About two weeks ago now I moved into a new house in a new neighborhood. It was a really stressful road to get here, but I love this house and from the first time we looked at it I knew it was perfect for us. Don’t get me wrong… it’s on old house… 1973 to be exact, and needs a lot of work. But it just felt right.
First of all, as a photographer light was first on my list of priorities in a house. Not because I had planned on shooting here at all… but just because I see light in everything and a dark home just wouldn’t feel good to me. This house has an amazing back yard and a big gorgeous sun-room built onto the back of the house, windows all across it, with a perfect view of the yard that stole my heart.
On the first morning here this little yellow butterfly floated past and sat down in front of me in the new sun-room as we drank our morning tea. She hung out with us for awhile until I thought maybe she’d like to head back outside. I opened the door and followed her out with my camera, and took the shot above.
Those of you who know me know that I have a particular fascination with butterflies. I always have. They remind me that change is inevitable and that something very beautiful can come from something that doesn’t seem so at first. I love the concept that a caterpillar can cocoon and find solace and peace when maybe things don’t seem so awesome and come through it in the morning light, flying, able to explore and see the world in a new way.
The butterfly on this particular morning was very special to me. It’s been a really hard few years and this new house is a new start for us. I’ve felt like it was what we needed for a long time, to let go of bad memories and really heartbreaking times and look forward to something new. The last few years have been a blur of doctors, surgeries, questions and tears.
The week before we moved my Bella started walking, something we really didn’t know when or if she would do. She started talking more. We were at a point where we trying to fit her for a walker and she just said no, made the changes she needed to to push past her own limitations. Her determination to change and grow just makes me so proud. There’s no stopping her.
Through all of this, something else has been happening behind the scenes, that I haven’t spoken about publicly. I opened LOFT 50 with a business partner, full of ideas and hope and dreams. I don’t know how to do anything half way, so I threw myself into it and had a very successful first year.
After a year in business, she made the decision that she no longer wanted to be in business at LOFT 50, and I have been trying to find a way to make up for that financially since then, but I haven’t been able to find a clear and long term solution. In an effort to be professional and respectful, I’m not going to get into details, but suffice it to say I have now been forced into a position where I have had to give up the studio to avoid huge financial loss to my family. At this point I will be paying for her decisions for a long time already. An opportunity for another tenant willing to take the studio over came along that I just couldn’t refuse, so as of August 15th I will no longer be there. It’s heartbreaking to me, but the only responsible decision I could make for my family.
Moving forward, I plan to temporarily work from my beautiful new sun-room, as well as on location and at client’s homes. A lot of my work is newborns, and all I need is a little window light to make a newborn session wonderful! Any other session will be just as successful from my home studio, which actually has nicer light than the studio. The quality will be the same, but I will be reviewing my pricing to reflect the fact that my overhead cost will come down. I will also be looking to build a separate space onto the house as a studio in the near future so that I can personally have some separation between business and home.
This has been a very hard decision to make, but it’s one that I needed to make for my family. I hope that my clients understand and choose to continue to trust that they will get my best work, no matter where I am shooting from.
In the end, we all just grow from our mistakes and learn and become a stronger person through it all. I know I’ve learned a lot from this situation, as from the heartache we’ve gone through with Bella… and I feel like I see the world a little differently. Everyone is fighting a battle… it’s not easy for anyone… it’s just life.
I had a great business year last year and plan to do the same this year. I may not keep LOFT 50 as a name and will probably move back towards Karey Wood Photography and Design. It just makes more sense to me. No matter what, I appreciate and thank all my clients that have supported me through it. Some of you have been with me from my tiny basement studio, to the gorgeous Loft, and now to a different but equally gorgeous space. I appreciate you all so much, new and old clients alike.
If you have any questions at all about booking a session, where we will shoot, etc, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are renovating the new house so I will be taking new clients in my home studio starting October 1. I will be shooting outside, on location and at client homes until then.
xoxoxo – Karey