Our usual posts are mostly photos & some words.
This post is one that goes against what we have been used to for several years, starting with writing more words & posting only one photo.
Free to Live Photography has been in action for almost four years.
As a husband & wife team we have maneuvered our way through the maze of establishing a small business–with all the legalities and intricacies, while keeping our creative-brains inspired.
We have spent many long nights editing hundreds and thousands of photos that became sweet memories for our clients.
We have celebrated the changing seasons with brides and grooms, expecting parents, grandparents, and little ones.
We have been honored to work with amazing clients that inspire us to keep seeing beauty in everyday life.
We have been frustrated at times, overwhelmed, and tired, but we have continued to pursue this creative passion that we both have because we love photography & we love people.
We value making memories, creative pursuits, and prioritizing the celebration of life.
Some of you may not know, however, that we also both have other full-time careers that occupy much more of day-to-day life. I (Jess) work as a labor & delivery nurse, and Matt works as a social worker to protect children from harm.
In just one month, we will be heading to Uganda to be a part of a team that serves in a children’s home for neglected and medically fragile children (also known as an orphanage).
We aren’t sure where our journey will go after our trip to Uganda, but we have sensed a desire to prioritize making memories, pursuing creativity, and prioritizing our own celebration of life together.
So, what this means is freeing ourselves up to be together more. To be home more without photography tasks means more husband & wife time, more family time, more flexible time. To be available more means seeing opportunities that we would have missed if we were focused on other things.
What this means is that we are pressing “pause” on what we have worked so hard to establish. For now “pause” seems easier to bear than “stop.”
We aren’t sure if photography will be a thriving part of our future, but for now we have to learn to say “no.” This, my friends, is the most difficult part.
Creative images swirl in my mind & despite our desire to reset our priorities, the walking-out part is difficult.
So, here it goes.