Side-lined – lakewood, chautauqua, bemus, ny photographer

This is the time of year where my classes are a wrap for the summer and I take on the crazy of more than full time shooting. It is a truly hectic season May – Nov, I work really hard at what I do, but also enjoy it so much.

The first week in June I was taking a horse back riding lesson, where things went badly and I came off. The accident resulted in a concussion, whiplash, and a completely shattered arm and elbow.  I had emergency surgery that required extensive hardware to reconstruct and complications that required a week long hospital stay. After coming home I was sent back to the hospital two additional times and the culmination of it all has made for a very traumatic run.

I’m currently four weeks out from the accident and still feeling really weak, but hoping things improve a bit faster over time. The doctors have made it clear that my arm will never be the same, and out of commission entirely for 4-6 months.  I am hoping with therapy starting next week, I can get things back to work much sooner!  I injured my right and dominant arm, and that has made life a little more complicated. I am working to edit left handed to finish already captured sessions, and once I regain my strength I plan to get creative and find ways to shoot and function.
This has been devastating personally, but is also so difficult professionally as I’m having to cancel, refer out, or reschedule all of my summer sessions, that were booked so long before now. In nine years of shooting I’ve never had to cancel a session, and I am so invested in every client, that this has been very disappointing.

I write all of this to slow the summer inquiries coming from this site. I appreciate the interest so much, and would have loved to work each family in. I am trying to keep up with responding to each one, and it’s overwhelming. The reality is I will not be able to schedule anything for July or August. If I am able, very late summer, I will be trying to shoot those already on my calendar.

For clients interested in fall sessions, (particularly late fall) I ask that you please still consider me. I’m hopeful that by then I’ll be back in the game, but I won’t know until it nears a bit. I will post here and on Facebook when I’m able to schedule sessions again, in the meantime I can be reached through my website if needed.

Thank you all for your patience, and I’m sorry to those of you I have not been able to shoot.

Below are a few images on my desktop at the moment …

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