I wasn't sure how to write this - or even write it at all. I think I was hoping something poetic or profound would come to me. Something, you know, artistic. It didn't. So I decided to just write.
I contemplated closing the doors to my photography business ever since my daughter was born, honestly. But seriously since November of last year. And so, I did it. I decided to shut down the business side of photography.
As a family photographer, I got to witness and preserve so many amazing moments for my clients. And I loved every second of it. But I started to realize just how many of my own moments I was missing. I am a creative manager by day. Which meant client shoots were on the weekends and editing was every night, all night. Not to mention the business things that needed to be done in between. This left very little time with my amazing husband and daughter. When I started missing more and more moments, I knew it was time.
I officially made the decision in March and told my past clients in April. So it's been a little bit of time and I can still say that this was the right decision for me and my family.
I've gotten to watch television with my husband at night without a computer in my face. I enjoy weekend walks to the park with my daughter. I'm reading a book - just for me. I'm eating better and taking better care of myself. And an unexpected side effect - I enjoy photography again. I didn't even realize that over the six years I was in business, I turned photography into a chore - something that I had to do. And stopped shooting for me somewhere along the way.
I'm shooting for me again. My style. My vision. My art. I don't care what people think of it - I can't tell you how freeing that is. To shoot and share an expression of myself without worrying what a client or prospective client might think. Stressed about them hiring me (or not) based on photos I take for me.
Here are a few favorites I've taken - freely - over the past few months.
Sometimes you have to say 'no' to one thing, so you can say 'yes' to another. I'm excited that I'm turning this site into a blog about motherhood. I by no means have it all figured out, but I have learned a few tricks along the way. And if there is one thing I have learned, it's that it really does take a village - I hope you'll share your experience in the comments of the blog posts. So, without further ado, welcome to STAMPS & Co. a blog about life in the 'hood...motherhood. Traveling with a toddler, easy weeknight recipes, and of course film photos, lots and lots of 'em.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your memories with me over the past six years. I have enjoyed it all and have absolutely no regrets. And I'm looking forward to this next chapter in life.