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Moving forward and stepping back

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.  

My first business "pause" was when my son was both over 9 years old.

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.

Thanks, Vicky

Kelli | Springfield IL Maternity Photographer

Many years ago when I was first starting out in photography I had a sweet mom contact me regarding getting images of her newborn boy.   She had just moved back to the area and I was super excited to use my new “skills” that I was learning while taking lots of online and in-person classes in regards to baby photography.   After his session, I was able to see him grow through her facebook posts of him and it was so fun to see him grow from the tiny baby I photographed to an adorable little boy.   So I was SO thrilled when she was pregnant with number 2 and decided to contact me.  I would like to think that my photography skills have grown greatly in the 6 years since I photographed her adorable Kyler as a newborn and now she was pregnant with a little girl!
Kelli’s maternity session was a dream.  The weather was perfect.   Kyler was an angel of a big brother (and oh so photogenic!) and dad and mom were just adorable together!   Kelli sported a couple dresses from my maternity closet and the white buds on the trees created a perfect backdrop for the session.   What.a.dream!

Mary M | Springfield Chatham IL Maternity Photographer

While the buds are barely growing on the trees in early April and the weather is crazy unpredictable (I’m pretty sure we had snow on April 1st), every now and then you get a gorgeous day that provides the perfect backdrop for a sweet early spring session.  It was the.perfect.evening.   Temperature in the upper 70s, beautiful golden sunset and a darling couple!   I first met this couple at a dear friends 4th of July get together, my friends husband worked with this future dad-to-be.   Crazy enough, several months later this future momma-to-be would become my daughters’s Kindergarten teacher.   Now, flash forward a couple years later and I get the opportunity to photograph their maternity and newborn images!

Fun to note is that they allowed me to have a videographer come and take some video of me working with them.   The resulting  video can be  seen here:   Also, her outfit is from my studio “maternity closet.”  If you book your newborn/maternity session with me and you can come over and select from some of my gorgeous maternity-wear. Various sizes and styles are available.


Mary B | Springfield IL Maternity Photographer

When Mary first contacted me to schedule a maternity session, we discussed locations, wardrobe and how she would like to integrate her family into some of the images.  I was so excited for their session.  Flash forward to the date of their session and oh my goodness…it was one of the coldest March dates ever!   This adorable former-warm weather climate momma, braved the cold temps like a champ.    We utilized the downtown Springfield area and took some frequent breaks inside to warm up but got in some gorgeous images despite the frigid temps.

Victoria Kegg of Blue Daisy Art is a fresh and modern portrait photographer. She specializes in birth, maternity, & infant photography, but also captures families and children. Blue Daisy Art is based in Springfield, IL.

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