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I'm so happy to almost be done with all of last year's clients ordering their pictures. I took Dec-March off to refocus and recenter. It's been good for me. I've done a lot of soul searching. It's been tiring doing pictures because I have to, not because I want to. It's been nice playing with my camera again this week and experimenting again. I even took the time to make a new watermark brush for 2008. I think it will help me later remember what year I did the picture and also I hated my old watermark. I like the font I've used for my website, but it doesn't work well for a watermark.
I've also been taking this time to find a few new favorite photographers to stalk and also to learn some new tecniques. I got a reflector that I'm going to start playing around with and learning to use... yay!
Anyway... I was asked to be on a committee for putting together the midwest areas 3 1/2 day workshop. My job is to help with planning and with helping to get teachers, location, hotel, etc. It sounds like we might go with my location suggestion, which is only about 15-20 miles from my home.
When we got together the first night to talk about the planning and date there was some conversation and someone brought up the phrase, "Mom with a camera". Or more popularly known as MWAC. It stung me a little to hear it, and I wasn't sure why, until I really took a deep look at myself. I'm a MWAC.
I talked to my husband about this and my decision to actually take a couple of years off of photography. I know it's what I want to do. I know that I will continue for the next couple of years to reach and to grow and to find my true syle. I'll be taking workshops and classes, maybe even some business financial classes.
What it comes down to is if I'm not willing to fork out the money for an insurance plan to cover my equipment or if someone gets hurt by my equipment, or if I'm not willing to fork out the dough to an attorney to make sure my contracts are good for the state I live in, and if I'm not willing to go down to City Hall and get a licence to do business... (I have to do ALL of these things, I'm only willing to do one right now).... then in all honesty, I am just a MWIC and maybe a little bit of talent.
I've greatly increased my session fees on my website in hopes that only a few serious people will be calling me for sessions, and I'm ok with that, because I need to have new models every once in a while. I have one wedding booked for June, so I'm not stressing any new jobs at the moment. It's a good time for me to get back to taking pictures for me.
So... now I'm off to enjoy my camera and find myself.