There are times in every photographer’s journey where burnout becomes the greatest enemy of growth. In between paying monthly website fees (which are no joke!), doing all the marketing, meeting with potential clients, meeting with current clients, completing album designs, doing custom drawings, maintaining equipment, answering emails, updating websites, creating educational content, and finding time to get some much-needed relaxation, it can all starts to feel like one giant, unfocused mush of productivity. Slowly the prospect of “running a business” loses the glamour under the weight of unrelenting responsibility.
And of course, we love what we do! We love making clients smile, and exceeding expectations, and even answering emails. We love taking hold of something in life, knowing that through our own effort (and maybe some divine blessing), we created something that actually works! Yet, every once in a while we just need a break from business to do something fun with our art. To experience photographer like when we first started, where you were planning sessions with your friends as models. Where it didn’t matter if you failed because no one was paying anybody.
So, when opportunities to just have some fun come up, I’ve learned to take them. Thus enters Sabrina (my cousin) & Steven (not my cousin). As I and my extended family were all spending some quality time on our Grandmama’s hay bails (a staple family activity), I overheard Sabrina mention that she’d been really wanting to get some pictures done of her and Steven. My heart leaped at the chance! And because I didn’t get paid a dime to do it, it was one of the most refreshing sessions I’ve had in years.