This is usually my “professional” page and I don’t get too personal. But I have spent a lot of time thinking about where I am going with my photography journey lately, and I had an important breakthrough today. I spent some time with this cute girl today in her hospital room. She is a feisty, sweet, wonderful five-year-old girl who has been through more trials in her short life than most of us will ever know.
I learn so much from her, and even more from her parents. I got this snapshot today while little Maddie needed to be held and my dear friend explained to her about a procedure she would endure later in the day. She was frightened and it was a tender moment.
As I looked at the picture later, I didn’t see the lack of light and contrast or the grain. (Though I did wish I had my nice camera instead of just a phone so I could create something beautiful for her). I saw my best friend being a wonderful mother. And I was so happy I was there to document that moment. It brought me great joy to capture it for them. I’ve spent a lot of time in past weeks talking to Hubby about the joy it brings me to “capture” and the stress I experience when I try to pose. I started this journey to learn how to make those little captured moments truly beautiful. I have decided it isn’t my “thing” to do posed shots. So, I have finally decided to change my business. I have agonized over this decision because I have truly enjoyed the people I work with. But I am a “lifestyle photographer” rather than a portrait one. I am no longer taking clients for portrait sessions. If you want to hang out at the park and have me catch you and your family “in the act,” I am more than happy to do it. In fact, I would really love to. But no more posed portrait sessions for me. In scaling back my life to be the anchor in my home that I need to be, I have decided I have to keep my hobbies to things I truly love. There just isn’t enough time for the rest. Another lesson learned from dear little Maddie girl today.