As I look back on the last few months of sessions, it is crazy to me how we were just living life. Never in a million years would I think I would be not working due to a virus. I walk into hospital rooms 1-2 times a weeks and never think much about it. During flu season I am extra cautious. I wash my hands well before entering the room and then I make sure I sanitize my hands really well once I leave. Otherwise, I think I have taken advantage of the fact that I can just walk in and take photos of families. I never thought I would be sitting here missing the fact that I can no longer do that.
I know I say this a million times that fresh 48 sessions are my favorite. And it is the truth. Meeting new families for the first time and watching them with their new babies is just the best. Capturing those moments that go by so fast. Everyone that has had a baby knows that those first few days are a blur and you can’t remember much. I love having these photos for parents to look back on.
And now here we are not allowed in the hospital. Mom’s can only bring one person in during the stay. You can’t show off that new baby you are soo proud of. And you won’t be getting those professional photos of your baby.
I know a lot of businesses are suffering right now. Mine being one of them. I have no clue when I will be able to open up my business. I have clients canceling right and left, which I totally understand, and of course I have zero bookings coming in for the future. It’s hard to book a session when we don’t know what the future holds. What scares me more than anything is what will happen with these hospital sessions. I think the rules might change now and I don’t even know if I will be back in for a fresh 48 session this year. I am trying to stay optimistic, but it is pretty darn hard right now.
Running your own business is not for the weak. As of March 1st I have been in business for 9 years. It took about 5-6 to get where I am. I have had nights where I have been up most of the night editing to stay ahead. There has been a lot of tears and unknowns. There were times I didn’t think my business would make it. For the last several years things have been great. I have consistent booking and last Fall I was able to hire an assistant to help me. My business was right where I wanted it. And then bam this happens. Knowing all the work I put into this business and now where I am just makes me sick. I am trying to stay optimistic that we will bounce back, but it is going to take a while. We won’t come back form this overnight.
For all of you business owners I feel for you. I know this is hard and it just stinks!
For all of you new mom’s to be I have provided a tips guide to help guide you through those fresh 48 sessions. If you are interested in those just shoot me an email and I can send them over. RachelDemandPhotography@gmail.com In the mean time I continue to pray that this passes and we can get back to life and work for those of us out of a job right now. And new mamas I am praying for you as well. I know this is a hard and trying time for you <3
Rachel Demand Photography is a premier photographer serving Columbia Missouri and the Mid Missouri area. Rachel specializes in Maternity, Fresh 48 Hospital Sessions, Newborns, Babies and Family photo sessions. To get more information about sessions click HERE. If you are ready to book a session or you have more questions fill out the contact me form here, or email me at RachelDemandPhotogrpahy@gmail.com