I did something to my website last night. It was a little out there.
See, the past several months have left me wondering.
Wondering about the ‘why’ of being a photographer.
Wondering about my community.
Wondering about my other creative paths (ie. writing).
Wondering about my primary responsibilities (I’m a homeschool mom to three! And My husband is still my husband—wow!)
I’ve been reflecting on this full plate, short days, and marketing incentives and chatter and threads that leave me queasy and tired and produce…nothing.
I’ve also been reflecting on the state of my province (Alberta) and the stretched finances within so many homes. Along with that, I’ve been chewing on the lasting value I witness in this expression of art. Crazy enough, I BELIEVE in STORY! Whatever one’s season or tough spot or celebration, I believe in documenting the journey to give some form and shape to our processing. From joy to grief and the beautiful normal in between, there is room to remember our families.
All of this was churning in my head as I sat on my website last night.
I browsed some threads and forums, distracting myself.
I looked at my work, my investment, my developing voice.
I cut out some offerings. Added another.
And then I absolutely slashed my prices for sessions within my town.
Because I realized, if I’m going to own the whole “story in season” kind of motto and lifestyle, I need to own it for my story, too. I have this art and business but within it, I am wilfully choosing to be at home with my children, to educate my sons, to keep a sense of rhythm for a child with autism. I choose to bake bread. I choose to write. I choose to play. I choose to rest.
I choose to absolutely capture the documentary photography market within my own county.
I no longer choose to pursue every trend and thread and voice. In my personal, current, season, it’s just too much (chatter, driving, health, time). Honestly, there are better-situated artists for those living in our large Albertan cities, and there are gifted photographers for portraits and newborns and weddings. Book them! But….
…I am hot stuff for documenting the beautiful normal in this area of Alberta.
And for the next six months I’m making this path far more accessible for your family and your business.
The prices have been cut in half. (see the 'family' tab)
Some sessions are gone, because I want to remain Present.
Oh, and family videography, yeah, it’s there!
Check it out. If this expression is a fit for your story, let’s chat! Your story is absolutely unique and valuable, and worth it. I want to participate in it with you and offer a quality, unique, documentary option for Three Hills and Area.
Life & Light,
D. L. Daniels