What does a photographer do in January?

Happy (belated) New Year!  The end of 2012 was a very busy time for Michelle Deemer Photography!  I had a very busy fall with photography sessions several times per month from October through December.  On a personal note, my family capped off 2012 with a wonderful extended family trip to Disney World and a truly warm and memorable Christmas.

Of course, after Christmas, we turned the calendar to 2013 and welcomed January, the worst month of the entire year.

I hate January.  I really, really hate January.  It’s my least favorite month.  I can’t stand the cold.  There’s nothing exciting about January, and it’s always a big letdown from the fun of the holidays.  I just hate it.  I don’t like February much either, of course, but I can usually get through it by reminding myself that it’s a short month.  And even if March is cold (as it often is in Pittsburgh!), I spend the entire month chanting the mantra they taught us in Kindergarten: “in like a lion, out like a lamb.”

But there are no cute sayings for January.  It is the most depressing month of the year.

And it was made more depressing by the fact that I had no photography clients in January 2013.

My Puggle, LeoNow, January-March tends to be the “slow” season for photographers anyway, so this is not entirely unexpected.  And my day job was actually VERY busy, so it was probably a bit of a blessing in disguise, but I still found myself missing the fast-paced photography schedule I kept from October through December.

So I decided to take advantage of the “lull” and sharpen my skills a bit: I took a photography class through Flying Photo School, an online photography program.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I did learn some new tips and tricks, so it was definitely worth the time, money and effort.  It also forced me to take pictures like the one at right. This is my puggle, Leo, and the photo was taken in very low light, but you probably can’t tell, right?  Thanks to this class, I learned how to deal with difficult lighting without always turning to my flash.

I also used some of the tricks from the class to take this photograph of my dad and my two sons.  I think this may be my new favorite Grandfatherphoto of these three, because I just love how they are looking at each other and clearly having a good time.   Honestly, this picture should be posted next to the word “grandfather” in the dictionary!

So even though I absolutely hate the month of January, I made the most of it.  Thank goodness it’s February.  At least it’s a short month!

One final note: just because many people do not hire lifestyle, on-location photographers in the coldest months of the year, that does not mean that you can’t!  If you’re considering booking a session with Michelle Deemer Photography, give me a call today.  Winter can be a truly beautiful time to capture memorable photographs for your family!  I’ll even bring along the hot cocoa!