Anyone else excited for a new year? I love change, I crave it actually. I love starting over. Jan 1st and those days leading up to it, make me happy. 2015 was an AMAZING year. Really. I was beyond blessed in so many ways.
So let’s be honest. I was SCARED of the changes I was making in 2015 and was taking a big leap of faith. Except I didn’t have the faith. AT.ALL. I cried & I was worried. I knew in 2014 that I had to make a change. But being someone who loves change, this sort of change was super hard for me. 2014 was a great year as well, but I worked a lot. And hard. And I was a bad wife, bad friend, bad mother. I worked way more than I ever wanted to for my “part time” job. My “job” was to be taking care of my babies. And in 2014 – well I was so overwhelmed, that I truly do not remember much of it. It was in the fall, in the middle of the crazy busy season, that I knew I need to make some serious changes and I started to sit down and decide on what those would be. My heart has been and will always be for babies and kiddos. They make my heart oh.so. happy. And I decided I wanted to concentrate on those! I significantly raised my pricing (which absolutely terrified me) & I knew I would lose some clients. Seriously, I was terrified. I was talking to another photog friend (the fabulous Kelsi of Kelsi Rogers Photography) and I think she believed in me more than I did (and I am *SO* thankful for you!!).
Moral of the story: Being scared of all my changes ended up with me having my best year yet. And for that I’m so thankful. Don’t get me wrong – I still worried most of 2015 and questioned what I was doing, but it was definitely a step in the right direction for me.
So I have another set of goals and changes that I’ll be making for 2016. And it is this simple…
Babies & births will still be my main focus in 2016, along with kiddos and families. But this year, I’ll be limiting the amount of family sessions I’ll be taking.
Births – goodness I love them and I love all of the families that have been including me in their big day. It’s beyond an incredible blessing. And it has my heart 100% and more. And I’m so happy to say that I am booked from Jan-June for births. Last year, I really dipped my toes into the water to see how I could make this work, if I could even make it work, and I believe (hope) that with some of the changes I’m making, this will be possible!
Babies, babies, babies. I have quite a few on my books already and I’m *almost* booked up to June as well. If you are interested in scheduling a newborn session, make my planning little self happy and schedule early!
I will also be saying NO more in 2016. I know this doesn’t necessarily sound kind, but it it something I know I need to do! And I’ll be saying NO in more aspects of my life & not just my business. My kiddos are growing faster than I can even fathom and this fall I’ll have 2 officially in school. Which doesn’t leave me with a lot of time left to soak them up while at home! I will also be setting hours. My biggest fail of 2015 was working all the time. I know some might not think of it, but being a photographer is much more than just snapping a few pictures and editing them. Emails, culling, ordering, packaging, planning, scheduling, etc. There’s so much more to it and I’m one who doesn’t like to keep unfinished things on my plate. So I worked constantly & didn’t always make the best choices for me family. So this year, that’ll be changing.
So thank you to all of my clients that have asked me to be about of your story! You made 2015 amazing and I’m so excited (but still a little scared) for what 2016 will hold! I hope you make your 2016 amazing too!
XO – Andrea