So, this will probably be a post that gets several follow ups over the years, but here is part one :)
Why do I do this? Recently, I have been reflecting on the various pieces that make up my crazy, hectic life:
It may not sound like a lot to some, but it keeps me busy most days of the week with little time to focus on myself. In recent discussions, I've been told that I have to find more time for me and that something has to give in order for that to happen. When I look at the above list, I am simply unwilling to give any of it up. When the idea of cutting back on the photography is presented, I fiercely protect it and refuse to consider decreasing the amount of time I spend on it. So why?
It is pretty simple to me, I love it. It satisfies some deep need to be creative, to interact in unusual situations, and create a bond with someone new. I love revealing a side, a look, an image that the person didn't expect. I'm fascinated by people and the way they express themselves. Capturing that is an honor and a joy. Photography centers around celebrating happy and joyful moments in someone else's life.
That being said, I am now focused on delivering for the right clients instead of accepting all clients that come my way. My best comes from being comfortable as a photographer and if it isn't a match, then no one ends up happy. Hopefully my style and rates keep attracting the right clients!
I think this blog post says it better than I can: http://blog.trushots.com/2010/04/when-is-it-ok-to-say-no.html