There have been so many changes to Heidi Hope Photography over the past year. We have quickly grown from a part time business run by a stay-at-home-mom only a year ago, to a two-floor studio with a family of employees today. I feel so incredibly lucky to wake up and do what I love everyday. I feel blessed to have clients who have become like family to me and to have the privilege to watch and capture their children as they grow. Even when I am furiously editing for a gallery deadline at 3 in the morning, this career still doesn’t feel like “work” to me.
My big announcement is that our family here at Heidi Hope has a new addition who I couldn’t be more thrilled about welcoming. No, I am not pregnant (as some of you have been asking). I’m busy enough with everyone else’s babies these days! Our new addition is my husband Shaun. He is leaving the corporate world, at least for the time being, to be our general manager. I’d like you all to get to know him, as he will probably be who answers the phone when you call, returns your emails, or answers your questions before the session.
Shaun and I met in college almost 10 years ago now. He was a Finance major, and I a Fine Arts major. Completely opposite. We are still opposites. Shaun thinks logically, I think creatively. He is neat and I leave my stuff everywhere. He throws everything away and I am a pack rat. He remembers names and numbers, I remember faces and outfits. He could tell you the license plate of the first car I drove or remember where I placed my keys when I walked in the door. Let me tell you, I lose my keys A LOT. Shaun has been here for one week and the bills are paid ahead of time, the laundry is done a day early, and you can actually see the top of my desk!
Do we have anything in common? We do. Family. It is the most important thing to both of us. While I feel like many of my clients have become family to me over the past year, now I truly feel as though this is a family business. We want our clients to feel at home in the studio. We want them to get to know us and our daughter. We want them to be part of our family here!
It will certainly be a big change, but one we feel very excited to make. I have been so sad to turn away new parents again and again as we have been fully booked month after month. I know that every newborn changes so quickly, and I want to be able to take on more clients and capture those special moments for them. Having Shaun here to run the business will allow me to focus more on photography so I don’t have to say “no” to so many of you in the future! Get ready for some new session openings this spring and if you visit the studio, you’ll see we have doubled our square footage. You no longer have to look at my messy desk! I promise to post some photos of our new space soon.