You would think as a wedding photographer that I would dislike the winter because it’s not wedding season but actually, I tend to look forward to it near the end of wedding season. I was a crazy busy person in 2012. I hit the ground running with four weddings in January 2012 and didn’t stop until 23 weddings later. Not to mention all the senior photos, family sessions, engagements and boudoir sessions I had. It was the busiest year I’ve had yet and it was great. But I was an insane person toward the end of the season. I now understand why some wedding photographers have a certain amount of weddings they will book every year. It seems on average, between 15 and 20. Seeing as my business is relatively new, I wasn’t sure what that threshold for me was. 27 was too many with all the other things I have going on in photography as well. So in going forth, I am now only taking 20-22 per year.
You may think that that doesn’t sound like a lot but there is a lot of behind the scenes work that you don’t know about and see. I had crazy hours, just trying to get everything done within my time frame that I tell my clients. I ended up not able to do albums for most people until several months after their wedding, with a few exceptions. So in honor of good customer service, which I like to strive to provide, I think it best to not take on as much as I did last year. For my sanity and your overall good experience.
So now, I’m finishing up the few albums I still owe people, doing a couple winter bridal shows, meeting with clients and trying to prep my business for the upcoming busy season. It feels so odd to not be totally stressed and feeling like I have things looming over my head. Yesterday, I did a couple office things and then spent the day CLEANING MY HOUSE. You have no idea how good that felt. I haven’t been able to do more than surface clean in a long time. It gets me in the mood to do some painting and some home improvement and organization projects. Sounds weird, I know, but I actually am excited to work on these things because they have been nagging at the back of my mind for months. Call me crazy.
In addition, I do have daily work things that I want to accomplish. I would like to push my senior photo program this year but haven’t had time to work on it in the past. Now is the time. And I have some educational workshops that I have scheduled to complete online. I’m excited to learn more and to better my business. I’m cleaning out my equipment and selling things I no longer need. It feels like a freshening of my life and business! I’m excited to see what is to come in 2013.
It feels good to be getting back to me.