All of us small business owners have at least one thing in common right now – we’re all struggling, – financially, emotionally, and mentally. Those of us with “hands 0n” businesses such as photographers, hair salons, spas, nail salons, massage therapists, etc. , are really missing our clients. (I’ve created a video below of ways to help out local businesses)
As a photographer, it’s vital that I am closed during this time. I always tell my clients that I get “up close and personal” – and I do – not just with my newborn babies – but all of my clients – older babies, children, adults, etc. I get up close and fix positions, clothing, stray hairs, etc. I have to in order to make sure everything is perfect for your portrait. I’ve always and will always put the health and safety of all of my clients ahead of anything else in my business. So Miss Z Photography made the decision to close our doors before the governor ordered it.
That being said (or written, as the case may be), I do know that no matter what, Miss Z Photography WILL reopen when it’s safe to do so. We’ve been in business since 2011 and we will be back and better than before when we reopen. But in the mean time, I miss my clients, I miss my staff, and I miss human interaction. My emotions are all over the place. I’m worried about the virus, I’m worried about our financial situation as not only do I have a 2000 sq foot studio space (and business phone and internet and all of the other still needed monthly charges) to support with $0 income coming in, but my husband has been temporarily laid off from his job. So our family is struggling as well. I’m overwhelmed with doing daily school with my two daughters. With summer on it’s way, I’m longing to be outdoors with crowds of people at beaches, festivals, ball games, etc. But I honestly don’t know if that will be a possibility this year.
But on the positive side – I’m trying to find things both big and small to be grateful about every day. I’m extremely grateful that my family and I are all healthy and safe and we’re all together. I feel lucky I get to spend this bonus time with them.
I’ve also come up with some ways for everybody to not only support my local small business – but a way for everyone to support all of their favorite small businesses. There are some EASY and (most are) FREE ways to help your favorite local business survive until we can safely reopen again.
I’ve created a video highlighting these ways. Please watch and share.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at any time for support. Even if you aren’t a client, or I don’t know you personally – we’re really all in this together. I’m just an email away! Info@missZphotography.com
Abrah, aka “Miss Z”, aka “The Baby Whisperer”, is a multi award winning and internationally published maternity, newborn, baby and child photographer. Her clients come to her from all over New England including Boston, Providence, Cape Cod as well as all over the Southcoast – New Bedford, Dartmouth, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Rochester, Marion, Middleboro, Wareham, Westport, Fall River, Somerset, Swansea, Berkley, Freetown, Taunton, Raynham and beyond. When she’s not capturing gorgeous images for her clients, she’s enjoying family time with her husband, two daughters and tabby cats, Sunny and Stormy. Abrah also enjoys dancing to 80’s music and running (slowly) 5Ks.