To my dear clients-turned-friends:
Thank you so very much for inviting me into your lives for the last seven beautiful years. It has been a wonderful ride. It sincerely means so much to me that you’ve trusted me to document your family memories and/or to help you learn to photograph your own children as well.
Due to some health concerns, my daily life will look very different this year. I’m no longer teaching or leasing a studio space. We’ve also made the difficult decision to end our homeschooling journey, and our children are starting at their new schools on Monday. It is definitely the right choice for our family at this time, but it sure is hard to make such a drastic change!
This new plan for their education has me in a difficult position. In all honesty, I just can’t keep running off to work every weekend & evening. My kids need their mother home when they are! I need time to slow down and be a family. The atypical hours have always been difficult, but now… it’s just impossible. It has to end.
Because I can’t bring myself to completely say goodbye to photographing your precious children forever, I’m taking appointments ONLY on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10am. Perhaps during school breaks in the summer and over the holidays, I can do an occasional Saturday session for previous clients only. Other than those times, I’m completely unavailable at least for this year.
I know this will make it impossible for some of you to continue working with me, and I’ll miss you all so very much. It feels like saying goodbye to very dear friends, and I’m so sad for that. I hope you will stay in touch.
I hope it helps you to know that I have some very kind, talented people to recommend to you. For starters, check out my amazing friend Kelly Garvey! I promise, you will love her as much as I do. She is a truly wonderful person who loves children, and she is also internationally recognized for her work! She’s moved from Cypress to Katy, and if you tell her I sent you, she will take amazing care of you.
I leave you with a quote from an article called “The Spiritual Art of Saying No” by Courtney E. Martin that a friend sent my way last week. I highly recommend reading the entire thing, but the closing is perfect for me to borrow here:
“You say no so you can say yes. It’s sad in the way that all limitations are, but also liberating. You are human and finite and precious and fumbling. This is your one chance to spend your gifts, your attention, most importantly your love, on the things that matter most. Don’t screw it up by being sentimental about what could have been or delusional about your own capacity. Have the grace to acknowledge your own priorities. Prune and survive.”
The peace of Christ be with you always,