This is a bittersweet post to write. I’ve spent the last week letting my immediate family and close friends know. I know there are a few I have forgotten.
I have decided to close my business, Whippoorwill Photography. I want to thank all of my clients, family and friends for supporting me over the last 8 years in business! I have met so many amazing people and created thousands of photographs I love.
This has been something I have been talking about for a while. It comes down to the short reason being - business is tough. My plate has been full for a long time and I still had a hard time saying no. When telling people about what I do, almost every time I’d here “I don’t know how you do it all.” I recently started asking myself that. I don’t feel like I have been giving 100% to everything I’ve been doing and that wasn’t sitting well with me.
Owning a business isn’t just a “full time job” it’s more like a 24/7 job for creative entrepreneurs. Your brain is always firing. I could go on and on about the pros and cons I weighed in my head before my final decision but I promise it’s not that interesting. Ultimately it came down to this is the right time. It is something that I can pick up again in the future if I so desire.
Photograph is still a passion for me. I will be keeping my equipment to use as a creative outlet and to photograph my family, it just won’t be a ‘job’ anymore.
My final date in business will be June 28th. I will no longer be taking new clients after that date. I will also be archiving all my previous work after this date. If you are a past client and would like to purchase any photographs or digitals from your session with me please contact me by phone or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 320-894-2221. I will get you current prices. Orders must be placed before June 28th.
When making this decision the biggest thing for me is “what I am going to do next?” The beauty at being so at peace with this decision at this point in my life is that I realize I don’t have to have an answer to that question right away. I’m looking forward to letting my brain breathe a little bit and giving it some space. I know it won’t take long for it to latch on to some new ideas. I am blessed to have a vast variety of interests and hobbies and I’m excited to explore those more.
I will be continuing my full time role as Office Manager at the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and possibly be able to grow this role with more room for creative thinking, as well as my part time job at Rambow. Watch for news on our West Central Women & Wellness podcast coming soon.
I am looking forward to a relaxing summer already filling up with fun trips and lots of friends.
Below are some quotes I came across during this decision making process that I saved because I thought they fit so well. My sister also sent me this newspaper photo of the Cancer horoscope on Friday (I am a Cancer). It’s kind of funny how fitting it is.
Thank you again! I am excited about what’s ahead.