a little heads up.

January 14, 2010

I decided something recently, and I’m finally going to type it into words.

After thinking about the new year and evaluating how 2009 played out, it got me to thinking about my weekends. I know it’s something every wedding photographer faces, because most of the world has weekends as their “off days,” and we end up working most of those days. Yeah, I know, “you can take Monday off!” Okay, sure, and go bowling by myself, after a nice cup of lonely coffee and then go play a solo match of tennis? I kid I kid.

Let me clarify one thing. I AM NOT feeling sorry for myself one bit, because I am SO blessed that God has provided lovely couples who want me to capture their wedding day. That is a flat out honor and privilege. But here’s the thing, what is more important than being a photographer is being a wifey. One who is around when my hubby is off work. Not saying he needs me to be around, because I’m sure he’d be just fine playing Call of Duty all Saturday long (love you!), however, I want to be around. And when friends come and stay in our home for the weekends, I want to be able to cook them breakfast and catch up on each others lives, instead of peace out before they even wake up.

So, after thinking over these things, and praying and weighing pros and cons, I decided one simple thing.

With already 16 weddings booked for this year, I’m only taking five more weddings for 2010.

You can check out my calendar at www.brittanystrebeck.com to see my available weekends, or feel free to e-mail me for any questions.

In short, what does this mean for you? Well, girls with a ring on your finger, you best step it up and contact me!! And boys, ehem, men, who have not yet put said ring on finger, I suggest you do so :)

Now I’ve reached the point in my blog post where I should post a picture… Hmmm… OH! Here’s part of a Sample Album that I just finished up… Bright colors make me happy.

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Laura posted the following on January 14, 2010 at 12:52 pm.

Good move Brittany! I bet you fill up in no time- enjoy this year with your groom~

Kristen barstad posted the following on January 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm.

I bet it’s so hard being busy every weekend!! I hope these last few weddings are wonderful and perfect and that you get to enjoy every weekend off with your sweet husband and friends!!!

Alisa posted the following on January 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm.

Brittany, I don’t formally know you but I feel so connected to you right now, haha! I work by myself, no assistant and my husband isn’t on the “team” with me shooting and editing and I have made a firm resolution that if I’m going to have a life of my own, I will do no more than 20 weddings a year ever. And like you said, I love these couples and their happy stories, but the stories of our own lives happen on the weekends, with friends – not when we are alone the rest of the week behind our computers!
I also find that if you keep your numbers down, you do better work overall for each client. You can truly make them feel like they are the only client you’ve ever had and THAT can make a better impression and word-of-mouth sales than doing 50 a year.

Rambling on to say: Amen, sista! Keep up the awesome work and your new-found breathing space :)

Cristy Cross posted the following on January 14, 2010 at 2:19 pm.

What in tha world? Girl you already have 16 weddings booked? I tell ya, you are so awesome :)

Kayla posted the following on January 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm.

Good for you! I think so many photographers wear themselves out shooting too many weddings! If you get booked up, feel free to send some brides my way. I still have several dates open this year! Good luck with 2010!

Allison posted the following on January 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm.

If I wasn’t already married I would be planning my wedding around whatever weekends you had open! You are so good at capturing those special moments.

Brittany posted the following on January 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm.

hey britt! I am glad that you are finding some balance in the “working” weekend business and being a wife! Glad that God has blessed you with great business and that you are able to do your most important job more… being a wife :0) would love to grab coffee sometime! i have lots more free time now!

Kristin posted the following on January 19, 2010 at 11:29 am.

Way to figure it out. 20 is full time for me, and the only way I’ll roll. When Devin retires and is home during the week, that’s when I’ll book more. I’ll be a 80 year old grandma out there dancing with my camera flash!

Woo hoo!


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