"Sometimes in the waves of change, we find our true direction."
It certainly has been a spell since I've last updated my blog. So much has happened the past few years, I think we can all agree it's been quite a trip! When the pandemic first hit, my husband and I had already been planning on expanding our family. It was something we had to consider postponing, not knowing what the future would hold for us - there were a lot of what ifs. But ultimately, we decided that this was our time and we didn't want to put our life on hold. Cue Little Miss Moira. She came into our lives a lot sooner than we expected her to - in more ways than one. Arriving 2 weeks early, she really threw a wrench into my announcement plans and website updates! The dust has settled and I'm finally getting back into the swing of things, just in time for Autumn portrait season.
A small business update and a little "extra"
Some may have noticed that I've changed direction with my photography. I made an announcement on social media, but nothing official on my website. This decision came upon right as the pandemic hit and I had some time to re-access what would be best for our family. Small children make everything a little "extra".... EXTRA tiring, EXTRA time consuming... just "extra". So, I've decided to scale back and going forward I'll no longer be offering wedding day services. This will allow for me to enjoy EXTRA cuddles, EXTRA kisses and spending more time making EXTRA memories with those who are near and dear to my heart. I do not know if this will be the case permanently, but for now I am focusing on only providing newborn, baby, family and senior portraiture to my Kansas City Metro and Columbia, MO service areas.
As always, I'm so grateful to be in a position where I can provide beautiful portraiture to families within my local and hometown areas. As I approach my 10th year of Callista Bond Photography, it's a reminder of how far I've come and how much more I have left to give. I couldn't have done it without all my wonderful clients. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
From Full Time Entrepreneur to Full Time New-Mom-Preneur
The last 6 months have been a whirlwind! I don’t even know where to start. My husband and I waited until our 30s to start our family, because we thought we would be more prepared, have stable careers… have all our little ducks in a row. I mean you can never be too prepared, right? Well… You can never be prepared, is probably more accurate. Cue everyone who said, “I told you so”.
Adjusting to the Change When I had my son… my ray of sunshine… my chubbers… my love bug… I took a giant leap and decided to try and juggle the huge task of being a stay-at-home-working-mom. After I got over the initial shock of becoming a new parent overnight, I read blogs and articles on all the ways I could be the most kick-butt stay-at-home-working-mom there is! Well those articles turned out to be few and far in-between. I turned to my friends on social media and the mom bloggers of the world, and studied everything wonderful, inspiring they were doing for their careers and their families. I found they seemed to have it a lot more put together than I do. These moms have clean homes, time for fun crafts and DIY projects (or at least they appear to)… and they work! There was a time I could multi-task; work, keep a clean house, go to the gym and DIY-craft myself into oblivion. Now a clean house is on the back burner, we eat sandwiches a lot and DIY projects… what are those?! Call me naive, but I thought I was going to be way better at this than I am. BUT, I’m going to give myself some credit; I’m still learning and adjusting. More importantly… I’m not giving up. My old method might now work now that I have a child, but that doesn’t mean I can’t find a new way! I will have a clean house again. I WILL!
Building Up My Business After almost 6 months of getting adjusted to working from home and becoming a mother, I decided to do something crazy. I started working on building up my business again! I’ve been slowly rebuilding my brand from the ground up, revamping both my websites (Graphic Design & Photography), and adding Wedding Photography to the line-up of services. None of which are small tasks. I’ve had some time to really think about where I want to go with my business and I was afraid becoming a mother would make me put that dream on hold. I decided not to let it. I might not be diving into the deep end, but I am wading in the shallow end for now and taking it slow. I'll never know until I try. I will say this; it feels SO GOOD to be getting a little bit of me back, even if it’s just during nap time.
I want to end this post with a little shout-out to all the stay-at-home-working-moms(dads), working-moms(dads), and stay-at-home-moms(dads)! Just being there for your kids and doing a little bit of something for yourself – whatever that may be – you rock. YOU ROCK!