Covid Made Me Do It



One year old baby in pink romper Milestone Session with Halleigh Hill
Newport Beach | Natural Light | Studio Session

COVID made me do it. We all find ourselves with more time than we could have ever imagined, but do we have more time? Between teaching, cooking, cleaning, entertaining tiny humans, all the goals I had set for this undetermined downtime had been slow to start.

My personal/business COVID goal list looked something like this:

  1. Take an online course
  2. Refine my workflow
  3. Catch up on blogging
  4. Catch up posting on business social media
  5. Update my gallery walls in my home
  6. Put Jeans on once a week
  7. Run 4 miles every morning

Last week the kids had spring break at home, so without having to homeschool, I was finally able to check a few items off the list. Two courses where tackled! Camera Fundamentals course which was a nice refresher AND course in retouching. I really enjoyed learning from Patrick. I picked up so many new tricks that could be a whole blog post in itself.

Number 3.Catch up on blogging sessions. What process! Searching through my archives made me realize how important number 2 on the list is. Although I thought I had my workflow down to a science, overlooking the blog was a HUGE misstep. Looking through sessions and critiquing past work was actually enjoyable. Now I have a action plan to share two past sessions a week. Which will have me caught up in early June.

As we start week 5 of “Staying Home” I plan to keep chipping away at the list. I am hopeful that when this is finally over, my small busieness will be refined well-oiled machine, my skills a little sharper, those 4 daily miles a little easier.

My heart has been breaking being forced into taking time off. These goals hopefully will make my clients who have to wait even happier when we are able to document their moments. A better business owner, a better photographer and a more skilled editor.

What has COVID made you do? Tell me in the comments below and let’s stay connected.

Baby Girl sits at high chair with a sparkly first birthday crown. Photographed by Halleigh Hill
Baby hands & feet. Little girl looking over shoulder in pink romper.
Silly face first birthday milestone session from Halleigh Hill
Mommy and me. Kissing on the cheek. Studio Session with Halleigh Hill

This sweet little milestone session of Ava and her mother Aoife has been long overdue. Shot in late summer of 2019 in my natural light studio, Aofie purchased Ava’s romper on Amazon which I quickly purchased for the studio.

Halleigh Hill is a full-service photography studio specializing in Motherhood, Maternity & Newborns. Her work is drenched in light & filled with the people you love. She is passionate about turning your memories into tangible moments that become heirlooms. Serving Southern California:

Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Mission Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Cypress, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana Heights, Tustin, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Westminster, Long Beach, Culver City, Rancho Palo Verdes.

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