I ran across this blog post this morning, while trying to locate a DIFFERENT blog, but happy that I did make the wrong turn. Karen talks about the fact that she had to shut down her photography business because of the MS (too much walking and dragging equipments around made it too hard on her.) I had a photography business, and although it was small, it WAS the thing that I would DO once the kids were all in school and I started back to work. Even after the DX I thought it could be a great way to work while having MS, but the MS actually took that option away for me too. Although my issues were a bit different: I used to “natural” photos of babies/toddlers/kids. AKA I would chase your kid around the park or beach, catching those precious, natural, unprompted moments and smiles. Being an EXTREME kid lover, this was ideal for me. I always said I didn’t think I was an exceptional photographer, I was just exceptionally good with kids. I can always get them to feel comfortable and laugh and smile, and that is what I could capture.
But the shaking in my hands made it so that I couldn’t hold the camera still to focus. And the cane/Segway made it nearly impossible to “chase” kids. I did try more “formal” photographs for a bit (posed family portraits, even some studio stuff) but it was so forced and un-natural. NOT what my pics were about, so I packed it in. Reading Karen’s blog about the new business she created and hearing about WHO is coming to have the photos taken, and WHY, is simply AWESOME! The photos are beautiful, and I bet it really DOES help many that need a confidence boost or to build their self-esteem!