Hello Blog World! It has been way too long since I wrote a blog post. Which, as a business owner is horrible. Life has changed completely and I feel like I’m living in an entirely different universe from when I last wrote.
Let’s do a speed catch up for Christine Lee Photography:
In August my son started VPK, he was bullied by a student and his teacher; I had to switch from a daycare he had been at since 2016 to a brand new school. BEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE. My son went from hating his teacher to absolutely adoring his new teacher, he started to thrive and learn so much more than I thought was even possible. I’m mentioning this because my role as a mother is a huge part of my photography business and I fell off the business band wagon while we dealt with this transition.
Then I joined my best friend, Vanessa at V Love Inc, in renting a studio space for our business in October. I have dreamed of having a photography studio space for SO LONG. We planned and designed until it was exactly the creative space we needed (if you would like to see it click here!).
Christmas minis were a huge success; I took time off to focus on my son’s 5th birthday and Christmas. In January we started planning our Grand Opening event; we celebrated our small, intimate Grand Opening on February 1st and it was such a lovely turn out!
And then things started to get a little scary.
I had seen COVID 19 on the news since January, it had been on my radar since. It wasn’t until a few weeks after our grand opening that I truly began to worry. I am naturally an anxious person (I come by it naturally from both my mom’s side and my dad’s) so the fear of a deadly virus did not sit well with me. BUT since it had been on my radar for far longer than most people I feel like it ended up giving me an advantage. I had to work through some serious anxiety and fear (as in I went to the urgent care because I had chest pain and the doctor ended up telling me I needed to control my mind). I feel that I was able to turn the news off, turn my focus on God and build my relationship with Him, before things truly began to get worse here in the US. Now I don’t watch the news and I don’t check the statistics.
I just do what I can to stop the spread, the spread of the virus and the spread of fear.
Obviously because of the safer at home order I have not been scheduling sessions. But I haven’t stopped working on my business. I have been diving into workshops, photography classes; I’ve been working on my brand and what I want to offer my clients. As soon as I get the green light to schedule clients I am going to hit the ground running.
I have missed them all so much, their smiling faces, the love between children and their parents, seeing all the beauty of motherhood. I miss it and I miss the people.
Especially since I have been going through sessions from the past year and seeing all their smiles and hugs it just fuels my passion to get back out there and it also gives me hope. Hope that we will get back to our happy, normal lives soon; because THIS is NOT going to be the new normal.