And since the end is in sight, it’s time to start thinking more seriously about life after photography. I’ve prayed a lot and still firmly believe that I should not do photography full-time next year. It’s an odd feeling because I’ve been a full time photographer for 4 years now, and I’ve gotten very used to the self-employed lifestyle. I love working from home. I love choosing my clients. I love being able to stay in my sweats until 3pm if I want to. I love that I can go grocery shopping at 10am on a Wednesday. There’s a lot I really love about this job.
But I won’t miss working 50-60 hour weeks May-October. I won’t miss the nightmare of taxes and bookkeeping. I won’t miss being glued to my computer screen, constantly answering client emails. I won’t miss the sudden urge to throw my computer out the window while I’m editing photos because Lightroom froze, again. And I certainly I won’t miss having to apologize to David because I’ve been so dang busy that we haven’t had a chance to go on that hike we’ve been meaning to. Nope, I won’t miss any of that.
So I’m keeping my eyes and my heart open to the possibilities that lie ahead.
I’m trying very hard to keep an open mind and not box myself into something. I’ve got my spiritual antennas up and I’m just waiting to receive some sort of signal from God. I want Him to lead me to the place He has chosen for me. I want to willingly and joyfully follow Him into whatever He has planned. I won’t lie, I’m scared. But I know this is what I’m supposed to do. I’m in the midst of finally reading The Wild Goose Chase, which is what got me started on this whole career switch thing to begin with. I’m excited for what God has been revealing to me through this book.
At this point, all I know is that I’d like to work part-time and I’d like to help people. Beyond that, I have no clue. Maybe I’ll work in a non-profit, or a church, or in a hospital. Who knows! I will keep doing photography on a very limited basis. I’ve worked too hard to build this business up to where it is to just shut it down completely. But next summer will look a lot different. I’m aiming to shoot less than 10 weddings, hopefully work part-time somewhere else and spend the rest of my time where I belong…playing in the mountains with my wonderful husband! I can’t wait!!!!