What a year 2018 has been

What a year 2018 has been

2018 has been a big year. Both as a parent and as a business owner.

The year started with having a 6 week old baby boy. I was a new mum who had no idea what she was doing with this adorable little bundle. Thankfully, as the year has gone on I've started to work out how to be a mum to my now 1 year old. Now if we could get him to sleep through the night then that would be great.

My little boy who is now definitely not so little.

Photography by Kate had been on hold for a little bit as Sam took all my time and energy for the first 6 months of the year. When he started to sleep a bit better and not be up all hours of the night, I had the energy to start thinking about business again.

I'd been trying to work on my new website for over a year but finally decided to jump in and finally get my website done and out there. It took a lot of work but in September I launched the new site. There were a week of specials and new products.

I really appreciated all your support during the launch and the whole time I've been in business.

It's been a challenge learning about running a business while being a mum. I have this passion for my business but my family comes first. I'm having to learn how to balance it all. It is still something that I struggle with. I haven't found many nature photographers out there who are mums too so get the feeling it might not be as common as a I'd like.

The hardest thing has been that Sam has never been a good sleeper and so for a long time he wanted mum to help him go to sleep. This meant that I couldn't go do sunset shoots and was limited with my time away from Sam. Of course he came first and I love being his mum but photography is something that I've always loved and is something that I've discovered I need to do. Photography is my way of relaxing and losing myself in something for a while. When I found I didn't have the time to do it, I realised just how much I missed it.

One of the beautiful sunsets I managed to capture this year.

I want 2019 to be a big year for Photography by Kate. I feel like I say that every year and it doesn't happen. I also feel like maybe this year will be different. My mind set is different so that can make a world of difference.

I hope that 2019 is a wonderful year for you. What are your plans for 2019?

Happy new year!
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