“If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.”
Most days I feel like a duck. In the words of Michael Caine, ‘calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath‘.
I am sure you understand, because I have a feeling we are all a little duck-y. For photographers in particular, come September and things kick into high gear. Suddenly the inquiries start flooding the inbox because Fall signals family photographs. My theory is that it is the combination of the kids starting a new year of school and the fact that everyone looks great in jeans, a sweater and boots.
The other day I had lunch with a friend and we were chatting about this and that. I told her about my feet paddling away underneath the surface, sometimes feeling like I was going around in circles. She understood. My elder daughter started 4th grade. Next year it will be 5th and then out of the nest that is Elementary school and into the minefield of Middle school. All too quickly. Paddling paddling paddling. Being there for them. Being there for my clients. Here, there, everywhere. Nowhere.
My friend asked, ‘If you could give up your photography business to slow down that furious paddling, would you?“. I was surprised at my own answer. Without skipping a beat, I replied : YES. And we sat in silence just absorbing what I had said. I don’t understand why I said that. I am a little shocked that I did. But the last few days I have been sitting with that answer wondering and wondering. Seven years to build up a business, one client at a time. Hundreds of clients later, a simple question and an answer that made me feel, for an instant, that I had stopped paddling and was able to look around and see what I had built and enjoy it.