I wanted to share with you some important decisions I’ve made this week regarding my business. I thought that if I write them publicly then I have to stick to them! I finished my maternity leave in February after having baby Sam, and since then I have been so busy shooting and with my photography workshops. I did 11 shoots and 2 workshops all in the space of 5 weeks! I now realise that on top of being a full-time mum to my 2 boys, this was just too much. My work life balance has gone out of the window and I’ve been working every night, sometimes into the early hours, so that I can keep on top of all of the editing, orders, emails and admin. I’ve hardly said two words to my poor hubby recently! It’s my own fault that I’ve got so much on, as I am sooo bad at saying no! I just can’t stand turning business away. I love what I do so much, and have put a lot of time and effort into building my business, that it just feels completely wrong to say no to shoots and lovely new clients.
So why am I telling you this? Well I need to do something to address the balance in my life and get some time back for me and my family. It can’t be healthy to do 12 hours of looking after a toddler and baby, then work all evening! It’s amazing that my business is where it is at, but a wise person pointed out recently, that my business will still be there in 2 years, but I’ll never get these years back with my boys. I know I could always get more childcare, but that’s not why I started the business. I wanted to do it so I could do a job I love, but also be there for my children.
So my decision is that I am going to take on an absolute maximum of 5 shoots per month from July onwards (I normally do around 8). This will mean that my sessions will book up quickly and you need to be booking at least 3 months in advance. My next available sessions are 1st July onwards. I will also still be running around 4-5 photography workshops each year on top of this. I won’t be taking any headshot bookings over the summer as with this limited number of sessions, I need to keep them for my family shoots. I can only do headshots if it is part of a family shoot or a larger corporate session. I hope you understand!
So fingers crossed this new way of working will mean that I will have a little more balance in my life, can spend more quality time with my family, and still offer the bespoke, personal service that my clients love. In the meantime, please bear with me if I don’t reply to emails or calls with the speed I usually do!
And as I can never post without a picture, here is a snap I took of my mum singing to Sam in the garden on Wednesday. I love the way he’s looking at her!