Lately life around the Espedal household has been really good, really full, and really busy. Among life’s everyday tasks and the craziness I have been spending a lot of time thinking through this year and my photography, my business, and a lot of what that means for me and for my family. I assume that most people know that I’m expecting my second child around the end of May and although I am still warmly welcoming sessions for sure through April and probably even during the first part of May, and then taking sessions again as soon as I recover from childbirth (and taking 2013 weddings starting the end of July) I am starting to rework some things in my business to make space for being a family of four. I love love LOVE photography but I also love my family and the Saturday Farmer’s Market, and the surrounding natural areas. I’ve got great plans for photography this summer and also great plans for exploring and doing life with lots of joy with my family this summer. Part of that is re-thinking how I process my images and how long that takes me and what that’s worth to me. I may outsource my editing, but I may also put in some hard work now to change up my workflow after a session and wedding to give me less time in front of a computer and more time in nature with my loves. I’m also deciding to add mini-sessions to my year to give some folks the opportunity for a session with posed photos that they wish to put on their Christmas cards and the rest of the year to only accept the type of sessions I’m passionate about doing (documentary style sessions that are more candid and fun and much much much less posed). This excites me. This means when I spend 2-4 hours away from my family (at a session and driving time) that I’m doing something I’m 100% passionate about.
I’m excited for 2013 and all the fresh life it’s going to bring. So, as part of preparation for these changes I’m challenging myself to start taking more photos that are not of my daughter, not in what I’ve always thought of as ideal light, and to slow down to see those things so I can more fully enjoy them. I also am challenging myself to get out without the camera and do activities I am passionate about. One of these is pottery. I’ve wanted to take a pottery class for years and years. The process is so relaxing and beautiful to me. Thanks to my wonderfully thoughtful husband, he purchased me a private lesson for my birthday last year and I FINALLY schedule and took the lesson in January. It’s for sure something I will continue to pursue and I’m hoping to take regular classes either in the summer or fall when this babe is out of my belly. My piece I created is in the first two images and proudly holds our garlic (which we use quite often around here). Huge thanks to Allison at Midwest Clay Project for being so patient with me and showing me the ropes. I’m equally as excited to get out with Jolene on my bike again this summer. I have a bike path map for Madison (also a gift from Jordan) and I have every intention to find babysitters for the babe and to take Jolene out as much as possible this summer. You might not think these two are “challenges” but I know that it’s a fight to give them proper time. By doing so, it will only help my home life and my business life.
Well, enough rambling, I need to pack for a last minute trip to Colorado tomorrow. Enjoy the last little bit of February and some recent photos from around my house.