If you read my blog just for the pictures (which, frankly, I kind of hope is the case, seeing as how this is my photography blog) but care little of my personal life, you may want to stop reading now because this one is mostly just words. Although I WILL throw in a couple pictures at the end, for good measure!
This is a post that could alternately be titled, "Things Katie Planned for Her Life/Job that God Laughed At And Then Fixed." And it begins with the reason why, when people would recently ask if Summer 2015 was all booked up with weddings, I would make a cringe face, mumble something unintelligible, and then go sulk in a corner.
Let's start with this: as of this June, I've been photographing people for six years. The first year (while living in eastern NFLD) was full of online workshops, tutorials, and classes, and also full of free photo sessions, as I worked to learn my gear, my style, my processing, and some sort of business sense. A little over a year later I began charging for my work, and within 2 months of being in business I had photographed my first (paid) newborn session. More newborns and maternity sessions followed, and while I loved photographing pretty much everything…those were absolutely my favourite. I remember saying to J very early on that if I ever specialized in one area, it would absolutely be maternity/birth/newborn. Weddings were far from my mind, because by the time I felt prepared to cover a wedding, we knew we would be transferred to a new posting the following summer. The year we moved to Nain, Labrador, I had to turn down thirteen summer weddings in St. John's and Fredericton.
I didn't start accepting bookings for weddings until we were reposted again, two years later (summer 2013), to Moncton, NB. Summers 2013 and 2014 were both very busy with weddings, and felt especially long because in Summer 2013 I was very pregnant, and in Summer 2014 I was still nursing an almost-1-year-old. But I loved weddings. I love being part of what is one of the happiest days of a person's life, and getting the opportunity to capture every moment, the big ones and the little ones. And I was very much looking forward to the 2015 season…even though many of my wedding weren't going to be until between late August-December. Because it would be first Wedding season where I wouldn't be either pregnant, or breastfeeding.
Fast forward to early February of this year. In the words of my friend Charlene, "PA-PRISE!" As it turns out, I hadn't had the flu for the last three weeks…instead, it seems Baby Hawk 3.0 has taken up residence inside my belly! Something I've never EVER wanted to do is have to contact a bride to back out of a wedding. So I was SUPER EXCITED (but not really) to have to do that not once, but FIVE times. In a row. And then (the icing on the cake) turn down three more weddings the following week. Maybe I could've shot weddings at 8 months pregnant and everything would've turned out just fine: I've shot engagements and maternity sessions while being that pregnant before. But obviously I (and the bride and groom!) can't risk the possibility of me ended up on bed rest the week before a wedding, and throwing a wrench in everything.
So. This was me: very excited about this new little life inside me, but incredibly down about losing so much work, and disappointing so many people (one of my least favourite things to do…). I sulked for a couple weeks, annoyed my husband to no end with my complaints, and then finally got over it. And here's what happened: a tidal wave of bookings, EVERY one of them being either maternity or newborn, or both. Another lovely example of, "Funny Things That Happen When Katie Thinks She's in Control of Her Life."
I still adore weddings. And I'll probably always cover weddings. But I am so, so excited to be filling my calendar with newborn sessions. So excited, in fact, that I want to create a whole separate branch of my business for my newborn and maternity sessions, and give it it's own name. But J says that's just silly ;)
So here's the moral of the story: sometimes when God closes a door... he opens a window (you've never heard that before. I made it up totally by myself, right now! Smart, huh?!) But seriously.
Now here are some newborn images so you can further understand why I love this area of my job so very much :) Happy 2015!