The year was 2019, it was a busy fall season and I had just invested a lot of my hard earned cash into marketing myself as strictly an in home documentary photographer. You should see the stacks of beautiful postcards and flyers I ordered! The problem is, no one ever saw them. 2020 happened. We all know what that means. The irony of it!
You see, 2018 and 2019 were incredibly rainy autumns. It even rained once during an outside family session when it wasn't even on the radar! My camera and lens got wet. On top of that, the sweet family who had just dressed up, come from a hair blow out and made it on time for their session then had to come back the next day to do it all over again.
This also meant rescheduling other clients constantly due to the inclement weather. It was a disaster and I was so over it! I thought, wouldn't it be amazing to have control over my climate, shoot in client's cozy homes and have more control over my schedule? Plus, families are always so much less stressed in their own homes. They don't have to rush to be on time somewhere, toddlers have all of their favorite toys and snacks with them and the temperature is right where it should be. I was going to work hard at marketing clients who wanted the same style!
2020 happened. Pandemic, loss of employment or pay cuts for many; not knowing our futures. Fall 2020 was my slowest season ever. Many people couldn't justify the cost of family photos as a necessity. The entire year was incredibly slow, my worst year since opening in 2016!
You may be saying at this time - GET TO THE POINT SARAH. Okay, I am getting there, promise.
I am finally back to doing in home sessions, I am vaccinated, boostered, wear my KN95. I trust in my clients that they are also being as safe as they can be leading up to their sessions. My social circle is SMALL. I homeschool our 10 year old (we have since kindergarten, this wasn't a Covid choice) and we get our groceries delivered. We are still not traveling, man I miss traveling. If I know I've had any exposure to any illness, I let my clients know immediately and they are so kind to do the same for me.
As 2021 was wrapping up I had SIX in home newborn sessions, all felt incredibly safe. I'm looking forward to booking more 2022 babies this year for those who feel comfortable with sessions in their homes. I would love to book for in home family sessions again as well. If you feel safe, are expecting or know someone who is and would be a great fit for a low-stress, beautiful in home newborn photography session then please send them my way. I would be truly honored to capture their sweet moments. I also REALLY miss in home family sessions, winter is a fantastic time of year to snuggle up or bake something yummy. So if you're ready to book and curious click below!
Sarah loves creative and editorial writing. She has a Bachelor's in Writing & Literature from Saint Joseph's College. She is always looking for new ways to express her voice and creative mind!