This past year has been an amazing year full of moments both of pride and difficulty for me. Many things have happened recently that have made me rethink my life and business goals. Shelby graduated from college, commissioned as an officer in the Navy and moved thousands of miles away to Japan. Meg graduated from high school and is now attending Temple University in Philadelphia. Our home is now an empty nest. I booked less weddings this past year to give me the opportunity to spend more time with my girls and as a family before they headed off on their own adventures. I do not regret this decision one bit, and I am so thankful to my husband for making it even a possibility.
While all of these exciting things were happening, there were also some difficult and heartbreaking moments that happened too. My dad was diagnosed in late July with Stage 3A lung cancer, later finding out that it was really Stage 4 and had spread rapidly. I took as much time as I could from then on to be at my parents’ home in Massachusetts. I helped take them to doctor appointments and was able to spend some much-needed quality time with them, something that I unfortunately did not have as much time to do due to my commitments with weddings and other photography sessions. On September 25th, my dad started his first chemo and radiation therapy, and on September 26th, he passed away in my parents’ home suddenly. It all happened much sooner than any of us expected. To say it has thrown me for a loop is an understatement.
All of these things that have happened to my family and me within the past 6 months have helped me come to a decision that will benefit me as a wife, mother and daughter. I have decided to no longer photograph weddings. I genuinely love seeing the happiness, emotion and love that come with them and always will. However, it is time that I focus on being more present in my own family and friends’ moments.
I have three weddings left to photograph, and I am over the moon excited for them! After all, they are celebrating some truly special couples. From this day on, I will only be booking and photographing portrait sessions, engagement sessions and proposals. I am excited for this new chapter and will be referring my talented photographer friends to anyone who inquires about wedding photography. I am not giving up my career, I am just refocusing its direction.
I am so thankful for all of my wedding clients who have trusted in me to photograph one of the most important days of their lives over the past ten years. I’ve made so many wonderful friends and gotten to share in moments that have made me smile ear to ear, laugh lots and cry happy tears. I am one lucky woman to say the least.
Here’s to new adventures and good times with family and friends!
Cheers to new adventures!