I always work like a mad woman doing photoshoots and designing Christmas cards from September – December, because that’s when everyone wants family pictures! And I really kinda like that crazy pace. Then last year I got a wake up call and realized that I needed to slow down a little… for my health and sanity! And I thought I did. I didn’t take quite as many shoots and didn’t work as far into December. But then I got really sick at the end of the year and realized that I hadn’t slowed down enough. My body was so worn down!
Now I’m a whole year wiser though. And I totally know better! Okay, actually Anderson told me I better not do that again this fall. 😉
So… if you’re thinking about doing a family session for your Christmas cards this fall (or just because) let’s talk soon! I’m already booking into September, and the dates I have available will fill up very fast this year. I hate turning people away, but I had to do it last year and anticipate a repeat of that this fall. Don’t be the person I have to say “no” to, because I might cry! And nobody wants to see that. 🙂 I do a reminder post like this almost every year, and book up completely shortly after!
This picture is pretty much unrelated to the post. Except that it ties in the whole “listening to Anderson” thing. He’s been telling me for years that I should take on some corporate clients and do head-shots. He has worked for several companies who bring in photographers a few times a year for this type of work, and they make ridiculous money. (Like 4x what I charge!) But for years I’ve been saying, “Heck no.” I did that one time. White backdrop, lights, off-camera flash. The whole deal. And I hated it so much. It just wasn’t fun. (The clients were awesome! Just not the work.) So I turned down every similar opportunity that came up ever since then. Until Whitney called. She’s a client who’s family I’ve worked with a lot. And I really, really like her. She told me she wanted to bring me in for “not stuffy” head-shots and even had the idea to use her company’s warehouse as a backdrop. I talked to Anderson, and of course he told me to do it. So I did. And it’s been an amazing experience. For me. Hopefully for them too. 🙂 From now on, I vow to listen to my husband… a little more.
PS – Thanks for the pic, Whitney!