There are a ton of reasons why I decided to close my photography business and perhaps one day I'll write about all of them. For now, let me just say that I still believe it was the right decision and I have no regrets. So, in response to everyone who has recently asked - No, I will not be re-opening my business or returning to shooting client sessions, but I do appreciate the inquiries.
I'm quite certain that I still wouldn't be shooting if Amanda hadn't asked me to take maternity photos for her a few weeks ago. However, I've been having a lot of fun getting back behind the camera the past week and I'm so glad she did! I think the extended break did me a lot of good and is allowing me to view my photography with a new perspective and I'm excited to say that I've decided to start shooting again.
Of course, I have no idea what I will be shooting. Portraits have always been my thing, so if I'm not taking portraits I'm not exactly sure what I will be photographing. But that's ok. In fact it's great! For the first time since I picked up a DSLR camera, I have absolutely no plans regarding my photography.
I do have a few thoughts percolating in my brain, but nothing I'm willing to commit to quite yet. I think there is a possibility that I might resurrect my self-portrait project. I'm probably going to start taking more photos of my fur babies. I think I might do some google searches to see if I can find any fun photo prompts to get me thinking outside of the box and experimenting with some new things. I'm also considering digging out a very long list I have tucked away that contains new photography techniques and photo project ideas, so maybe I'll revisit that blog feature, as well. I might even do a few portraits here and there, too, but no promises. Then again, maybe I'll pick my camera up for a few months and then take another two year break. My only goal is to have some fun with it, which is something I'd lost sight of when I was always so busy with client photo sessions.
I will be posting the photos I shoot on my blog, as I really do enjoy blogging and I've missed it. I've also created an Instagram for my photography where I'll be sharing some of my images along with links to blog posts. (If you're interested in following, it can be found by searching for @michelewhitacrephotography on IG.) I'm still not sure what I'm going to do regarding my photography FB page. I'm not a Facebook fan and I tend to keep my personal profile deactivated most of the time, which I can't do if I want to still have my photography page. So, the jury is still out on that one. For now, I'm just going to enjoy getting back to taking some photos.
Stay tuned for some upcoming photos of my sweet kitties, Daisy & Gatsby, and for some fun blacklight scorpion images I'm working on editing. As always, thanks for stopping by!