It’s amazing what 8 minutes with my two boys and a camera can do. We stepped outside to take a break from work, recharge a bit, and get rid of some of Apollo’s energy. The light was absolutely perfect and I’d been dying to capture some of the fall color, I had to grab a camera. Everyday pictures with our professional cameras are few and far between and I’m so glad we took these! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, but it’s also our busiest time with senior portrait season wrapping up, babies being born, family portraits in full swing and weddings on weekends, there’s little to no time left for us.
Being our first full year with senior portraits, we had no idea how wildly successful we would be until it happened. And with that success came long days, longer nights and a completely booked calendar. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Our session goals for next year will be even higher but they will be with efficiency in mind. While we can certainly fill our calendar with sessions every hour on the hour, it’s only going to burn us out quicker. And that’s not good for anyone, let alone during flu and cold season!
One of the falsehoods of self employment is the belief that you can make your own schedule and take a day off at the drop of a hat. This may ring true in other businesses but certainly not in the photography industry! We’ve actually found the opposite to be true. That if we don’t schedule in time for hikes, apple picking or downtime, then it won’t happen. And it doesn’t, because it can’t.
I actually touched on this last year as well, when we took the time visit the pumpkin patch. In reflecting on that post, I realized we took a few steps in the right direction this year, but still have a lot of work to do before we strike a balance. While we’re still in the growth phase of our business, we realize that there are sacrifices that need to be made . Like accepting that we may not be able to schedule a 9 hour hike up a 46er and instead opting for a hike we can complete in the morning, allowing us to work in the afternoon. Playing in the leaves in the front yard and taking a quick walk as opposed to scheduling an all day outing that would take away an entire work day.
So in a couple of months, when we sit down to plan out our 2013, I will be scheduling time in our calendars for us. As a little family of three to take adventures, make plans with friends and enjoy the seasons. It may not be a lot of downtime, but it will definitely be worth it.
We’re already pumped for winter to be here! Skiing, snowboarding and ice skating, here we come! And we’re looking forward to bringing more Sunday Papers your way soon. Happy Sunday!