
And I’ll be honest: while quitting wedding photography has given me some much-needed breathing room, it also left a massive hole in my existence. So much of my identity has been wrapped up in the idea of being a photographer, a creative entrepreneur, a businesswoman and a valued member of the small society of professional photographers that walking away literally felt like someone had died. I’ve been mourning for weeks, mourning the loss of my identity and my business and everything I’ve ever known as an adult. Hell, even as a kid I was the designated photographer and storyteller in my group of friends. I’ve been doing this for 36 years, you guys.
While I am definitely retired from weddings, I am picking my camera back up to serve families, seniors and fellow creatives for branding here in southeastern Wisconsin. 🍻
I needed to walk away to gain some perspective, and I’m so glad that I did. It gave me some clarity on what I really want out of life, and what brings me the most joy. I Marie Kondo’d myself, basically. 😂
I’m really excited to be jumping back into the swing of things, and I am now booking families, high school seniors, maternity and other types or portrait sessions, from Lake Geneva to Milwaukee, and all over the southeastern Wisconsin area. This is, of course, in addition to offering my services as a virtual assistant for other fellow creative entrepreneurs.
Thank you all for sticking by me, both in and out of my business, while I have taken time for myself. It means the world to me to have your love and support!