It has been a Helluva year!!!
I have been very remiss with my Blog entries for the past 11 months. I ask your indulgence for what turned out to be a "HELLUVA" Year.
When I reopened the Studio in July 2020 it was with great hope that we would be looking at the Covid-19 Pandemic in the rearview mirror. Little did we know that we were looking at many more months of restrictions and fear. My Studio allowed me to continue photographing Families, Couples and Headshots into January of 2021. The studio is large and we can maintain safe distances as well as keeping all the equipment and props sanitized in between clients.
I began the modified Covid-19 season with a small intimate wedding at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. Rachel and Michael traveled from Florida to be married on the Maine coast. The fog rolling in added atmosphere to an already great day for a wedding.
This was but the beginning of a great year for the studio and my photography, despite the pandemic that was raging around us. The following months were filled with Elopements, Weddings, Engagements, Birthday Parties, Family and Individual Portraits and Prints. So very welcome, Prints. I love it when a client sees the need for a slice of time to be presented on the walls of their home or office.
December of 2020 came rushing forward and it was time to make a decision. My left knee had been going from bad to worse all year and I had finally decided it as time for a total knee replacement. The only question had been When.... As it usually does, business was slowing down as the calendar was getting closer to Christmas. So, January 2021 looked like it was going to be the time I could afford to close the studio for a couple of months to recuperate from the surgery. It was necessary to take a Covid-19 test about a week prior to the surgery, so I scheduled it for January 5th, and the surgery on January 11th.
Then I was contacted by a friend whose daughter and husband were home for Christmas. Could I possibly do a family photo before he left for Advanced Training in the Army on January 5th. I scheduled them for a Studio Session on January 4th. One more client before the surgery. The photo shoot went very well and was a lot of fun.
The Covid-19 test was negative and the surgery was performed on January 11th, as scheduled. All seemed to go very well, and the knee pain was a thing of the past. I was ecstatic and home on the 15th. Androscoggin Home Health was scheduled for Physical Training to strengthen the joint and teach it to bend properly. The PT therapist noticed that something was not quite right with the incision. Back to the Doctor I went and sure enough, there was an infection. Serious enough to send me back to the hospital on February 5. The reopened the incision, cleaned it out, replaced a part, and put me back together again. Only this time I was to go home with a pic line and administer large doses of antibiotics to myself. For those of you who don't know, a pic line is fed through a vein to the heart, and extends outside the body so antibiotics can be fed directly into the blood stream. I would have this for the next 42 days, Oh joy! To complicate matters, there was also a hole in my incision that did not heal properly and would have to be looked after by the Wound Center for the next couple of months.
It is now mid-March and I am ending the time for heavy doses of antibiotics and the pic line. By next week I will find out if I have a clean bill of health on the infection. The wound in my knee is slowing healing. Something that takes longer in a diabetic.
All in all, I am looking at reopening the Studio by April 1st and scheduling events soon after. I can hardly wait to be working with clients once again and being behind the lens. I also have two web sites; my people photography at Jim Walker Photography and and my travel and wildlife photography
If any of you, or your friends, have the need for a new portrait, an engagement session, a small wedding, Birthday party or any event you would like to record for the future, please give me a call at 207-650-0200 so we can chat. Please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I hope to see many of you this spring.
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