Doing less to live more

Doing less to live more.

It’s snowing. Only one last time I hope, then spring should be on the way. And I’m taking a moment to catch my breath and share some good news.

So much is happening right now that it feels like I will never see an end to what feels like constant change. But I’m learning what it really means to keep your eye on the prize.

Last year’s wedding season was a whirl, and the next season is only a month and a half away. Adding to my work with weddings, I am branching out to portrait work for both commercial and families, and in the process am taking on a new location for a gorgeous maine photography studio. I couldn’t ask for anything more!

There are still a lot of details to work through.
I’m nervous honestly. Embracing a studio location and new types of work is a huge undertaking. I have one full time year, and one part time year in the business now, with a lot to learn. With each step forward, I am leaving my career in natural resources, and losing time for many things that I used to enjoy.

In fact, I’m learning in real time how focused our lives have to become. I’m having to set the priorities that will define me for a long time to come as part of the process of becoming exceptional at this one venture.

Striping away the layers.
Every last part of my life that doesn’t guide me to my goals as the person I want to be are being stripped away. If you want something to thrive, you have to make room for it to grow by removing something else.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a pilot and author from the early 1900s made a great statement that fits those thoughts perfectly:

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

I’m going to take that on as my goal from here. To know who I want to be, what I want to achieve, and to remove not just the barriers, but everything that doesn’t bring me to those goals as a person, and as a photographer.

P.S. I can’t wait to share details on the new studio! We’re working through the lease now. Fingers crossed.

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