I wanted to take a moment to write a quick blog to update you all on how the next few months will go. As most of you know, we're expecting baby #2 the first week of May. I've also expressed that I'll be taking my maternity leave and which months I'll be unavailable. Right now, I am only going to be taking Tiny Toes Clients in April, as well as a couple of newborns that have gotten with me way in advance, if my baby girl decides to allow that to happen. I will need to be scaling down that month mostly because baby girl could very well be born that month (my last one was born 3 weeks early) and secondly just because I will need to be catching up and making sure all of my editing and orders and delivering stuff is done before she arrives. The last month is also just usually plain miserable and it gets hard to do what I have to get the right shot, especially for kids. From this point, I will be out May, June and most if not all of July. This will all depend on whether she comes in April or May on when I will be arriving back full-time. Again, I will be keeping up with Tiny Toes milestones (not taking on any new during that time) but also knowing that when she does come, I'm going to need at least 3ish weeks to recover, depending on how labor and delivery goes. I'm hoping that all of you on my program will understand if this hits right on the mark of one of your milestone sessions that we may need to reschedule and may end up late. It will only affect one of your shoots. Obviously if you're on my program, you've also experienced labor and know what it takes to recover :). So far I've had the most amazing and understanding clients/friends that have told me to take all the time I need.
Obviously without going into extreme full detail, I do have marginal placenta previa at the moment. A high percentage of women who have that, it fixes itself with time and its no problem. This is my biggest prayer. We will be checking on whether the placenta has moved itself in 1.5 weeks. Many prayers appreciated. If it has moved, things will go forward as normal. And hoping I don't get high blood pressure like the last time and get put on bed rest at the end. IF it hasn't moved, this is when I'll be monitored pretty closely as we all know it can be a dangerous situation many times ending up with bed rest early on and an early c-section. I'm just giving the heads up as the worst case scenario. So pray it moves, please!
I would LOVE to schedule one more mini session in the studio before I go on my leave. The Valentine Mini Sessions were such a hit and SO CUTE! I worked so hard on that set. I knew I could only take 10 and ended up filling up so fast that a lot of others still wanted in. If I did another one before I go on leave, it would be in March since that's my last full month in and because February is fully booked. I am not going to plan anything until after my next appt to see if that thing has moved. If it has, I am going to TRY my best to go forward with one more mini session. I'm hoping for it to be Spring themed, as Easter is on my birthday this year--April 1st. It will either be this, or another theme I have in mind that will be more "fun". Obviously I will not be spilling that secret left. It's so hard to keep ideas original! ;)
As an update on my schedule, I normally do about 8-10 sessions a week, depending on the week. I will do 5-6 of those in one single day. I do this mainly because I have a "shooting" day and then at least 2 FULL editing days during the week. This is how we get that quick turnaround time. Knowing that the bigger I get and the harder it is to maneuver myself to shoot kid shots (the main thing I shoot), I'm going to be spreading those out a little more to not get so worn down in one day. February is fully booked at this time (unless you're an expecting mom on my list and your baby comes early or late, don't freak out, I've still got ya). I am currently going down my March list, contacting all of the people that are on my list and getting them a date on my calendar. If you're on my list and I haven't touched base with you yet, don't worry, I haven't gotten all the way through it yet. I have about 5-6 more people to give dates for March and then that month itself is also looking pretty jam packed. I won't have a lot of room for last minute sessions that month. I am also keeping a list for months for the rest of the year. Aug-Dec and there are names on each month already. I am fully planning on still doing the popular Fall Mini Sessions (date not yet set) that many of you take advantage of. I love those! I hope to also do Christmas ones again this year as those were popular and a lot of fun.
I just wanted to write this all out in a longer post to keep all of you informed. Obviously I know that some of you are going to NEED to get pictures done at some point while I'm gone. Summer is usually really busy for me. As sad as it makes me to turn it down, I do completely understand if you need to go elsewhere for a birthday shoot, etc. If you would rather wait for me to return--great! Just get your name on my list so I can make sure to get you in. I truly appreciate my tried and true loyal clients that have made this business get where it has the past 9 years! I'm so looking forward to this year and making it one of the best and most successful years yet!