Posted by Mindy Shamp on
Hi friends and blog readers. I have some news to share with you, but I wanted to start this post with a fun photo of our Ri-guy. Mainly because this post has a lot to do with him, and of course because he’s so darn cute. Right? He loves when we put our hats on his head and any chance he gets to cruise around beyond normal crawl speed is pretty exciting. So here is our Riley Boone running to say hello to you. Now, onto our news.
To get straight to the point (because I tend to write a lot, but for the skimmers I don’t want you to miss it), we are no longer booking photo sessions. This wasn’t something we really planned before Riley came along, though I did intend to take a nice break from our business. Having this break and time with him though, it’s opened my eyes to a lot of things. There are two big reasons, along with many smaller ones, why we are no longer officially shooting. The biggest one being I want to enjoy photography like I used to. The risk you take when running a business that spun off from a very passionate hobby is, often times it starts to feel more like work than something you enjoy. That’s been the case for the past three years for me personally. Each year it weighs a little more heavily on my heart.
Now listen…I love, love love photography. I’ve enjoyed documenting so much of your lives, and our own lives, before and after Riley, and have photo books and photo boxes and albums and extensive wall collages and digital files on a number of hard drives you might find hard to believe. I love that being in this business has connected us with so many other photographers who are incredibly talented and wonderful people. I love hiring those people to take photos of us, and our house is filled with those gorgeous images along with our own. And thankfully since I’ve been running this business and understand “why photographers charge so much,” I’m happy to pay these talented people what they deserve. This whole movement to get moms in photos with their families instead of behind the camera all the time? No problem here - we’re a well-documented family as a whole, and I’m so proud of that. And I love photographing us too.
What I do not love is the business side of things. That’s true for many - do a bit of googling on the statistics of successful photography businesses if you’re interested. A whopping majority of them fail. 85% in the first three years, I’ve read. Three out of five don’t make it to their fifth year, another study finds. For various reasons of course, but I don’t consider ours a failing business. We have such a wonderful group of clients and people who have supported us since I started shooting in 2006. We still have people requesting sessions as soon as we’re ready to start shooting again. I’m a little sad to tell those folks that we’re no longer booking sessions.
If we do get back to shooting, it’s going to be years from now when Riley is older and in school, and on a very limited part-time basis. He’s reason number two. I’m so lucky to be able to stay home with him and focus on only that. I know many photographers who multi-task extremely well. Many of them with a child or several children at home, and I marvel at how well they stay organized and keep on shooting. I’m perfectly okay with the fact that that is not who I am. I cannot be the best mom and wife I can be while trying to run a photography business at the same time. The best thing is, I realize this. Even better, most of our clients understand this.
That’s it you guys. The big news. I’m a little sad to say it publicly, but quite a bit relieved. If you’d like to keep up with us as a family, I’ll be posting images occasionally. Whether it’s here or on a separate blog, I haven’t decided. I’ll be honest and say that on occasion we’ll shoot some very casual images for close friends and family, and those images may end up here as well. Those photos though, they will be strictly for fun. Probably using the new gift economy pricing model that we never publicly unveiled because well, we just didn’t get there. I ran out of juice on the business end, y’all. We’re getting back to the basics. The fun stuff. Refilling the creative juices? Okay that just sounds weird. And now I want some pineapple juice. If you have any questions or would like any referrals, please let us know. Just know that we don’t do cheap, and anyone we’re willing to recommend is going to be worth whatever they’re asking. We promise.
We love you guys. Thank you for supporting us, in every way, all of these years.