So, the secret is out, I have decided to start a wee photography business; slowly and organically of course. It is not the first time I have considered something like this, it has been on the radar for sometime now. I have been asked numerous times if I would be interested in taking family photos for friends, but have rarely said yes. The truth is, it is the business plan that makes me feel most vulnerable. I have backed away from that nervous pang in my belly whenever I thought about putting myself out there like that. So, as a big fan of vulnerability for the greater good, I have decided that something that both enlivens and frightens me is something worth trying. The only way to get past the unease is to step into and move through it.
I really am just a girl with a camera, but photography is something I have always loved. Other crafts and hobbies come and go, but I always return to my camera, just as I always return to writing. When I am doing anything; anything at all, I think about how I would frame it and how I would write it. I guess that makes me a photographer and a writer, if I may be so bold. I have grown as both and don’t intend to ever stop developing new skills.
I was hoping that Dancing Rabbit Daycare would be fulfilling while also bringing in some extra money, but the truth is, I need to do something more creative and,well, adult. I need to make pretty things. I knew it in my gut, but thought it was worth a try. It has been really wonderful for our kids and for my own personal growth, but it will be ending within the next couple of months and I have decided that my photography will be the next chapter in my quest for self- fulfillment while still being an attentive and focused stay at home mama. It will allow for more flexibility so we can join our fellow homeschoolers in gatherings such as this.
I will spend the fall and winter months building a portfolio of sorts (with shoots such as this one with the kind folks of Bedrock + Brambles); playing and perfecting; acquiring necessary tools and basic props; and creating secure and crisp online galleries (I apologize for the lack of crispness in the current photos and galleries). I will also be tweaking (not switching) the current website, creating a price list, and defining my style and offerings in the process. Come spring I will be ready and prepared to take it all on.
I will be offering candid and casual family, children, maternity, newborn, and pet portraits paired with natural light and beautiful scenery or backgrounds. I would also be interested in doing product shots of art and handmade items and photos for small businesses, from farms to jewelry, for online promotion. I have plans to create a simple and small in-home studio useful for newborn sessions as well as pet portraits and product photography,etc. I also love the idea of shooting on location and capturing the artist, family, farmer, or pet at work and play in their own element.
I would love to hear from you. Have you had a positive/negative experience with a family photographer? What made it great or not so great. What do you do with your family and pet portraits? Do you print them? Give them as gifts? Would birth announcements, canvases, over sized prints, and other specialty offers be of interest to you? Have you ever thought of having professional photos taken for your small business or farm promotion?
Feel free to leave a comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts or if you are interested in your own photo session.
go gently + be wonderful