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Sooooooo….we have some big news again, we’ve decided to remain Rochesterians for the long term! As many know we had several doors open for us late last winter as our lease was set to expire at the studio providing what we thought would be perfect timing for a move. Long story short we were ready for a change and decided to try to make the huge move to Miami Florida where we had been working weddings for the past few winters. So we worked out most of the details until we got to the final step of selling our home and that was a door that slammed shut! We had no idea how difficult it was to sell a home in this market!! Geesh! After months of being listed for sale it became apparent to us that this move was a luxury not a necessity and we decided to reevaluate a lot of things. After recently coming to this decision at first I was sad realizing that this fun new start we were planning for our future in Florida was not meant to be. Now back to reality (and our heads are out of the sand,) we are really happy that we are staying!! We have such an amazing family and group of friends and tons of wonderful peers that we work with in this wedding world! Initially in planning our move to Florida we had the goal to book weddings year round enabling us to focus on them solely and coming back to Rochester in the summer months escaping the blistering Florida summers. However after some number crunching we realized that traveling there a few times in the winter would be enough for us to get our annual Florida fix!
The main reaction I’ve received from a few of our clients is “what about the studio?” That is a completely different topic that has gotten lost in the story around our move. The studio was a two year adventure and a lot of fun for the time we had it, however there was no money in the world worth the time that it took both Gregg and I away from family. Over the two years, we almost lost track of our priorities and felt that our relationships with family and friends suffered. The day to day rigors with many weekends and nights on top of our full wedding schedule was very challenging. I started my journey in photography following my passion to document weddings and along the way in the journey I felt compelled to try the full service studio. I’m glad I did it and experienced it. Newborns, puppies, seniors and it was all a whirlwind! However, getting back to my roots of family and passion for weddings guides me down this new path.
Going forward we are going to stay focused on our passion of weddings and we are excited to have such a great group of couples this season! I will continue to offer very limited on location sessions for portrait clients! I want to still be able to offer photography for our loyal past wedding and portrait clients as they enter the next exciting stage in their lives. See the rest of the details on our new web site.
Thanks everyone for taking the time to stop and read this post. We’re so beyond excited for the start of wedding season that starts in less than a month!! YAY!!
-Mandy & Gregg