If you've contacted me in the last few months about booking a session or a wedding, you've probably received the response that I am not booking any new sessions right now, for personal reasons. Now that I've got some of those things figured out, I thought I'd explain a little.
Personal Reason #1: Sometime in July of 2009, I started waking up with sore fingers and wrists. I had had some joint issues in the past, so I was just concerned about them getting worse. Then one day I woke up with my hands very stiff, and was unable to do simple everyday things. That's when I started turning weddings down. I didn't know what was wrong with me and I didn't know if this would happen on the morning of someone's wedding.
Personal Reason #2: I had a baby at the end of 2008, so 2009 was our first year as a family of 4. I wanted to pull back a little from photography and do a bit less so that I could free up the time that I spent processing images, and use it for playing with my girls. The issue with my hands sort of forced me to stick with this.
Since the summer, I have seen several doctors including a Chiropractor and a Rheumatologist. I have had more tests done than I can count, and spent months believing that I was an appointment away from being diagnosed with Lupus. It's been a challenging time!
I am happy to report that I do not have Lupus, I do not have Arthritis, nor anything else with a name that we know of, thus far. It's a relief, but it's frustrating because I don't know what's going on with my joints.
The other good news is that I have found ways to relieve a lot of the pain and stiffness that I had been experiencing and while I am not back to normal or perfect health, I am doing way better.
So, while Personal Reason #1 is fading, Personal Reason #2 remains. So, I've been thinking about 2010, and for now, I'm thinking that a good plan is to do roughly one session per month. I may squeeze an extra in during nicer weather- we'll see how it goes.
Anyway, that's what's been going on with me, and that's why you haven't seen too many posts in the last few months!
Stay tuned though, because my first session of 2010 took place this morning, and I'll have images of someone cute and little to share with you soon!