I read the quote that entitles this post a few days ago and I realize how truly blessed I am to have so many any my life who have truly held me up when I could not stand on my own-literally. This family that God allows me to call mine from my rock solid husband who dried my feet after my first shower, my daughters who fixed my hair, cleaned my house, cheered me on and nursed me through some of the worst days, my mother, my sister and the amazing group of individuals whom I call my portrait family.
I have been gradually working my way back into this fabulous world of mine called ©Dawn’s Photography. Editing has proven to be the most difficult. Finding the right position and not staying there too long altered with fighting the fatigue that often overwhelms every cell until I wake up drooling on my editing tablet. I took 14 sessions prior to surgery that required editing. I’m proud to say that I am down to the final TWO and did I say I am very proud of that! I’m even MORE grateful to these amazing clients I have who waited patiently- NOT ONE messaged me asking for a single image or time line and for that I cannot tell you how blessed I truly am to have each of you in my portrait family! EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU HAVE HELD ME UP.
They say that God works in his time. In my previous post I shared with you that I had to give it to GOD’S PLAN and not mine. I am truly marveled at how HIS plan really does always figure itself out. I am now able to do minimal sessions with the continued restrictions for ONE YEAR of no bending, lifting or twisting. When I was given those restrictions at 5 weeks post-op, I about fell apart. I could see the for sale sign going up on the studio right before my eyes. And then in marches GOD with his plan. Our oldest daughter Mariah, has been pursuing her nursing degree at UND in Grand Forks and from her first year of college she has always stayed there during the summers for her job that blessed her with 3 years of scholarships. This year she wanted an internship to gain more experience before graduating next year. In May she was offered a summer internship in OB department of LRHC in Fergus Falls and moved home on May 15th. She has become my other half. She does every ounce of bending, lifting and twisting required of me and allows me to just capture the images. She cleans, she cooks, she washes clothes, she feeds me when she knows I need nourishment and she bosses me to take care of me. It reminds me that she learned it somewhere and that at one time she possibly saw her mother doing the same things for her.
I am back taking sessions. I have made the very difficult decision at this time that at least until further notice I will NOT be taking any NEW clients. I will honor all of my portrait family if I have ever photographed any member of your family then I will do my best to make it work. I will be doing most sessions on the days that Mariah is not working which at this time is Monday’s or Friday’s. I will only be doing ONE session a day and I will NOT be taking high school seniors (unless we have already booked or you are already a member of my family) due to the time involved with a senior session. I do not want to have ANY senior be disappointed in what they saw in my previous years verses what I would be able to offer them at this point. If that changes I will update my blog/post on facebook so be sure to LIKE my page for updates as to the status of my availability.
Life has set me back. It’s been a burden and a hardship. I’d never wish on anyone the feelings of being inadequate as a woman, a wife, a mother, a friend or a professional; however the lessons that I have learned are worth every single second. I read a prayer the other day- “Let me not die while I am still alive”; TIME TO LIVE!