Upload & Sell: Off
Why throw the towel in?
I'm always curious as to why people call it quits.
Basically, we're starting a family next year, both working, I went back to school, we want more free time together, and weddings stress my wife out. Solo, I could swing the work, school, and weddings, but wife + baby trump the bit of extra money the weddings bring in. There are definitely families that make it work with wedding photography and kids, but we're not one of them.
And since for us, it's always been part time (we each make more from our day jobs than last and this year's wedding profits put together), she'd rather have the extra time than extra money, and I can't blame her. Things would possibly be different if, say, we had experienced enough success to drop our day jobs and do it full time, or if I weren't going to school, but the way things are, shutting down the business is how we're going to handle it. Finishing school will allow me to get a better teaching job than the one I currently have, and ideally allow my wife to drop down to part time in her job while giving us both a couple of months off each summer. And the last thing my wife wants to do is shoot other people's lives all summer long.