State of the Business Address

Tap…tap…tap. Is this thing on? Hi friends! (And family? Mom? Are you still reading?) I just thought I’d write a quick post to mention a few things about the state of my photography business and thus the direction of this blog. You may recall, I announced at the beginning of 2013 that Chris was stepping out of his position as my second shooter. At that time I also decided to only book smaller weddings since I was starting to feel the strain of working seven days a week most of the year. Alas, even smaller weddings, events, and a few portrait and commercial clients still kept me quite busy! With two jobs, I worked more weekends than I was comfortable doing. So in order to simplify things, I am now only working as a second-shooter for other photographers as needed so that I can spend the rest of my free time with Chris, travel more, and to do lots of projects around the house. I consider this step a really positive thing! I have been incredibly fortunate to run a successful business for six years, and while the amount of work was exhausting, the experience is priceless and so worth the time and effort. I learned exactly what it takes to own a small business, and about all the cogs and gears behind the scenes that make it work. And who knows? Maybe someday I’ll pick the business back up, or perhaps apply the knowledge towards another business altogether.

So where does that leave the blog? Well, I started blogging aimlessly waaay back in 2003 on Blogger. (Side note: I think I accidentally deleted that whole blog?! Thankfully I had already saved the content as PDF files on my computer, in case I want to recall what I ate for lunch on April 17, 2004.) Then in 2008 when I decided to start up a photography business, I transitioned my blogging to business-related topics and posts about my fantastic clients’ weddings, portraits, birthday parties, etc. So I think now I’ll just come full-circle and go back to blogging aimlessly, mostly about travel, house projects, and cooking adventures. In any case, I’m recommitting to blogging more regularly and my goal is to post new content at least once a week on Mondays. (“And on Wednesdays, we wear pink.”)

And here’s photo evidence that I’m probably meant to write in some capacity. I enjoy blogging, it’s a creative outlet for me, and writing has obviously been a natural inclination of mine ever since I was in diapers:


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  • Alvin - At last, I found the post that provides answers all of my questions. Susan I want to say I’m happy you’ve decided to take some much deserve time to yourself and of all people you deserve it. Thanks for your kindness and sincere feedback in answering my questions about photography. I know you won’t remember me because it’s many years (five years) ago that I ask for assistance via email and you quickly responded when you didn’t have to. Thanks for being my inspiration and motivation for my many projects.

    I’m always admiring your exceptional work and from time to time I return for inspiration!! Enjoy your travels Susan.

    Thanks for being a true professional and a MASTER in your craft.


  • Susan - Alvin, thank you so much for the incredibly kind words! Your comment made my day. It’s mind-blowing to me that I inspired you in any way, but thank you again for saying so!ReplyCancel

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