Update about Mini Sessions

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!

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