Monday, October 1, 2012

A Painful and Uncomfortably Honest Goodbye

For some time, maybe even a year, I have been fighting an internal battle. I love my job. It has challenged me, and inspired me and introduced me to wonderful people. It has allowed me to do very special things for my family, and for others in this world. But it has also been a catalyst for turmoil in my personal life. It has created stressful situations in which I fail to respond in the right way. It has strained my relationship with my husband and my children because I have let it take top priority too often. It has given me an excuse to neglect my responsibilities to my family, my church, my community.

This is a problem I have seen many colleagues in photography struggle with. I'm sure it is not the job itself, but my own failings that have created this situation. I have not been able to find BALANCE between work and life. Perhaps because I am so passionate about photography and so invested in delivering an exceptional experience for my clients, the job becomes all-consuming.  Over the years, I have found myself falling short more and more in all of my roles. I don't feel lately that I can give my very best self to anyone; not my clients, my children, my husband, my family, my friends, or my God, because I have stretched myself so thin. I feel that I am wasting the time God has given me on this Earth.

I love my clients. I do. I love creating beautiful memories for them to cherish in the years to come. I believe wholly in the value of that. But I also believe that there are even more valuable ways I am being called to spend my time. I want to invest myself in my children more fully, and in my marriage. I want to make a difference in deep, meaningful, tangible ways for those suffering in this world. I've devoted THOUSANDS of hours to photography, and I can't help but wonder what a difference I might have made in this world had I devoted that time and energy to the survival and salvation and quality of life of the people around me. I have prayed about this. I have IGNORED the quiet voice inside me when it has tried to answer my prayers about this. I can't ignore it any longer. I know the right thing to do, even though it is hard to accept on some levels.

I am being called away from the business of photography. I am not sure what I am being called TO. I know that my heart is aching for the hungry, for the oppressed; for the orphans and the asylum seekers. I don't yet know how or where or what God wants me to do about that ache. But I know I need to slow down, and find some peace and quiet where I can hear what He is trying to tell me. This does not mean I am putting my camera down. Perhaps there is a place or a reason for me to use it where God is leading me. But it does mean that I will not be taking on new clients for the forseeable future. I am so grateful to all of you, who have supported me and encouraged me in my journey as a photographer. I'm sad to be walking away, but I know that this is the right choice for my family and myself. I am excited to start a new chapter in my life, even though leaving behind the old is not without pain and sacrifice.  Thank you so much for your support these past years. I appreciate you!

If you are looking for a portrait or wedding photographer in Enumclaw, I can highly recommend the following talented and experienced professionals:

Heather Boren Photography
Angie Cox Photography

In the surrounding communities of King and Pierce Counties, including Tacoma and Seattle:

Affinity Photography
Kamieo Photography
Sauro's Photography
Prissy Piggies
Jennifer Tibbetts Photography
Esha Hart Photography
Photography by Jamelyn
RINMAN photography
Jessica May Photography
Lisa Lovely Photography 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Make A Difference Mini Sessions {Enumclaw Photographer}

I was really moved by a recent report on ABC Nightline about the hunger crisis in Niger. I felt compelled to take action, which led to the birth of the Make A Difference Mini Session Event. Every penny of your session fee goes to World Vision to help provide relief to those suffering in West Africa. This is a special, one-time, mini session price that you will never see again, so act now to get beautiful pictures of your family, at amazing prices, and at the same time, help a hungry child on the other side of our world. Spaces are filling up quickly, so please contact Cari Berry Photography today!

Monday, May 28, 2012

{Enumclaw Photographer} Memorial Day in Pictures

Today I took my kids to our local cemetery for a little lesson in the meaning of Memorial Day. It was beautiful with all the flowers and flags everywhere. My little girl asked, "Can we touch the flags?" and when I saw this through my lens, I was so glad I said yes.

On our way home, we stopped at the Enumclaw Veteran's Memorial Park and found a local veteran lighting a fire and preparing to keep watch all night....

Though like many Americans, my family will spend Memorial Day at a backyard barbecue, we never forget the sacrifices made that allow us to celebrate in such blessed freedom and safety. A huge thank you to all those serving our country and their families - God Bless You this Memorial Day, and in all the days to come...

Thursday, May 3, 2012

{Enumclaw Baby Photographer} Then and Now

This time last year, I was up to my eyeballs in newborn sessions :)  Fast forward about 12 months, and that means a rush of 1-year old sessions. What an honor to join these special families in watching their precious children grow! I'm blessed and thankful to be the one chosen to capture such important milestones!

Enjoy this little peek at some recent one-year olds, and how they looked through my lens one year ago....

Monday, April 2, 2012

Announcing Spring Mini Sessions in Enumclaw!

Cari Berry Photography is now scheduling Spring Mini Sessions! Just $35 for a 20 minute session and 10-15 online proofs. Lots of fun Spring props and bright colors! A what-to-wear guide and wardrobe consultation are included so that your kiddos will look their absolute best! Contact Cari Berry Photography to book your mini session today!

When: Saturday, April 21st from 10 am to 4 pm

Where: Enumclaw, WA

Who: kids and pets only please, no more than 3

How much: $35 + tax, due at the time of booking
to reserve your appointment

Includes: 20 minute session plus 10-15 online proofs

Reserve your mini session here:

the following times are still available:

12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
3:30 pm

Monday, February 27, 2012

3 Months New {Enumclaw Baby Photographer}

Meet 3 month old Adie! Isn't she just the sweetest little thing ever!?