Firstly, I’d like to start off by thanking all of my clients, my friends and my family for a fabulous 2013! Words cannot express how grateful I am to have such wonderful people in my life. It was a year full of creativity, learning and restructuring from a business perspective! My main challenge last year was to attempt to find a happy medium with regards to work-life balance, while maintaining a successful business. And a challenge it proved to be…feeling torn from time to time.
While I have always loved my photography career and my clientele, there comes a time when I have to think about the best interests of my family and our futures. I knew it would soon be time for some changes and began looking at the potential of a different career for my future. The opportunity has presented itself a little sooner than I’d originally thought, as I have recently been offered and have accepted a full-time contract position with the AMDSB. Now the changes with my business begin.
I recognize and appreciate that have commitments to uphold to wedding client contracts, previously booked sessions and clients holding gift certificates, but I have decided on a restructure for the duration of 2014. While I would love to continue to photograph everything that I have in previous years, I feel that it’s just not possible to do this while working elsewhere full-time. Running a photography business isn’t just time spent with fabulous people, capturing the images…it’s the editing and the daily activities of maintaining a business that takes a lot of my time.
I’m taking a little break from some aspects of my business and will revisit these decisions later in the year, adjusting for 2015. I know some of this will come as a surprise and I apologize for any inconvenience. I feel the need to make these adjustments to ensure that I am able to provide great service and quality of images to my clients.
So, here’s the scoop.
Hours of Operation – By appointment, I am available for certain types of sessions (see below) on evenings and weekends only.
Newborn & Maternity – I will continue to accept bookings for newborn & maternity sessions. I love my natural light studio and have invested a lot in setting up a space for these sessions. Please ensure that you are contacting me well in advance with your due date, so that I can ensure to leave adequate availability to capture baby in early life.
Boudoir – I will continue to accept bookings for boudoir sessions. Again, I have set up my natural light studio to capture beautiful images of beautiful people. Please book your session at least 6 weeks in advance.
Weddings – I will be photographing engagement sessions and weddings that have already been booked. I will not be taking wedding bookings for 2015 at this point. I will revisit this decision in September and will ensure to update the wedding photography booking status at that time.
Families & Lifestyle - I will only be photographing family & lifestyle sessions that are currently booked and will accept bookings for those currently holding gift certificates. I will not be taking new bookings for family sessions for the remainder of 2014.
Mini-Session Specials – I haven’t yet decided on whether I will be offering mini-sessions and if I do, it will be at least autumn before I run my first special.
Gift Certificates – While I will be honouring any outstanding gift certificates, the only certificates available for sale at this point are those for maternity, newborn, early life and boudoir sessions.
Thank you once again for all of your support throughout the years. I am unsure of what 2015 will bring, as the position I have accepted with the board is a one-year contract, but I will be sure to post updates here on the blog and on my facebook page. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Love & Smiles, Darlene