A few weeks ago, I went out with Ashley’s family and photographed them so that I could have fresh photos for my mini session campaign. The photo shoot went really well, we got some super cute shots, and I whipped up some cards to send in the mail with information about Christmas mini sessions. Once I got the cards and mailed them out, I almost immediately wished I hadn’t sent them. I was feeling overwhelmed by life and wasn’t sure I was up for mini sessions this year. But I shrugged it off, thinking that I’d be feeling better in a few weeks, and my fall season could continue as scheduled.
The problem is, I didn’t start feeling better.
After I sent out the cards, I thought, ‘Well maybe no one will respond.’ And for the first time ever, I secretly hoped that was what would happen. I will write more about this soon, but the bottom line is that I’m physically and emotionally burned out. As Jake and I have been talking and praying, we both feel that for at least the rest of this year I need to focus on more on rest and recuperation and less on photography. I had already turned down multiple opportunities for this fall/winter (which was hard!), because I knew that was what God was telling me to do. But I hung onto a little bit of hope that I would start feeling well enough to schedule mini sessions. Almost two weeks have gone by, and you know what? No one has responded to the cards I mailed. For the first time in my career, this did not make me feel like a failure! It was liberating. So, after praying and talking with Jake, I’ve decided not to host mini sessions this year.
I feel simultaneously relieved and like I’m letting people down, but I know that this is the right thing for right now. I do have several regular shoots on the books in the next several weeks that I’m excited about, and I feel that I will be able to serve those families better without the added stress of the mini sessions. I will also not be taking any more sessions through the end of this year. Thank you so much for understanding, I am so blessed by all of my wonderful clients!
Here is the front of the cute card that I sent out. I’ll share the rest of the Shucks’ session on the blog soon!