It’s been a long time coming, a year and a half to be exact. As soon as we found out we were pregnant, I focused all of my attention and energy on Adeline, and after already feeling burned out, photography fell to the wayside. A long break was much needed, but I’m finally ready to be back!
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted to realign my business, and I’ve finally figured it out. Since having Adeline, I’ve realized just how quickly time flies, and how badly I want to document every little milestone. Photos now have a whole new meaning, but also, my time and our budget have whole new meanings.
Being new parents, money isn’t exactly free-flowing. Babies have a way of sucking our bank accounts dry. Imagine that! Photography has always been my side-hustle business, but I’ve never been very pleased with the business side of it. Sure I’ve made a great second income through it, but I’ve never had a reason to really reevaluate it until now. I’ve also never really thought about why I shoot in the first place. But after taking a long break, it’s obvious how much joy it brings me.
So here’s what I’ve decided to do. I believe there is a huge market in town for people like us, who are new parents or young families, or soon-to-be-moms, or single moms, who whoever, who want to be able to document these moments, but can’t necessarily afford to on a whim. They also don’t have the time to spend on taking photos. I want to change that. High quality photography shouldn’t have to be overly expensive, a huge time commitment, and only accessible to a few. My goal is to not only make my sessions affordable, but also make them a small enough time commitment that neither of us are away for too long. You and your family can get back to making memories, and I can get back to mine. A win-win for everyone.
I’ve learned a lot over the past five years of shooting, and I feel confident in stepping down to offering mini sessions only. I’ve learned what I like, what I don’t like, and what my limits are before that passion starts to turn into added stress. And while I would love to pay a hefty price for photos of my own family, multiple times a year, the reality is that I just can’t, and I know others can’t either. I also know that I don’t want to be away from Adeline anymore than I have to be. The golden rule applies to many areas of life, and for me, I’m applying it to my business. I want others who are in the same boat as us, to be able to be blessed with photos they can afford. If I’m not willing to pay my own prices, why should I expect anyone else to?
So, here’s to a fresh business start. I hope you’ll understand why I’m cutting back, but I have a feeling I’m not the first to be turned off by high prices, or complicated packages. Maybe I’m doing myself a disservice by not charging as much as I could, but if my guess is correct, I’m making a change for the better.
If you’re looking for portrait or lifestyle photos – maternity, newborn, children, family, or seniors (8th grade or high school!), shoot me an email and let’s chat! My new sessions will be one hour, $150, at one location. All edited images will be delivered through email download, and will include full printing rights.