My blogging schedule says I’m supposed to write about the first half of my trip to Hawaii today, but I haven’t actually edited any of the photographs yet, so that’s clearly not happening.
June starts this week, which means I start shooting actual big weddings again and not just elopements. While “big weddings” have a season, elopements definitely don’t. I’m usually busy shooting them all year round. So this will be my last official wedding season, and it feels very bittersweet. It’s not that I think I made the wrong decision in choosing to give them up after this year – I definitely didn’t. Focusing on elopements (and only shooting Monday to Friday) is the right choice for me, my family, and my sanity. But I do still genuinely love big weddings, and I really want this last wedding season to be amazing – I plan to enjoy and savor each one and make some seriously spectacular art with all of my couples.
(Side note: I could not have picked better couples to end my “big wedding” career with – they are all so amazing, each wedding so different, and I’m crazy excited for each and every one.)
I was working on my 2013 calendar this morning (because it is already starting to fill up with elopements which is so awesome and so BANANAS!), and it was odd to look at it and see no big weddings on the schedule, for the first time in years. For a split second I had a business owner’s panic attack – I’ve got to get some weddings on the books! Oh no! And then I remembered… Oh, I don’t shoot those anymore. No need to panic.
I am SO unbelievably excited about just being an elopement photographer after this year, of rocking out that amazing, little niche. But it is at the expense of a wedding photography career that has been very good to me. I think the experience of shooting full fledged weddings has made me a better elopement photographer in every possible way. And I think there are things about big weddings that I will really miss.
So this is the beginning of the end of an amazing era in my life and the life of my business. I can’t wait to see what this final wedding season brings, and I think I’m going to be a giant crybaby at my last wedding on October 14th. (Sorry in advance, Alison & Ken.) In five short months I will officially close the chapter on wedding photography in my life, and then it will be all elopements, all the time. This business is ending up so far from where I expected it to go when I got started. But that’s been the story of my life from day one, I think, so it’s rather appropriate. This journey has been so fantastic, and I am more than ready for the next era of Katie Jane Photography.
Bring it, wedding season!