This post is a long time coming but I wasn’t sure how to put it into words and I wanted to be confident in the decisions I was making. In the past few years I have seen many fellow business owners stepping back from their respective business. Whether cutting hours, shifting specialties or completely closing- folks are taking steps to prioritize the things that bring them joy in their lives. I truly believe that one of the “benefits” of the pandemic was that it forced many of us to slow down and take stock of our lives.
In late 2010, after spending years working in higher education, I was lucky enough to be able to switch careers to a job that gave me an outlet for my creativity while allowing flexibility in my home life. In the past 13 years, as Blue Daisy Art grew, my client roster grew and demands on my time because greater than I hoped. After my son was born 9 years ago, I attempted to shift and adapt my focus to give myself time with my family while not letting my clients down. I moved to not booking high school seniors, only photographing families in the fall, and somewhat limiting the number of births and newborns I booked.
As a Gen X’er though I grew up in a time when being super busy and having more, more, more defined success. I also have a hard time saying no and have serious FOMO (fear of missing out.). When I took a season off from photographing families, I got a little sad looking at the images captured by other photographers of gorgeous fall colors with families I loved to capture.
I am now though at a point in my life when I am counting down the years in which my own kids are still at home. My kids are active and busy and between school, sports and activities, I am lucky to have any time with them. While driving with my daughter recently I looked over at her and thought “I only have a few years left with you before you leave for college” and I started tearing up.
So what does all this have to do with Blue Daisy art? Initially my plan was to close my doors, but I am not ready for that. I would like to take this year as a test to see what my schedule will allow. So, for now…
I will not be booking:
- Fall family sessions
- Milestone (sitter, 1 year, etc.) sessions from new clients
- Births from new clients
- Extended family sessions
I will be booking:
- a very small number of newborn and maternity sessions from new and returning clients
- milestone sessions from returning clients (which may include family images if booking a “complete” session)
- New Arrival Sessions (Fresh 48/In-hospital sessions) from new and returning clients
- Previously purchased or donation gift cards, which can be used for family or newborn sessions
What is up in the air?
- Christmas Mini-Sessions. I will take the next couple months to decide if and when I will offer up the Christmas “Milk and Cookies” sessions
I appreciate everyone’s understanding and if at any point I begin to open up additional sessions, I will inform folks via facebook. Below is part if my “why”. Why I am stepping back, as my kiddos (and my husband and I) are not getting any younger and time moves too fast.