Happy Monday!! For the first time in 9 years, I am childless, as my youngest, Jozlyn, just started her first day of kindergarten. Her brother, Xavier, starts 4th grade, and her sister, Alexandra, starts 2nd grade.
The girls were nervous last night already…well, at least Alexandra was. The lightening and thunder storm didn’t help, but the girls attempted twice to sleep in the living room. This morning Alexandra asked Jozlyn, “does your tummy kinda hurt, Jozlyn?” Jozlyn had said “no.” Then Alexandra followed up with “mine does; I’m nervous.” I’m sure there was comfort, those first two years, for her, that her teacher was also her grandma. I know her new teacher will calm her nerves today though and she’ll be just fine.
Here are a few pictures I took this morning. Gizmo was whining, wanting outside, when we went out to take pictures. Shortly thereafter, the bus came. When I came back inside, there he sat….by the door whining. It’s now been an hour and a half since the kids left and he’s been outside three times, and not to go potty. I think he is lost without them. To him, those are his litter-mates; he’s pretty attached to them. He’s been wandering around, seemingly unsettled. After a few days, he’ll get the routine down though. I think I’ll have to record the homecoming today as I think he’ll go pretty nuts! lol!
Now that the kids are gone during the day, I will be able to get caught up on everything on my to-do list. I still have a couple session images to finish up, some design work to do, and also some business things that have been put on the back-burner for a LONG time (including a sewing project I started this past winter)! So, I’m excited to have the opportunity to do that – and without the guilt that plagued me when I did try to work when the kids were around. Balancing parenthood with business has been the hardest the last several years.
Which brings me to a special anniversary I would like to mention! Today, is not only my brother & sister-in-law’s 2nd wedding anniversary, but also the anniversary of 5 years of being in business in this area! Five years ago, my previous website officially launched and around the same time is when I officially and legally became a sole proprietor.
I accomplished what a lot of people thought I wouldn’t – and that is actually grow my business in a town with 80′ish people. I had a lot of doubters or maybe those that just thought I was plain crazy and being a wishful thinker. But a studio space actually developed from my growth as a business owner. And to think….even after expenses, I’ve actually been able to earn a paycheck and help provide for our family too! Photography has been my way of life and my livelihood and none of it would have been possible without the encouragement of my husband or those that really saw in me, what took so long for me to see in myself. And ultimately, none of it would have happened at all if it weren’t for those who came to me for my services in the first place.
So, as I reflect on the last five years that seemed to have just flown by, as my youngest starts kindergarten, and what feels like a new chapter in my book of life begins, I just wanted to say “thank you” to those who have been supportive. Thank you to those who have contributed to my passion; not only by investing in me as their photographer and giving me a purpose, but also investing in their own lives through professional, quality photographs and keepsakes.
My business is very much my clients’ business. The two go hand-in-hand. It took me a while to realize that and many of the changes I’ve made along the way, have resulted from open communication with my clients. I genuinely care what my client base is wanting/looking for when they seek out professional portraiture.
Although, what I offer, may not be what everyone wants/needs/values, I know that I am serving those that do want what I offer, and that gives me a great deal of satisfaction and ultimately very excited to work with each and every client. Understanding that I can’t be the photographer for everyone has been thee hardest hurdle to jump in my business. A lot of self-doubt creeps in when you are in a business that is not a commodity, like detergent , for example, that everyone needs, but rather offer something as personal as portraiture.
With all of that being said, I would like to celebrate in some way. So, here it goes!!! I look forward to giving back to one amazing client and to working with some new ones as well! Will that new client be you? Get in touch by 4:00 P.M. tomorrow! I look forward to meeting and working with you!
I wanted to offer something that I felt my previous clients would love to receive, even if it’s from a client session 5 years ago. Memories are memories, right? And yes, I have a very hard time deleting images! Although, I do only guarantee images to be on file a certain amount of time.
I also wanted to offer a great incentive for those that may have thought about booking me but just needed a kick in the pants, or even previous clients that would love another session with me. Either way, you have 24 hours to book. And tomorrow, one lucky client will be notified they will be receiving all of the digitalfiles from one of their sessions in the last five years. If you’re a client who has had several sessions, your name will be put in the drawing for each session you’ve had with me! This drawing excludes all weddings and most engagements, however, as those clients received their digital files, as well as sessions that have not already placed an order.
So, be on the lookout for the announcement tomorrow morning. I will be posting a recording, I think (if I get it to work), of Jozlyn drawing the winner!
Enjoy your Monday, everyone!