{my priorities} new jersey professional photographer

I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals, dreams, and priorities lately.  I’m at a point that I need to make a choice.  Do I want to be a mom who’s a professional photographer, or a professional photographer who is a mom?  I need to figure out what is going to come first.

I’ve done a lot of thinking.  My choice has been made.  Right now, I am going to be a mom first, and a photographer second.  My children are too young to be able to make photography a full time job.  With our family dynamic, our finances, etc., right now it is important for me to devote myself to my kids.

What does that mean for my work and my clients?  Well, nothing really.  It is more of an attitude adjustment on my part.  I’ve been really hard on myself because I see all of these amazing, successful photographers and I want to be amongst them.  I want to have a cute little cottage studio.  I want to have the option to travel around the world to shoot.  I want so much for my business and I’ve been beating myself up because I feel like I’m not moving towards that fast enough.  It hasn’t been happening because I am devoted to my family.  There is nothing wrong with that, in fact, it is also what I want.

So, right now I’ve really been doing photography part time.  I find a few hours a day to take or edit pictures.  I fit in sessions on the weekends or evenings and then edit like crazy to meet deadlines.  I average a handful of clients a month, not the 8 – 10 that is my goal.  So, instead of stretching myself thin and putting pressure on myself to make the business grow grow grow, I’m going to continue to accept clients coming in at the pace they are, and be happy with that.  I’m going to welcome referrals and work hard at offering amazing products and great service to my clients.  I’m going to watch my family grow and change, and when my kids are school age, I’ll take the business to the next level.

Right now, my camera isn’t going anywhere, but my kids are changing right before my eyes, and I don’t want to miss a minute of it.

1 comment
  • Well said, Meg! I feel much the same way yet I can relate to all of the back and forth feelings you’ve had. Ultimately, I always come back to wanting to be a mom first as well!