While at a church planter’s conference yesterday, the Lord put something on my heart, something that has been on my mind a lot lately, and I feel a need to act on it.
Often times you will see photographers post about how they balance their professional lives with their families, and upon reading you immediately think “WOW! They must be supermom” what with getting all their work done on time, while at the same time keeping their house clean, doting on their wonderful husbands spending oodles of time with their kiddos and staying sane while doing it all! This is something that I have been struggling to maintain these past couple months, especially since our family has grown recently. I have noticed that my priorities have not been where they should be and I am not focusing on what needs to be most important in my life, God! I was putting my business first family second and God last. While this might sound terrible to some people I have to expound on just how easy it is to slip into this kind of lifestyle, and I want to be completely honest with you all. It took me a while to see that that’s exactly what I was doing. Also this is a delicate and precious time in my families lives, we have three small children who need me to be there to be an example to them, to guide them and to just be there for them. There are things that my heart longs to do, and while I love being a photographer, some things are just more important. I want to be more active in my church, I want to play with my kids more, spend more time with my husband, and be able to go places without the thought in the back of my mind that I have to get all these pictures edited by this date….
I will not be stopping this photography journey, but I will be doing things a lot differently to ensure that my priorities are in line.
After I have completed all the sessions that I have booked I will only be booking newborn and fresh 48 sessions. I will not be taking sessions for families, or seniors, etc. and will only take on 2-3 a month. I’m not sure how long I will do it this way, it won’t be forever but until I feel confident enough to keep everyone and everything it their rightful place in my life.
While this was not the initial plan for my business I know it will be worth it in the end, and I hope you all understand where I’m coming from.