Sold the lot. Yep, made the decision (been thinking about it for a while) and put it all up on Facebook and a couple of forums in Australia. Sold it all in less than a week, with most of it going within the first 8 hours of it hitting the net.
I have too much on my plate, am spread too thin and am trying to be good at everything. Dabbling in weddings, done about 8 now, real estate photography, lost count, portraits, baby, wildlife, macro, landscape, astro, even a bit of product and corporate work.
With a full time job, back to school to get quals in conservation and land management, a toddler to look after, outdoor adventuring, my creative side int he workshop... the list goes on... it's just impossible.
I'm a bit shell shocked and gutted actually. It all went so fast. About to head out bush in the kayak over Christmas with no camera, I won't know myself.
My photography is going nowhere, nothing is selling. Customers are few and far between. Pushing the business and developing my skills has been fairly fruitless in returns for the amount of effort exerted.
I've been at this since 2010 as a professional and earlier as an amateur enthusiast. Nobody has been buying my stuff save for a very small few. Not enough to make it all worth it. I've pushed and pushed magazines, TV, Radio, church, friends, family, internet forums, Facebook, newspapers, CSIRO, National Geographic, Australian Geographic, Wildlife parks, and much MUCH more and NO-ONE, but NO-ONE is interested. Photos might be good and I thank all my friends for their moral support, but no one is buying.
It's OK though, I'm not bitter by any means. I just have come to an impasse and have taken a great deal of heavy-hearted thought to change directions and pour all into my passion of sharing God's creation of the universe through the telescope. There's plenty of very good wildlife photographers out there who can step up in my stead.
I'll be upgrading the observatory and specialising in astrophotography only now.
So far I've made enough money and gone and bought this! Picked it up in Sydney yesterday but haven't had time to scratch my arse yet so I haven't played with it.
I've also ordered this to go on top of it. It arrives in mid-February.