When you’re pregnant, it’s easy to get scared by all the information out there. Hell, you log onto one “mommy group” and within hours you’re petrified of things you didn’t even know existed before you logged in. There’s a lot of scary things out there and you don’t want to dwell on all of them or you’d go crazy! As a business owner, though, you do need to put plans in place for some of the more common “what if” situations. Preparing for the what if’s during pregnancy is part of running a successful wedding photography business.
There are so many what if’s when you’re pregnant. What if you miscarry? What if you end up on bedrest? What if your baby comes early? What if you end up with pre-eclampsia? What if you have to cancel a wedding? What if you don’t have time to edit? What if your morning sickness is so bad you can’t function? What if I get pregnancy induced carpal tunnel and can’t hold my camera? What if my feet get so swollen I can’t drive anymore? How do I pump on weddings days? How do I see my family if I’m always working on weekends? I could go on but seeing as your blood pressure has probably already spiked after reading this paragraph, I won’t say much more.
While it’s impossible to prepare for all the what if’s, it’s important that you acknowledge that pregnancy may not be a total walk in the park for you and that you may have to deal with a few bumps in the road.
Throughout the articles in our “What to expect when you’re a pregnant wedding photographer” series we talk about some of the more common “what if” situations and provide insight on things you can do to manage and plans you can put in place. If you want a brief summary of what you can do to prepare for the “what if’s” I would suggest three things:
- Always keep enough money saved that you can easily return a deposit
- Make a list of all the photographer’s who would be a great backup for you in terms of style and approach and keep their contact info handy in case you ever need to use it.
- Find a company to outsource your editing to and do it soon after you get pregnant. It generally takes a few weddings for an editing company to truly grasp your style so it’s important to go through the “growing pains” of working with a new editor before you desperately need their services and are on tight timelines.
Being pregnant isn’t easy and being a business owner isn’t easy; but with enough forethought and support from your community, you’ll be able to tackle any situation that arises. You can do this!