So, here’s the truth: I am closing Klocke Photography once and for all.
I told myself when I started accepting sessions again that if I ended up in pain again, it would be the last time. Apparently, it takes me three times to finally make a decision.
I am currently having one of the worst flare-ups I’ve had in a long time. Last week, both my hands went numb again. Though my health issues never went away or got better, I found ways to manage my symptoms and pain. Some days are better than others. But lately, it’s just been bad.
This is coming out of one of the most successful, busiest seasons I’ve ever had. I am grateful and feel absolutely blessed by all the men, women, and children I’ve had the chance to meet and work with. But this is the third strike. This is the third time I have attempted business and it has landed me in a very bad place.
On top of that, I have had very little time for life itself, for the writing I restarted, for my new speaking career. I come home from work from the pregnancy center and then dive back into business work. I’m totally fine with this for something I love but…
I have to be honest: I don’t looooooove being in business. I love meeting people and making beautiful pictures, but I don’t love business. I don’t love photography in the way some of my wonderful photographer friends do. After the pain begins, I start dreading every session. I know in the moment, it’ll be fun, but I will suffer for it. I don’t love sitting for hours working on sessions and print orders and sending reminders and on and on. If I’m behind my computer, I really want it to be because I’m writing.
In the past, I said I would continue to work with established clients. But I find that is just unrealistic if I am to make the time I need for other endeavors as well as to have the ability to photograph my own family and continue the gift sessions I offer through my pregnancy center. But I can absolutely recommend a handful of wonderfully talented photographers who I call dear friends, so please ask.
At this time, I will of course fulfill all offers made (gifts and family and friends) but am not accepting any more sessions.
Honestly, the biggest deciding point for me as I tried to figure out how to do this or what was next was this: I know I won’t get to the end of my life wishing I had more sessions, but I DO know I’d regret never having time for family, friends, and my writing. I’m not passionate about photography the way others are, nor am I am passionate about it the way I am for writing and advocacy/awareness. And like everyone else, I only have so many hours in my life.
So, I am so grateful for each of you. I will continue to take photos for wall art, etc., but I won’t continue with monthly contests or posting here on this page. Maybe you hang out to see more about life as I move back into writing and speaking, or maybe we just connect as friends (https://www.facebook.com/angklocke). Either way, I am so grateful and honored that so many of you have trusted me with your precious memories or have followed my work.
Love your everyday life, friends. We only have so many…
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