Personal Life Versus Professional Life….
Wow. So here’s the deal: My 16 year old son decided, the night before he was scheduled to come home from a summer visit with his dad, that he didn’t want to come home. Of course, I pulled parental rank and told him his tail would be on the plane to come home and tie up his loose ends, one of which was 300 square feet of bedroom/walk-in closet that looked like a bomb went off. He was NOT impressed, to say the least, but did come home.
He was in town just shy of two weeks before he flew back to Nevada, leaving an upset mom, brother and step-sister. During the middle of this time, Wall 2 Wall Photography had a grand opening open house, a family portrait session scheduled, and our own family portraits to do before he left.
Needless to say, it was hard to be motivated, because I was incredibly sad prior to his departure, but kept my scheduled appointments accordingly.
I’m glad that I did. While it’s not professional to let your personal life get in the way of your professional life, there is a point where you have to find some middle ground.
I shot some really neat images of this family and it helped me not only get my mind off my issues, but reinforced the confidence I have in myself regarding my ability as a portrait photographer.
Even though I was upset and sad, we sat for a family session in our studio before my son left, and somehow we came out of it with some of the best family shots we’ve had of ourselves to date. I don’t know how I managed to look as happy as I did (I was miserable on the inside), but we will always have the images posted in this blog (coming soon) to remember that we were a family.
To anyone that is contemplating cancelling any kind of professional engagnement due to personal issues: My best advice is this: Don’t do it. You will feel much better if you can continue to act as if nothing is bothering you in your professional life. It helps counteract anything that might have you questioning your performance as a person in your personal life.
Thanks for listening. Until next time…..