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I Don’t Want To Sell Any­thing

I’m going to date myself with a movie quote from 1989’s Say Any­thing:

“I don’t want to sell any­thing, buy any­thing, or process any­thing as a career. I don’t want to sell any­thing bought or processed, or buy any­thing sold or processed, or process any­thing sold, bought, or processed, or repair any­thing sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.” -Lloyd Dobler

That in a nut­shell is me. Well obvi­ous­ly I cre­ate images and I process them, and I sell them to the client… I just don’t want to sell any­thing TO YOU. I don’t mean that in a rude way, I swear. What I mean is that I didn’t get into this busi­ness to teach work­shops, to men­tor, to sell YOU any­thing. I got into this busi­ness because I LOVE work­ing with clients, cap­tur­ing babies’ first por­traits, work­ing with chil­dren, cap­tur­ing on cam­era what is unique and divine about each fam­i­ly, cre­at­ing some­thing last­ing, express­ing myself as an artist. Does that mean I’ll nev­er teach? Oh, who knows… let’s be real, the indus­try may reach the point where the only way to make a real liv­ing is to sell to pho­tog­ra­phers, some mar­kets are already there. My mar­ket is not… yet. I’m still mak­ing a nice liv­ing ser­vic­ing real clients and doing a job that feeds my soul, so as long as I can I will con­tin­ue to do so. Every­one out there is try­ing to sell some­thing to YOU.

“Take my work­shop, buy my pos­ing guide, buy my soft­ware, buy my prod­uct, use my dig­i­tal deliv­ery ser­vice, let me men­tor you, you need THIS!!!!!”

There is so much NOISE OUT THERE THAT YOU CAN’T EVEN HEAR THE ONLY VOICE THAT REALLY MATTERS… your own.

Since I’m not try­ing to sell you any­thing I’ll share some advice, for free. There is no mag­ic pill, you can­not buy IT, or bot­tle IT. By buy­ing into the work­shop cul­ture around you, you are not becom­ing a pho­tog­ra­ph­er, you are becom­ing a con­sumer of pho­tog­ra­phy prod­ucts. Work­shops can be a great thing, but not when you are tak­ing them in lieu of spend­ing the time to devel­op your artis­tic eye. There is no short­cut, no easy 3 step process to find­ing YOUR OWN VOICE. Do you want to be one in a thou­sand pho­tog­ra­phers who learn to mim­ic some­one else or do you want to be an artist cre­at­ing some­thing that is your own? If you are just start­ing out- shoot, prac­tice, obsess, immerse your­self in your craft, read, digest, but DO NOT COPY. Find what you love, find what you are best at, devel­op a busi­ness you can be proud of. There is no sub­sti­tute for blood, sweat, and tears, no overnight suc­cess sto­ries as much as peo­ple are out there try­ing to sell you that dream. If you are going to go into this busi­ness do it because you LOVE it, not because you want an easy, overnight mom­my job. If that’s where you are com­ing from be a yoga instruc­tor, or sell tup­per­ware. This is art, these are people’s mem­o­ries, and that should mat­ter to you above all else.

The Art of Bal­anc­ing Busi­ness and Life

 

Pho­tog­ra­phy.

 

What do you think of when you hear that word?  The fact that you are read­ing this indi­cates you’re prob­a­bly some­what like me.  You think of the weight in your hands, the hum of your lens focus­ing, your view through the viewfind­er… the way you hold your breath as you wait for that moment to unfold in front of you, the thunk of the shut­ter as you take your shot…. swoon.  What could be bet­ter than mak­ing a liv­ing doing some­thing you love? Hav­ing your pas­sion turn into your pay­check, work­ing from home, being your own boss… it all sounds great, right?  Well it is great, but make no mis­take… pho­tog­ra­phy is a fick­le mis­tress (or mis­ter).  She will suck out your soul, she will take over your life, she will burn you out, use you up, and step over your life­less body as she leaves.  I don’t mean to be over­ly dra­mat­ic, but I swear it’s true.  Once you take that step to take this pas­sion for mak­ing pic­tures and charge mon­ey for it every­thing changes.  Let’s talk about some steps you can take to cre­ate a ful­fill­ing career with bal­ance for your life.

 

A lit­tle about me… what the heck do I know any­way?  Well a lot I guess, but not every­thing… life is always a work in progress and no one is as togeth­er as you think they are.  I am a pho­tog­ra­ph­er, a moth­er of four very busy chil­dren and two French bull­dogs, and a wife to a pret­ty great guy… he ain’t bad to look at either.  I’ve been with my hus­band for 24 years, mar­ried 17 years, been a mom for 15 years and this is my 6th year in busi­ness as a fine art new­born, mater­ni­ty, child and fam­i­ly pho­tog­ra­ph­er here in Cal­i­for­nia.  I was recent­ly named PPA’s Cal­i­for­nia Fam­i­ly Pho­tog­ra­ph­er of the Year, top 10 pho­tog­ra­ph­er in Cal­i­for­nia, and Fuji mas­ter­piece award win­ner. I make my liv­ing work­ing with actu­al clients, so I know what that jug­gle is like. In anoth­er life I was sup­posed to be a col­lege His­to­ry pro­fes­sor. I like to think I keep His­to­ry of anoth­er sort and all those degrees look sort of cute on my wall. What I strive for in my life is bal­ance. It is my biggest strug­gle and my biggest suc­cess when every­thing is click­ing.  It’s not always easy, we as women are pulled in so many direc­tions, but bal­ance is attain­able.

 

First, you prob­a­bly should decide if you real­ly want to go into busi­ness.  There is noth­ing wrong at all with being a hap­py and accom­plished hob­by­ist.  What makes you want to start a busi­ness? Do you have an entre­pre­neur­ial spir­it, do you want to be your own boss, do you like work­ing with peo­ple?  The real­i­ty is you will spend way more time run­ning a busi­ness than you will tak­ing pic­tures.  You will be a book­keep­er, a cus­tomer ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tive, a sales per­son, a mar­ket­ing direc­tor, a late night edi­tor… 90% of your time will not be tak­ing pic­tures.  Real­ly think about what own­ing a busi­ness will mean for you and your fam­i­ly before you take the leap.

 

The price is right, or is it?  What the heck does pric­ing have to do with find­ing bal­ance??? Well, kind of every­thing.  So many pho­tog­ra­phers, women espe­cial­ly,  start into busi­ness think­ing that any mon­ey made is just gravy. I love tak­ing pic­tures and edit­ing, I would own all this gear any­way, if I walk away from a shoot with $100 it’s all good.  While that may be true when you’re tak­ing pic­tures of your friends as a favor once you hang your shin­gle that vibe changes.  You are pro­vid­ing a ser­vice that a client is pay­ing mon­ey for.  That client will have expec­ta­tions and demands… and odd­ly the low­er your pri­ce­point the more demand­ing the clien­tele.  Don’t ask me why this is true but it just is, its some odd inverse cor­re­la­tion that the low­er the pri­ce­point the big­ger pain in the butt the clients… a big cos­mic joke.  Soon you’re miss­ing snug­gle time watch­ing trashy real­i­ty tv with your hus­band (or is my hus­band the only one that watch­es trashy real­i­ty shows???) because you have to edit alone at your com­put­er.  You stay up late, you’re tired and grouchy, you feel guilty play­ing hot­wheels with your child because you have so much else to do. You miss lit­tle Billy’s soc­cer game because some­one insists they need a pho­to­shoot pre­cise­ly at 11:00 on Sat­ur­day, even though you know the light will be crap, even though you would rather be at the soc­cer game.  Sud­den­ly that $100 or $300 doesn’t seem so worth it espe­cial­ly if then you are hav­ing to pay tax­es on it.  I won’t go into the details here but do your research and set appro­pri­ate prices so that your time is prop­er­ly com­pen­sat­ed and you don’t end up burnt out and resent­ful.

 

You can­not do it all, stop try­ing.  We’re sup­posed to be able to do it all right? That’s what they tell us any­way… look at Martha Stew­art… she does it all! Martha Stew­art has a staff that does it all peo­ple.  No one can do every­thing.  You can­not be a full time moth­er, a wife, have an out­side job, be a full time pho­tog­ra­ph­er, book­keep­er, mar­ket­ing direc­tor, etc…  You can’t.  There will come a tip­ping point with your small busi­ness where you either need to scale back or out­source.  Awe… it’s a mag­ic word- OUTSOURCE. I out­source my edit­ing, my album design, I out­source scrub­bing my toi­lets and clean­ing my floors. Darn if I could out­source cook­ing din­ner I would, instead I’m try­ing to get friend­ly with my crock­pot.  You need to real­ly look at which tasks need your per­son­al touch and which tasks do not.  Tak­ing the pic­tures is all me, as is client rela­tions… oh and rais­ing my kids… those things need my per­son­al touch.  Edit­ing the full gallery and scrub­bing the toi­lets? Not so much.  Out­sourc­ing allows me to run a full time busi­ness work­ing part time hours myself.  I only edit my favorite 5–7 images I’m going to blog, my assis­tant does the rest. I shoot 3 days a week max, I can have my youngest in part time preschool and home with me the rest of the week, I vol­un­teer, I tote my kids around to sports every after­noon.  My evenings are spent curled up with the afore­men­tioned hot hus­band and a glass of Zin­fan­del.  Is my life per­fect?  No!  But, it’s a whole heck of a lot bet­ter than it would be if I were try­ing to do every­thing myself.  I am more present for my fam­i­ly because my busi­ness isn’t suck­ing up all my time and atten­tion and that’s price­less.  Speak­ing of price­less… while it is price­less, out­sourc­ing does cost mon­ey.  That brings us back to the whole charg­ing what you’re worth thing… wink… wink.  Out­sourc­ing my edit­ing also allows me to take on more shoots than I would be able to oth­er­wise, mak­ing me more mon­ey. It’s a win/win.

 

Pri­or­i­tize and Spe­cial­ize.  Pho­tog­ra­phy is a weird thing, it’s “art” but it’s a job.  How do you cre­ate amaz­ing art but insure you pro­vide what the client com­mis­sioned you to pro­duce?  Well, in short, you find the right clients.  Work­ing with new­borns, babies, and young fam­i­lies feeds my soul.  I am so inspired and ener­gized by a new­born shoot and my work shows it.  There are few things I can think of that would be more painful to shoot than cor­po­rate head­shots or archi­tec­ture.  I think brides are pret­ty but I would loathe giv­ing up my week­ends to shoot wed­dings.  Be real with your­self about what you love and what you don’t, what you’re good at and what you’re not.  There are very few pho­tog­ra­phers that are good at every­thing.  I know hun­dreds of pho­tog­ra­phers and there are maybe… two that I could rec­om­mend for a wed­ding, a new­born ses­sion, a child and fam­i­ly ses­sion.  They are both crazy tal­ent­ed super freaks but that’s not most of us.  When you first start your busi­ness you will dab­ble in lots of things and that’s fine but in time a clear path should present itself to you, fol­low it.

 

All work and no play makes Jane a dull girl.  All busi­ness all the time will make you tired, bor­ing, burnt out, and like­ly bitchy… who wants to hang out with some­one like that?  Fill your life up with lots of things and do it with­out guilt.  Play hot­wheels or bar­bi­es with your kids, get out and ride bikes, walk your dogs, work out, catch up with your friends on Face­book, go out for cof­fee, get a pedi­cure, see a movie, make out with your hus­band.  While you are doing these things don’t be stress­ing about what you should be edit­ing.  Make your­self a sched­ule and give your­self the right to turn off your phone and step away from the com­put­er.  There is always some­thing that needs to be done but just because you work from home doesn’t mean you should work around the clock.  I love my job, I mean I real­ly LOVE my job.  I want you to love your job too.

 

 

* Please inquire for photographer’s pric­ing if you’d like to book a ses­sion for your baby or fam­i­ly with Lau­rie Sachs Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Aline L. Sanchez - September 26, 2011 - 7:20 pm

I love your style in pho­tog­ra­phy and your set up in your home stu­dio. I’m seri­ous­ly work­ing at set­ting my own home stu­dio. You are a great find for research. Thanks for shar­ing.

Aline

Laurie - September 27, 2011 - 10:08 pm

Thanks so much Aline.

Becky Branch - November 11, 2011 - 6:36 am

I would tru­ely love to learn more about nat­ur­al light pho­tog­ra­phy and post pro­cess­ing from some­one like your­self. I am look­ing for some­one afford­able to men­tor with via phone or the web. Would you be avail­able to offer that ser­vice to me?

Thank you
Becky Branch

Maggie Ojcius - February 19, 2012 - 1:34 am

Hi Lau­rie!! I was so wor­ried about hav­ing a small place to do pho­tog­ra­phy ´till I dis­cov­ered u! I´m from Argenti­na but a cousin who is Amer­i­can told me about Pin­ter­est, then I saw your pics there.
I won­der­ing what lens you rec­om­mend me to take stu­dio pho­tos.
About the lights… you have a win­dow and what else?? Thank you some much!! Your became my teacher or exam­ple, what­ev­er you pre­fer… :)

tricia burns - June 11, 2012 - 8:45 pm

Awe­some post Lau­rie!!! Thank you for it. So hap­py we got to meet at WPPI!!!

Melisa Draper - June 11, 2012 - 11:10 pm

Well said Lau­rie!!! I love the pho­to of your fam­i­ly!

Christy Tyler - June 12, 2012 - 3:37 am

Oh Lau­rie. I knew I already loved you from but my good­ness… this post. Thank you. I need­ed to hear this! I’m only 9 months into a full-time career in pho­tog­ra­phy after 5+ years of doing it on the side while I had a day job. I feel myself burn­ing out & I fear for the days I have kids of my own how I will han­dle it all. So yeah… I def­i­nite­ly need to hire some­one, out­source, cre­ate hours for myself… thanks for all the reminders! You’re such an inspi­ra­tion!! xoxo! :)

Angela - June 14, 2012 - 2:51 pm

Per­fect­ly writ­ten, I could not agree more! I hope many peo­ple find this and heed your advice, friend!!

tina ramirez - June 15, 2012 - 12:48 am

You are awe­some!

Leandra - June 19, 2012 - 6:20 am

I hope this reach­es many aspir­ing pho­tog­ra­phers and makes them think long and hard. You are very wise my friend.

Alishia Potter - June 30, 2012 - 6:53 am

What a won­der­ful­ly inspir­ing read! Thank you Lau­rie for remind­ing me just how impor­tant it is that we take time out for the lit­tle things in life. <3

Joe Hansen - June 30, 2012 - 1:45 pm

Great points! I hope I can con­tin­ue to do this when/if I become estab­lished…

Meggan Harrison - July 18, 2012 - 5:10 am

HI Lau­rie,
My name is Meg­gan Har­ri­son and I’m an aspir­ing pho­tog­ra­ph­er. This post helped me a lot. I just want­ed to say thank you for shar­ing your expe­ri­ence.
I have lit­tle to no expe­ri­ence in pho­tog­ra­phy. I have been self teach­ing and look­ing up many tuto­ri­als online. I’m look­ing for a pho­tog­ra­ph­er that is will­ing to help feed me some knowl­edge and pos­si­bly work with me. I love your work! It is exact­ly what I am want­i­ng to go into. I was won­der­ing if you do any men­tor­ing? I know your a very busy women (from what you wrote in your blog) but even lit­tle tips and tricks would be help­ful.

I have start­ed a blog with some of my work, just to try to get my name out there. If there is any way you could give me some feed­back that would be amaz­ing! megharrisonphoto.blogspot.com

Thank you,
Meg­gan Har­ri­son

Trudy Brusenbach - July 21, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Lau­rie,
You are spot on regard­ing defin­ing who you are in your busi­ness and what you shoot. Life Work Bal­ance is cru­cial when run­ning your own busi­ness, that’s why we do it in the first place. I have worked for some of the most pres­ti­gious pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dios and some of the large retail chains and you are so right about price point. The cheap­er the price point the cheap­er the client. I hope to get to the point on my own to have an assis­tant edit my pho­tos and have some­one else clean my toi­lets, but luck­i­ly I was blessed with mar­ry­ing a hus­band who loves to cook and is real­ly good at it. Thanks for shar­ing the tips and tricks of the trade, it helps to share.

Trish Kemp - July 28, 2012 - 5:45 pm

Hi Lau­rie,
I just want­ed to say how much I loved read­ing your blog and site. I found your writ­ing so hon­est and com­fort­ing. I am a wife, moth­er of two (under 2), and pho­tog­ra­phy instruc­tor. I have always gone back and fourth on ‘should I open a stu­dio, etc.’ but I have so much in my life right now that I don’t think I could han­dle it. I recent­ly read an arti­cle that was about ‘hav­ing it all, but not at the same time’, which was enlight­en­ing. Your words have inspired me great­ly, and I just want­ed to say ‘thank you’. I haven’t met many women pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers who I can relate to, and it is nice to know I am not the only one who out­sources so I can ‘have it all’. :) Take care.
Trish

Roni - August 20, 2012 - 12:04 am

I loved read­ing this and see­ing that I’m not the only pho­tog­ra­ph­er who feels this way about cer­tain things… pric­ing, choos­ing your spe­cial­ties and know­ing you can’t take on every­thing :)

Ilene Marshall - September 29, 2012 - 2:43 pm

I admire your work tremen­dous­ly and strive to be THAT good some­day! Cur­rent­ly this is a bud­ding hob­by and I do some work on the side. I real­ly love the look of your web­site and was won­der­ing how is was built. What plat­form do you use? Thanks so much and con­tin­ue the fab­u­lous work.

Laurie - October 5, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Thanks so much for the love­ly com­pli­ment Ilene. My web­site is a Show­it site.

Marie Asbury, Sioux Falls Photographer - October 11, 2012 - 6:14 pm

FANTASTIC! Thank you so much for this arti­cle. You total­ly get it. Now to set it to prac­tice myself. Thanks again!

Melissa - October 15, 2012 - 3:22 am

I loved this. I felt like you were speak­ing direct­ly me, exact­ly the real­iza­tion I need­ed. I’m cur­rent­ly look­ing for an afford­able way to cre­ate a back­drop and ran across your site on Pin­ter­est. I have to ask do you have a spe­cif­ic lens that you pre­fer for your por­trait shots? I have a can­non and there are so many pos­si­bil­i­ties out there. Those crisp and clear baby eyes is exact­ly what I’m look­ing for. Of course I know that the qual­i­ty of the pic­ture doesn’t just come from the lens, you have a lot to do with it! Thanks so much and keep up the good work mom­ma!

Laurie - October 19, 2012 - 4:19 pm

In stu­dio I use a 50mm 1.4 and a 24–70 :)

Min Son - November 13, 2012 - 3:57 am

Hi Lau­rie,

i am a big fan of your work. I am a Louisville pho­tog­ra­ph­er spe­cial­iz­ing in senior por­traits. I would like to find a good bal­ance and don’t want to spend too much time on pho­to­shop. Do you out­source post pro­cess­ing? What album com­pa­ny would you rec­om­mend? Thank you for inspir­ing me.

Feuza - November 14, 2012 - 4:16 am

I want to jump in the screen and kiss you! this total­ly spoke to me right now and wish I had it four years ago! hey new peeps she is not kid­ding when she says it takes your soul, I will sad­ly admit to miss­ing almost 2 years of my kids life and it is not worth it, I am burnt out and hav­ing to restart it all and gain trust and con­fi­dence back from my fam­i­ly

Feuza - November 14, 2012 - 4:18 am

hum so you dont waste time on FB or pint rest, you are per­fect miss lol

KrisD Mauga - November 14, 2012 - 4:35 am

Thanks sweet­ie for post­ing! It’s so true! You are a rock­star mom­my n pho­tog- luv ya! Cheers!
Kris

Laurie - November 20, 2012 - 10:29 pm

:)

Laurie - November 20, 2012 - 10:32 pm

I do out­source my post pro­cess­ing and for albums I have sev­er­al ven­dors I like, Asu­ka, WHCC, ProD­PI…

linda zawadzki - December 2, 2012 - 3:07 am

Lau­rie ~

Are you will­ing to share what actions you do on your pho­tos?

They are stun­ning ~

Thank you for shar­ing!

lin­da

Laurie - December 18, 2012 - 9:19 pm

Most of my work­flow I cre­ate myself Lin­da.

Kare - December 28, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Lau­rie,
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your work. I appre­ci­ate the nat­u­ral­ness of it; you don’t use a lot of glitzy back­drops, props, etc. You con­cen­trate on the sub­ject which is the most beau­ti­ful part of the pho­to­graph. I do have a ques­tion: do you use any lights at all in your stu­dio? The catch­lights are amaz­ing! Is that all win­dow light? For exam­ple the recent shoot of your daugh­ter & niece when they are back-lit by the win­dow, how are you get­ting those catch­lights? Reflec­tor or lights? Thank you for inspir­ing me!!! I admire your pho­tog­ra­phy so much!

Tammy - January 4, 2013 - 2:27 am

Wow, I real­ize I must let go of wed­dings after 13 years, and shift my focus back where I start­ed: por­traits. Full cir­cle. I have 4 kids — they’re almost ready to leave the nest and I feel like I’ve wast­ed all my time on editing/clients/business. I’ve been dig­i­tal since 2002…so much lost time. Sad.

Osiris - January 13, 2013 - 12:25 am

Just want to say “Wow” Very inspir­ing.

Sophia Jordan - February 18, 2013 - 7:27 pm

Just stum­bled upon your site and blog via pin­ter­est and I have to say, your work is inspir­ing! I agree with the oth­ers, beau­ti­ful and hon­est blog post. Thank you for shar­ing your advice on this sub­ject (I’m a pho­tog­ra­ph­er as well). Thank you!

stephanie hernandez - March 26, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Hel­lo Lau­rine,

Your work is great. I to came from a teach­ing back­ground in His­to­ry :) I would like to know how do you get your clients? I am try­ing to start a pho­tog­ra­phy as a side buis­ness but dont know how to adver­tise myself? I have tried post­ing ads on craigslist and also hand­ing my cards out but to no calls back. Most moth­er to be or moth­ers that I come across just want there pic­tures tak­en at PICTURE PEOPLE at the mall. How can i gen­er­ate a buzz for my hobby/business? Also how much will it be if i can be men­tored by you via skye or face time?

Laurie - April 3, 2013 - 6:45 pm

When I start­ed out I prac­ticed a ton on friends and fam­i­ly for free. Once I had a very strong port­fo­lio and got legal to start accept­ing mon­ey for my ser­vices I net­worked a lot with local busi­ness­es and worked a lot on my online pres­ence. If the work is strong clients will pay for it.

Diana - April 17, 2013 - 1:54 am

Hi Lau­rie,

I found out about you on pin­trest and I have been going through your pic­tures since yesterday.…THEY R FAB! I loved pho­tog­ra­phy but I only real­ized that I have a pas­sion for mater­ni­ty and new­born when I had my first baby 4months ago. I cant stop look­ing for moments and tak­ing all sorts of pic­tures. Luck­i­ly my hus­band owns a stu­dio, so I will take your advice on out­sourc­ing. How much would you charge for men­tor­ing me in terms of tak­ing bet­ter shots. as you said no one knows every­thing.
PS. Thank you for shar­ing your knowl­edge, bless you because there are very few gen­er­ous peo­ple like you. Thanks again.

Tira J - May 3, 2013 - 10:06 am

Best post ever! I don’t have the kid­dos, but I do have two kit­ties, the hand­some hus­band, watch trashy TV with him and enjoy that glass of wine. Send­ing hugs to you from the IE! xoxo

Eriin Martin - May 10, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Hel­lo, your work is amaz­ing. i strive to make pho­tos like you. I dont know if you are will­ing to answer these ques­tions but, where do you print from and who do you hire to make your albums. Thanks so much, i am hav­ing trou­ble find­ing a place.

erin

Dawn - June 4, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Lau­ra, I want­ed to let you know how much I have enjoyed “The Art of Bal­anc­ing Busi­ness and Life.” I have always been a hob­by­ist and just recent­ly decid­ed to dive head first. I stum­bled across your site, I have no idea how I got here, but I am so grate­ful I did. Thank you so much for shar­ing this.

Laurie - June 7, 2013 - 9:55 am

My favorite lab is ProD­PI, though I do use WHCC, McKen­na, Asu­ka, Sim­ply Col­or, and a few oth­er ven­dors for var­i­ous prod­ucts.

Laurie - June 7, 2013 - 9:59 am

Hi there, thank you for the com­pli­ments. Unfor­tu­nate­ly I do not have room in my sched­ule right now to offer men­tor­ing.

Elsa - June 9, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Thanks for your advice, Lau­rie. This was just what I need­ed to read today. Thank you for inspir­ing me!

Jennifer Wilcox - September 13, 2013 - 12:14 pm

You took thoughts right out of my head and wrote them beau­ti­ful­ly! I think this post is so full of wis­dom.

Shannon Gray - September 13, 2013 - 1:07 pm

That is like one of my favorite quotes of all time. LOVE John Cusack. Total side note..but total­ly agree…I am cut­ting down on what I agree to shoot and try­ing to shoot only things I want to shoot. My fam­i­ly means much more to me than all of this. I LOVE pho­tog­ra­phy, but 10 years down the road I don’t want to regret not spend­ing that time with my loved ones.

Trisha - September 14, 2013 - 8:44 pm

I am not famil­iar with your work but came across this on a face­book link. Say Any­thing is one of my all-time favorite movies and I agree with every­thing you had to say except the part about if you want an easy overnight job you should become a yoga instruc­tor or sell Tup­per­ware? What makes you think being a yoga instruc­tor is an easy mom­my job? As an accom­plished hob­by­ist in both pho­tog­ra­phy and yoga, I quite think that the yoga instruc­tor might be the more dif­fi­cult route to the easy overnight mom­my job. I don’t know much about Tup­per­ware, but that can’t be easy either. Just say­ing.

Stephen Vosloo - September 15, 2013 - 3:34 am

Loved read­ing this Lau­rie. We need more voic­es like yours in this indus­try. No sug­ar coat­ing the hard work that it takes, no promis­es of star­dom (that only hap­pens for a very for­tu­nate .5 per­cent). Just a healthy dose of real­i­ty wrapped in love and care. Encour­ag­ing peo­ple to pur­sue this craft because they love it. Thank you!

Laurie Sachs - September 15, 2013 - 9:05 am

Hi there, sor­ry no offense was intend­ed. I just picked anoth­er pop­u­lar mom­my job, it wasn’t about yoga or tup­per­ware specif­i­cal­ly. I’ll con­sid­er revis­ing it, though my sneak­ing sus­pi­cion is that if I’d said barista or Skin­ny wraps sales­per­son I’d be hear­ing from them too. It was an off the cuff remark and not intend­ed to demean yoga, I love yoga! and… tup­per­ware :)

Danielle Larson - October 16, 2013 - 6:56 pm

You hit the nail on the head. I’m read­ing this at 10pm, while my hus­band is in bed watch­ing real­i­ty TV, laugh­ing, and dish­es are piled high in the sink. What am I doing? Wait­ing for the pho­tos I just edit­ed to upload for my clients to view their online gallery and I’m killing time. I AM doing too much. I work FT, am a mom­my to a won­der­ful lit­tle boy who will be 4 on Sat­ur­day, and OMG a wife too, I think. I don’t know. I’m always here edit­ing while he’s always there enjoy­ing life. I feel guilty. I just want­ed to share that you are forc­ing me to take a step back and pri­or­i­tize. I need this. THanks!

Erika Scott - January 12, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Hi Lau­rie!

Love your work! I am also a full time moth­er to four busy kid­dos. I love every­thing you wrote here. SO TRUE!!! I’m in the process of build­ing a nat­ur­al night stu­dio (YAY!) & am won­der­ing where you pur­chase your nat­ur­al backdrops/paper. I love the clean look of your photos.…totally my style.

Laurie Sachs - February 4, 2014 - 1:08 pm

I order most of my seam­less from B and H.

[…]   Well I guess this will be more like words of wis­doms. I have found a resources that have stuck with me every time I am feel down about my pho­tog­ra­phy.   Here is a pho­tog­ra­ph­er who takes very beau­ti­ful pic­tures of new­borns, kids, and fam­i­lies. She took time to write to oth­er pho­tog­ra­phers (I am guess­ing that she was get­ting bom­bard­ed with emails).  As a begin­ner I just love how blunt and hon­est she is in this post. http://lauriesachsphotography.com/blog/for-photographers […]

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ann sophie - March 7, 2015 - 6:17 am

Thank you Lau­rie for writ­ing this hon­est advise for Pho­tog­ra­phers, as an adult stu­dent pho­tog­ra­phy ( moth­er of 3, ser­i­al expat that couldn’t do HR in the 5 coun­tries we lived in over the past 12 yrs) it is great to hear your point of view on mak­ing sure you bal­ance it all. So true and so easy to for­get.
One of our lec­tur­ers said there are great por­traitists that nobody knows and mediocre por­traitists that are well known because of who they shoot, celebri­ties etc. And of course there are great pho­tog­ra­phers shoot­ing stars. For me you are the lat­ter, to make fam­i­lies shine, chil­dren glow and babies look as incred­i­bly mirac­u­lous as they are, that is an amaz­ing skill. Kind­est Regards from South Africa

Laurie Sachs - April 27, 2015 - 9:53 am

Thank you so much for your love­ly words!

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