The Times, They Are A-Changin'

It's been quiet around *here* for a while, but in real life, everything has been something like a thrill ride with many twists, turns, loops, and primal screams and we plunge towards the unknown. But man, it's been great. And like the wise Mr. Dylan has mused, the times, they are a changin'. 

So where have I been? Around. I'm going to be honest here, I need a break from weddings. When I moved to San Francisco I wasn't ready to dive into rebuilding my photography business in the way I knew I needed to. I took some wedding work here and there, but it still didn't feel quite right. It wasn't quite me. I knew I had to get out before I started truly despising what I was doing. It wasn't fair to you, my darling clients, to have a half focused me. So I took a much, much needed break. I travelled the world. I rested my soul. I took care of myself and let the things that were causing stress and worry take a back seat. It was just the refresher I needed to feel reconnected to the kind of photography work that I have always loved and can't wait to get back to.

Oh, also I had a baby. Yup, that's right! We found out we were expecting in January of 2014. Let me tell you, pregnancy was not fun for me. I was not one of those "pregnancy is beautiful and I love it" people. Nope, not at all. It hurt, I cried a lot, and I never slept (seriously, I slept way better the first few days after she was born than I did the last few months of pregnancy). It was a rough few months! So my break from photography couldn't have happened at a better time.

But our little Miss A. has made all that hard work worth it! She was born September 16 (a day after my birthday!) and she came into this world with a quiet, gentle sweetness and beauty, and she continues to share that with us every single day. I'm so lucky to have her and our sassiness in our lives. We've been adjusting to being a family of 5-- me, Brian, Atari (dog), Zelda (cat) and Miss A. It's been quite an adventure so far, and I can't wait for what's to come.

So... what about all that photography stuff? Yes, I'm ready for new clients. But things are going to be different this time around. I refuse to stretch myself so thin this time. What this means is that I'll be more limited in availability for weddings each month. I'll also take on a few lifestyle portrait clients each month as well. I'm not going to run myself crazy like I did before, and that means I'll be better able to take better care of you (my clients), myself, and my family. A better experience for all involved! Hooray!

So, world, I'm ready for you, camera in hand! I'm now accepting clients for 2015 and 2016 weddings as well as lifestyle photography sessions! If you're interested in working together, feel free to email me at hello@ilianaphoto.com whenever you're ready!