I was so not prepared for this pandemic. Who was? I like to watch the news, but we often miss it because we are watching a pre-recorded show and forget to watch the time for the 10 o'clock news. And we hadn't seen it in a very long time before a week ago. So this really snuck up on me. I didn't feel prepared. If I had more time I would have gone and bought some crafts for the kids to do. I would have bought some cheap toys to bring out every so often to break up the monotony of seeing the same things all week long, the living room, the bedroom, the living room again. Ha!
I had to cancel 3 sessions already and who knows what else. One family I hadn't seen in years had family coming in town for this weekend. They wanted to get some updated extended family portraits in their home. Unfortunately that was canceled, as they had family coming in from Washing D.C. who were not going to be able to make it now. After that session I had planned to go photograph one of my favorite clients in their home too, their son turned 1 this week. They were having a small gathering for his birthday party and also wanted some extended family pics while I was there. We decided to cancel that as well to keep with the social distancing. And next week I had to cancel a home shoot for one of my favorite realtors. I will miss seeing her next week because she is always a sweetheart. But it's just not worth the risk of the unknown right now.
On the positive side, we did get that one year old, Lloyd, in the studio just in time before official social distancing began. I'm so glad I was able to see Heather, Jared and Lloyd. They are always so kind and open to my creative ideas. Of course I did miss seeing their adorable pup, Max. But with a one year old cake smash session, probably a good idea to keep Max at home. However he might of liked the cake a bit more than Lloyd did. Ha ha! By the time we were ready to do a viewing session, we decided to start the social distancing. I had a slightly sore throat, which went away the next day, but we thought it best to error on the safe side. Heather and Jared were so patient as we worked through a virtual viewing session. I really appreciate them for their congeniality through that process.
While we don't know exactly what the future holds or when we will be able to hug our neighbors, family or friends again. We have to keep thinking of the positives. My positives right now are how I get to spend as much time as I want with my kids these days, the fact that I got to do a few last outings this weekend with friends and family, my daughter got a new bike just in time for social distancing for something fun to do while stuck at home, that I got to photograph Lloyd's first birthday pictures, that my husband can keep working, even though some of his jobs have been put on hold, that we are in a time of still being able to be virtually social, via social media and FaceTime.
I know we could all use a cute baby to cheer us up, so here ya go. ;)