The blog has gotten pretty neglected here lately, mostly because I’ve been working like crazy on the business side of my business and also because I had my 2nd baby girl 13 weeks ago. Life has been pretty crazy, but I’m slowing getting the hang of it again. Running a small business is not something that comes natural to me. In fact, it’s been frustratingly overwhelming and, most of the time, I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. A few months back I decided I really wanted this business to grow and prosper, so I read several business and marketing books, got some training from a fabulous photographer and business savvy woman, Leah Remillet, as well as started having “business meetings” with my hubby to get his input and ideas (he’s a marketing undergrad and has an MBA. Can I say goldmine?!) and together, we started to come up with a plan for some major changes. You might have noticed some of these changes around the site, but today I want to make it official that yes, things have changed, and yes, things will continue to change as I learn the ins and outs of making my dream a reality, all while trying not to neglect my first priority, my family. That has been the hardest part. I can and have worked into the wee hours of the morning only to get a couple hours of sleep before my little ones wake up for the day. Trying to find the balance between my business and raising my girls has been difficult, but I am learning what does and doesn’t work for us. For instance, trying to edit images while my toddler is awake does NOT work. :) So, I had to make a decision to do all editing while she is napping or down for the night. That goes for business calls too. Nothing like a whining baby in the background to make me sound super professional, right?! :) This way she doesn’t feel neglected, I don’t get frustrated, and I have some good, focused time to get things done. Clients, don’t worry, I am always available via email or text and can respond a lot sooner through these methods of communication.
If you’ve stuck around after reading the above ‘novel’, thank you! I will now get to fun stuff — a few shots of my newest princess, Nora Jane at 10 days old :) And get ready for a blog overload because I have lots of sessions to come in the following weeks!