Dragon Hare – Vermilion Portrait Studio

To our Dragon Hare Family,

For the past almost eight years, our studio has been located in the Lakeland Mall in Vermilion.  Across those years, I have created a lot of art within those walls.

Seven years ago, a beautiful boy came into our life that was more fragile than his older siblings.  From almost the first day, we have struggled to balance his health challenges with the other four children and our studio.

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It hasn’t been easy, but I like to think that we were able to cover up how hard it has been to keep going.

This past winter was brutal.  We watched our son lose the strength he worked so hard to gain the year before.  He now requires daily therapy. Due to his lack of diagnosis and his age, we have no help with it.

We just learned he has more than a dozen food allergies that requires us to completely change how we cook.  I’ve never made cashew cheese or coconut yogurt, but I need to learn how.

It has become clear in the past few months that something has to change because I feel like I’m juggling a lot and failing at it all.  I don’t like feeling like that.

I simply can’t keep up, I can’t make it look seamless anymore.

My portrait art is such a huge part of who I am.  It’s my heartbeat, my zen if you will.

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On THE worst day of the past year in battling the world of medical challenges, I went out and created an album of images for a client that were by far my best.  I came home smiling when I had left crying. I was able to find joy when I couldn’t find it anywhere else.

I can’t give that up.

But I can slow down a little.

We can close the studio and I can do my art on a part time basis until we find a doctor that can identify what is going on, diagnose it so we can get help right now as what we do for him, it isn’t working anymore.

This isn’t goodbye.  Dragon Hare is not closing.  It’s not that at all. Only the four walls that my gear sat in is changing.

My portrait art is such a huge part of who I am.  It’s my heartbeat, and it’s my happy place.  Out of all the stress of dealing with the challenges of our youngest son, having that creative outlet has saved my sanity.

Repeatedly.

So what does it mean to our clients?  It means for now, I can’t do passports in a studio.  But, I can do them on location instead.  It means I have to come to you for portraits and it means I can focus on a level of customer service that I was giving up just to get by.

It broke my heart to walk out of that studio the last time this week because it is so me.

But my son is me too and right now, he needs me to do this.

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So please note, this is not goodbye.  It’s more a I need to slow down so please bear with me until I find solid ground again.

Our number, our email, our website – all of that remains the same.

I will just see you at your place instead of mine.

Thank you for your understanding through this transition and I hope that someday, sooner rather than later, I’ll be back to full time.

Kim