It’s funny how things turn out, how they come full circle. I am constantly surprised by what I find myself drawn to when it comes to my work – the types of weddings, the personal projects, the style. When I got into this business I said I would NEVER be a wedding photographer. I only wanted to be a portrait photographer. Not because I didn’t love wedding photography – but because I didn’t think I had it in me to be a wedding photographer.
Wedding photography is not for the meek – you have to be a portrait photographer, a documentary photographer, a food photographer, an architectural photographer. And you have to do it all under the pressure of a wedding day. Most likely without a break. (Or maybe some people take breaks. Maybe I’m just insane for not really taking breaks.) And usually on very little food. You kind of have to be a warrior. (And those of you who shoot weddings AND still have a full time job – hats off to you my friends. You are rockstars.) It is hard, it is sometimes grueling… it is also INCREDIBLY rewarding and crazy fun. (Especially the part where I am on your dance floor with you – shaking it while I take photos of you and your friends shaking it too. I love that part.)
It is so fulfilling knowing that someday your grandchild will look through an album and see a photograph I took of you… on your wedding day so long ago. Wedding photographs last forever. I love knowing my work will stay in a family for generations.
But here’s the thing… while I am spending my weekends shooting weddings, I’m missing something really important: time with my husband. We both work ridiculously long hours, and I am usually gone at least half of every weekend (sometimes the whole weekend for weddings out of town). And I’m not complaining – I know what I signed up for and I have loved every single second. But I think my priorities are changing a little bit. I want to be able to shoot weddings AND work mostly Monday to Friday. Wait… how does that work?!
And so I find myself coming back to my roots. Elopements and intimate weddings. They have been my bread and butter, my Monday to Friday gig. I love them so much. They are kind of perfect for me, for the lifestyle I want to live. I am consistently booked with elopements, with new inquiries coming in just about every single day. I thought they were a stepping stone – a little stop on the road to my wedding photography career. And now – immersed in the big weddings I dreamed of – I have realized that they weren’t just a stepping stone. Elopements were more than that. And I’ve decided to go back to focusing full time on them.
So starting next year, I am only going to take ten to twelve big weddings a year (meaning weddings with 50 people or more), and the rest of my schedule will hopefully fill up with elopements and intimate weddings on weekdays. I love weddings of all shapes and sizes, and I am incredibly passionate about what I do, but I want more balance in my life. I want to spend more time with my husband. I want more time to work on personal projects.
I love my wedding clients – ALL my wedding clients, big and small. I have some seriously incredible weddings next year in some AWESOME locations. (For example, UTAH! You GUYS! How cool is that?!) And I want to keep my wedding clients, make no mistake. I could NEVER give up big weddings altogether – I love them way too much. I get such a rush from being a wedding photographer. But taking fewer big weddings means more time to devote to each of those clients. I get more time with my husband, and my ten big wedding clients a year get a more personal photography experience. And elopements take up my Monday to Friday. I think this is what is going to ultimately work for me. I can finally have the type of business I’ve envisioned all along.
So that is where this business is going next year, and I just wanted you all to know. I really don’t think too much will change except that instead of shooting 30 huge weddings a year and being gone every weekend, I’ll be shooting 10 big weddings a year and many more elopements. I hope you’ll continue to follow along, to support my business, to be a part of the journey. Because I would be nothing without my clients, friends, and family. And believe me when I say I am aware of that fact every. single. day. I wake up every morning thankful that I get to work with such amazing people.
I also have some other news which is somewhat related – this blog is getting a MAJOR facelift. I have hired the INCREDIBLE Super Runaway to redesign the blog for me, and we’re in the midst of that process now. It is going to be so so awesome. They have been so fantastic to work with so far, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with.
Thank you to all my friends, family, clients, and supporters. To everyone who has cheered me on as this business grew from something so tiny to something so huge. I still can’t believe that I get to wake up everyday and take photographs FOR A LIVING. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN!?!? I am crazy lucky. Thanks for your continued support as I enter the next phase of my career. I can’t wait to see where this path leads me!!