Time to Slow Down || Wasilla Newborn Photographer

What a crazy couple of months it has been! For those of you that have kept up with my life, we're finally moved into our new home and getting settled. We are so in love with this little house and these woods that surround us. I can without a doubt say, I've never been more content than I am right now.

Finally being at a place where we're really happy has made me contemplate quite a few things. It's put everything into a new perspective and I can feel a new push in a new direction, though I never know where the push will take me. I know the push is telling me to slow down though, I do know that. It's telling me to stop working 24/7, day and night. It's telling me to step away from the computer and to allow myself to enjoy the little things in life that make me happy. In order to do that though I have to make changes with how I run Moss and Myrrh. I'm exhausted, guys. Running a business isn't easy. Depending on others to want to hire you so you can pay your bills, it's exhausting. It's starting to feel like I'm in a rat race again and that's a life I really don't want. I want to LOVE what I'm doing, not feel like I'm running in circles going nowhere. 

Our move has also brought us to a location that's leaving me pretty far from my clients. What was once a 30-45 minute drive now takes 1.5 hours, one way. Truth be told, that drive is draining. Sure, we chose to move out this far, but that also means that I have to make changes in choosing how far I'm willing to go for work now too. I get stuck between wanting to please everyone, wanting to give what I have to everyone, but then in turn leaving myself drained and empty. In the end, it's not worth it anymore. 

So, with all the rambles you read up there ^ I'm here to tell you that things are going to change. I'm not sure how just yet, but I know it's coming. I'm pretty sure I'll be restricting just how many Anchorage clients I take. I know I'll be making tough decisions and having to say no to births further out in Anchorage. It's going to be hard, I know that. This business is my baby. I already feel horrible because I can't offer birth work to every mama that contacts me, so saying no just because they're in Anchorage is going to hurt even more. I have to do this for myself though and for my sanity. 

Don't fret though! I'll be sporadically announcing dates I'll be available for sessions in Anchorage through out the month. If you're pregnant and want me for a newborn session, please, please, please, do not wait when booking me. At this point I'm looking at only taking one Anchorage session per month. That narrows down my availability A LOT. Also, I will still be working in Eagle River as normal. That drive is manageable, haha. If you're already booked for an Anchorage session, you're still good to go, your session isn't changing. 

I'm also excited to announce that Wasilla/Palmer clients will be getting a $50 discount when they book now! Yeah, yeah, it's to encourage Valley clients to book. There's no shame in my game! I want to stay closer to the valley, so clients out here will be getting a discount. Also, Wasilla/Palmer births will now receive a $100 discount! Soooo, if you know any pregnant mamas, send em' my way! 

As always, thank you to everyone that continues to choose me as their photographer. I appreciate you guys so, so, much. <3 

xoxo,

Ashton