Over the last two years, I’ve been asked almost weekly how I balance parenting with two jobs. In the last week alone, I’ve received two DMs on Instagram from other photog-moms asking me this question, too. Ironically, I started writing this blog post about juggling it all as a mom, teacher and Boston family photographer a month ago. I’m struggling to do the very thing I’m here writing about, so this post has been been delayed countless times!
First and foremost, I think it’s worth mentioning that I am NOT a classroom teacher. I was for several years, but I’m a Reading Specialist now. While I do have to spend about an hour lesson planning each night, that’s about 1/2 of what I was doing when I was a classroom teacher. There is no doubt that I would not be able to run a photography business if I were back in the classroom.
Secondly, I limit myself to 4-6 sessions a month from September to June. I don’t budge either. It’s SO HARD to say no to people, especially to friends and clients who have been with me for years. Sanity and time with Greyson is far more important though. The other thing that really helps is that I spend virtually no time commuting. I live in Waltham and work in Watertown, so everything I do on a daily basis is within a 3-mile radius. Similarly, I limit my travel radius for my photography clients. Sure, I do a fair amount of traveling around the Boston area for family photo sessions, but I cap it at 45 minutes from Waltham. Most outdoor sessions are actually right up the road from my house.
Finally, I make good use of free pockets of time. I respond to emails from my phone while I’m at the dog park. I edit while I eat my lunch every day. If I get up early enough in the mornings, I’ll edit then. After I’m done lesson planning at night, I’ll edit again. Now, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that juggling things is easy. Butttt, by setting boundaries and not being afraid to say no, it’s certainly doable!