What am I thankful for this Thanksgiving? YOU!

Wow what a huge year it has been for Bonnie Raley Photography!!  At this time of year when it’s natural to reflect on what we are thankful for I’d like to let you know what is swirling around in my head.

First and foremost, I’m so thankful for my amazing family and beautiful children.  They make life ever so fun!
As  a photographer and for my business, I want to say THANK YOU to all the amazing clients I had this year and for those who continue to keep coming back!  I’ve enjoyed meeting you, becoming friends with you and watching your families grow.
I would be completely remiss if I did not mention the Main Line Parent award I won earlier this year.  Main Line Parent readers voted Bonnie Raley Photography the Best Family Photographer for 2015!!   Wow!   Really!?  I know I’m not really the best as the talent in our area is outstanding!!  But my devoted and lovely clients took the time to vote and leave such sweet comments which led to the win.  The feedback I hear from you daily, weekly, monthly make this job so rewarding and fulfilling.  I hope the memories I help to create for you and your future generations are priceless to you.
This year was certainly an incredible year for the business and it came with unexpected growth.  At times I would go to bed and wake up to four more inquiries.  It has left me contemplating what is next for Bonnie Raley Photography.
Do I branch out and open a retail studio?
Do I hire staff to continue this upward momentum?
Those are just a few questions I have had to ask myself.
The answer I have landed on is that I like my business the way it is.  I want to leave the work (the shooting, the editing, the emails and the phone calls) to me.  It’s my name. My business.  And it’s me you are hiring inevitably.  So while the fanciful side of me envisions my name on a storefront and having a parking space all my own and seeing the hustle and bustle of double the clientele buzzing around “my studio” ….. I have made the conscious decision to not go that route.
For 2016, I will be limiting my sessions each month.  This will allow for a better balance of family life and work time. Once booked I won’t be making exceptions.  So, my plea to you is, sign up for my email list (click here) and stay abreast of what is going on with my business.  Plan early If you think you may want a session in 2016.  I’ve already had one person inquire for a session for next fall!  🙂
So hop on over periodically to my Facebook page if you haven’t seen any posts in a while.  Or pop on over to my blog or always feel free drop me a note to bonnieraleyphotography@gmail.com.  My email list will definitely be the best way to stay current of what is going on around the studio and any specials I may have going or themed sessions I’m dreaming up.
Thank you again to all of YOU!  This is an amazing journey for me and my family and I owe it 100% to you.
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