I have hinted towards this on my blog and facebook for a while now and even last year limited my sessions available, however Ive made it official as of today – I will not be taking on any photography sessions – I do have a couple sessions I have already discussed with clients and will of course honour. My facebook page has been de-activated off and on for quite some time now, as I have been taking baby steps towards this.
A part of me was scared to “admit” that I was feeling the pressure – if I was to admit anything I felt it last year, but it was something I love and something I had support to do by my husband and family so I did it. You know what? Its OK to admit you DONT want to do it ALL! I have a full time job I love and have my heart and soul into, our kids are growing… they are now at the age where they are letting mommy and daddy sleep in on Sundays – how cool is that, why would I want to rush out of bed on my day off to do more work? Nope… I am quite proud and honoured I have received such encouragement, such kind words and such great clients to work with. Since moving, I’ll admit it, we do not spend much time indoors – which is why we bought where we did. I want to enjoy our free time we have together as a family and doing fun things together. Last summer was almost a total write off with moving, other than spending time in our own back yard … and I fell in love.
My website ( http://www.yourlifeasartphotography.com/ )will still be up as one day I will get back into doing sessions, however with working full time and two young kids in sports now in both the winter and summer, I need some downtime too! Especially with our littlest starting school in the fall – seriously where has the time gone! Although I do spend alot of time with my family and photograph my children, when I was doing sessions for other people, I was not taking the images I had before, of my own family, which is why when I was off in December and part of January for my surgery, I was reminded (when I couldn’t do a thing!) to cherish the little things, moments and people. The past 8 years have almost been a blur for me being pulled in many different ways between many businesses, health issues, moving 3 times, kids, etc… In December I began picking up my camera more for ME, photographing our day to day life, our moments, the moments I know our kids will look back on, we will look back on and think man that was fun, time has flown by! I will not regret not having or spending time with my kids that I could.
I am very thankful for the clients I have had over the last couple years, I had a lot of fun and enjoyed each and every session I did. I am very thankful for the compliments and testimonials given, praise and encouraging words to grow a photography business…
I want to enjoy photography without the committments. Let it be the piece of me that is for ME!
I want to enjoy sitting in my back yard, enjoy a few drinks, a late night with friends, kick back and read a book, or go for a bike ride with my husband and kids – I want to enjoy all this and more … guilt free! Yesterday I posted about enjoying life to the fullest, a sad reminder for us, a day when we suddently lost someone very close to us – so Im puttin it out there, nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to be scared of. Its all about living life and enjoying every moment! The good, the bad and yup at times the ugly lol. 😉
I will still be very involved in the Mount Forest Camera Club and get to enjoy going shooting with members and discussing everything photography! I will still be shooting and will continue to provide our township, Chamber and Avalon Magazine with photograph’s. As well as photographing and promotion for the Mount Forest Patriots Jr C Hockey Team and our family business JJ McLellan & Son Plumbing and Heating.
Although I am stepping back from sessions, nothing will ever take me away from photography.