Before I start, there is a FAQ at the bottom of this page if you don't feel like reading.
As of August 10, 2021, I am officially closing my calendar for 2021 and have no more availability.
On that note, I am announcing that I am taking a small photography hiatus in 2022. I will be completing the weddings that are already booked, and still photographing some repeat clients and friends. I will still be pretty select with shooting repeat clients and friends, it will really be based on a month-by-month basis and what I already have going on. My main goal is to drastically slow it down next year; not stop completely. Which is why I am calling it a small hiatus.
I’ll be keeping my website and social medias fresh and updated, but I am not opening bookings for new clients for 2022. I will return to normal business in 2023, but can’t guarantee the complimentary engagement sessions for 2023 weddings (if the session would have to take place in 2022). So if you’re planning a wedding in 2023 or wanting a session that year, you can still reach out to me!
The past two years have been incredibly busy, and taxing. While I am so incredibly thankful and blessed that so many people have trusted me with their pictures, their vacation memories, and their weddings; it was a lot. And really fast. In 2020 I did 150% more work than 2019. 2021 has already been incredibly busy and I already have 5 weddings booked for 2022! I am so appreciative of the business and the amazing people I’ve been able to work with.
I want to share with y'all a few of the reasons I'm deciding to take a small break. Not out of obligation, but because I genuinely want to share with you. I have friends that will be experiencing major life changes in 2022 (like babies, marriages, moving out of state, etc) and I want to set aside time to be there and be present for them. As well as for my husband and my marriage. Time with my family and my husband's family. And most importantly, my mental health. I have be in non-stop hustle mode for two years. Weekends of shooting, weekday evenings of shooting + editing. Weekdays I'm working my full-time 8-5 job. Missing my family and out-of-town friends has taken a toll. It’s caused strain. And frankly, I need a small break. I’m afraid if I keep pushing at this pace, I’ll start hating the one thing I’m passionate about.
Thank you all for your continued support of Sarah Michelle Photography. I’m sad I’ll miss out on potential new clients for 2022, but excited about the personal growth, time off, and reflection 2022 will bring.
Are you still booking for 2021?
As of August 10, 2021 I have officially closed my calendar and have no more availability.
Will you take on any clients during your 2022 Hiatus?
I will be taking on repeat clients and friends, on a month-by-month basis. Repeat clients and friends make up a good portion of my clientbase, so I still have to be careful about not saying "Yes!" to all of them. For the most part, I still plan to do 1 weekend per month and a maximum of 2 weekday sessions per month.
I'm wanting a session in 2023, can I still inquire and book?
Yes! I fully plan on returning to a somewhat-normal workload in 2023. If you're visiting the area on vacation and want famly photos, go ahead and fill out my contact form. If you're getting married in 2023, fill out that form!
I'm getting married in 2023; will we still get the complementary enagement session?
This will be on a case-by-case basis. If you are getting married later in 2023 and can do the engaement earlier that year, then yes! But if you're needing the engagement session in 2022, it will depend on my availability and what is already booked. If we don't get to do the engagement session due to my hiatus, I will add on one complementary hour to your wedding package.
I already have a wedding/session booked for 2022, will you still be doing it?
Yes! I will be happily completing all sessions that are already booked with the retainer. If you have a pending inquiry where I told you I was available, I will honor that as well. I am not stopping photography completely in 2022, just taking a small hiatus and slowing it down drastically.