I don’t mean to be too punny with the title of this post, but that’s really what I’ve been doing recently – refocusing.
When I started this business in 2006, I was just so happy to be doing what I loved – and getting PAID for it! – that I did a little of everything. I did newborn pics, kids, families, seniors, engagement portraits, events, weddings, you name it. And it was all great and I met a ton of wonderful people. But that was when everything was fresh and new and I had no particular passion for any one area – I loved them all and I just loved taking pictures. But in the eight years that have gone by since then, I have discovered what my true passion is, and the decision has been made to drop the things that don’t bring me quite as much joy.
With that in mind, I have decided to focus my business on senior portraits and family photography. Why these two areas? Well, I cannot even begin to explain how much I enjoy photographing my seniors. They are so full of life and excitement about their future, they are enthusiastic and up for just about anything, and that enthusiasm is contagious. When I get home from a senior shoot I feel invigorated. I feel a little less like the tired old lady that I am, and more like the young person I once was. I could never give that up.
And my families. Oh, there are so many wonderful families that I have met doing this job. I’ve watched their kids grow up. I feel at home in their houses, and I consider many of them to be good friends. I look forward to meeting many more of these families in the future.
So, what types of sessions are going away? The first to go will be the couples/engagements pics. It’s never been a big part of my business, so it probably won’t be missed by many. But then there’s the big one – newborns. I’ve had to think long and hard about this one. It’s honestly taken me the better part of the past year to come to this decision, because some of my newborn pics are among my favorites that I have ever taken. But I don’t find myself as in love with newborn photography as I once was, so I have decided to give it up.
BUT – when I say that the newborn sessions are going away, I really just mean the posed sessions that I have become known for over the years. You know, the ones with the baby in the teacup or the basket or the Very Hungry Caterpillar cocoon. I’ve sold most of my newborn props and blankets in preparation for this transition. But I will still be offering a Lifestyle Newborn session for those that are interested. What’s a lifestyle session? It’s a much more casual, natural approach to photography. I come to your home, and act like a fly on the wall – I’ll watch you cuddled up on the couch with your new little bundle, capture your older children getting to know their new sibling, and basically try to be as unobtrusive as possible. The session is much less stressful for everyone involved, and the results are beautiful and touching.
I’d also like to do more of the lifestyle-type sessions with the families I work with. They are a lot of fun and again, much less stressful. I’ll come over to the house and we can have a tea party, or build with Legos, or read stories, or whatever it is that you do as a family. I’ll just be there to capture it all. Please let me know if this is something that you would like to try. I promise you won’t regret it.
So there we are. Refocused. Ready for a great 2014 portrait season. I hope you enjoy the ride.