I’ll be limiting my sessions to one or two a month starting Nov. 1. To some this sounds like a bad move for someone “in business” but for the clients who choose me to capture their lives or their moments, or their events, this is the best possible decision I could make.
For me, photography has become more about quality and less about quantity. I’m starting to worry less and less about how many sessions I have a week or a month. I would rather focus on the quality of each session and to do that I need to let ago of a lot of preconceived notions I have been holding about photography as a business.
My goal during a session is not to produce as many photos as I can in a half hour to an hour session, but to produce meaningful images. It’s my goal and I don’t think I’ve been meeting my goal. This is making me discouraged in my photography journey and discouraged isn’t a healthy place for me to be.
I’ve been putting aside a lot of what I want this business of mine to be for a very long time.
I don’t want photography to be a deep, dark, complicated and scary business for me. I want photography to be what it has always been — an outlet for me to meet others and connect with them on a visual level, not just on a “service” level.
While I want to serve the needs of those looking for family and child and senior photography, I want to be that creative connection between them and images of themselves or their loved ones.
When you book a session with Lisa R. Howeler, Lifestyle Photographer (yes, I am making my entire family call me this now…why?) I want your session to be unique, different, authentic, organic, and real. I want to produce emotive art you’ll hang on your wall, not just post on your Facebook page.
So, you’ll start noticing some changes around this blog and on my Facebook page. I’ll be posting more photography projects and less offers for discoutnted sessions. I’ll be offering more sessions that are you and me hanging out in your home, or at a local park where we won’t be posing as much (though maybe a little for high school seniors), and where we’re capturing the real you, your real children, your real life.
I’m excited. And I’m also excited to start offering Cherished Sessions. Learn more about these free custom sessions for those facing a devastating medical diagnosis by clicking on “cherished sessions” at the top of this page.
I would be very happy if Cherished Sessions became the bulk of my “business.” These sessions are free to those who have been diagnosed with serious medical illness and their families. There is no charge for the “session fee” and a flash drive of the images will be provided and include fully edited images. Prints can be ordered and donations for families to purchase prints (at wholesale, meaning whatever the cost is for me to print is the cost for the clients) can be made at anytime. The family will be given a credit in their gallery for the cost of the prints when donations are made. All donations go directly back to the family and I will never make a profit from any of these sessions.