It happened. I knew it would. Consumed.
Especially this year, when my life changed on November 1, 2014 and I became a mom. I was fortunate enough to stay home with our son for nearly a year, while I worked from home. But now it is time for me to return to the workforce ("day job") and for the little fella to start day care. You would think I had a generous amount of time with him and my family, and honestly so did I. But as I look back at the year I find myself saddened by the fact that those days were few and far between. Yes, I saw him everyday but that day was filled with continuous laptop work and phone calls and as soon as my husband came home, I was working until the early hours of the morning. Whether it was my office job or photography, things needed to get done. I had no choice, we needed to income. Especially if our plan for a bigger home would become a reality. Weekends? Forget about those! Weekends are usually meant for family time, you know, "Sunday-Funday!" But in reality, those consisted of daddy/son time while mom traveled for photoshoots. So where was this family time? Now that our son will be in daycare, weekends will be all I'll have. Working part-time during the day, running my hobby (which became a business) becoming a mom AND fulfilling that role and being a good wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend became increasingly difficult. If you didn't catch that, that is me wearing oh let's say six to eight hats..or more? Ain't nobody has time for that!
So here's the deal, I absolutely DO NOT hate what I do! I in no way want to convey that message. Photography is and will always be a passion of mine and my clients are responsible for my successes. You are all incredible and I'm forever thankful for all your kind words and encouragement. However, I always felt that a good work/life balance is an important part of a healthy life. With that being said, I have made the decision that for 2016 I will limit my services to Engagements, Weddings (10), Maternity and Boudoirs. If time allows, I will continue servicing my returning clients. This may or may not be a permanent change, but if I don't try, I will never know...
Thank you for being understanding!