Thursday, August 25, 2011

What's your passion?

Passion - any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.

My passion is photography, what's yours?  When I pick up my camera, it's like I am in a totally new world.  Everything pretty much goes silent around me and it's just me, my camera, and my client/subject.  I see everything is a completely different angle.  What others see as just an over grown field I see as the blades of tall grass dancing with one another, the rays of the sun making the grass look like glitter.  Now put a beautiful woman in a bridal gown in that field, and it's MAGIC!!  That graffiti tagged building you think is tacky, is a building that has personality.  But not every session has to have a unique background.  Just the simplicity of a piece of plain fabric with an adorable sleeping baby in front of it, makes the perfect "awww" moment.  I have clients ask where the best spot is to take answer...the perfect spot, is you and your loved ones in front of my camera.  As long as there is love and emotion being emitted from my client, there can be no bad location. 

I've been asked why I don't charge as much as other photographers, and that I need to really go up on my prices.  I have a hard time doing that!  Photography is not really a job to me, yes it helps pay the bills.  But if I had all the money in the world, you would still find me taking pictures.  Just because I don't charge and arm & a leg to take beautiful pictures, doesn't mean I am not confident in my passion.  I love every place I shoot, and love everyone of my clients.  For someone to allow me into their life, their family, and capture memories, warms my heart.  To see the love that two people share, and to freeze time for them, makes me happy.  Years from now, people are going to look back at pictures and recall those memories.  Without pictures, without cameras, and without photographers (amateur or professional), how will your great great grand kids, remember you?   

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

All because of you...

So this past week I had to get some completed photo shoots off of my laptop because I noticed that it was running really slow.  Moving them all over to the external drive, I noticed that I have already completed 46 sessions this year so far.  THAT'S AMAZING!!!  Then I went and looked at 2009-2010 and saw that I only had 53 sessions with those 2 years combined.  So my business has grown A LOT and I can not thank my clients enough for making my business what it is today.  It's pretty amazing to have some many people rooting for you and putting your name out there.  My returning customers are amazing and have become great friends of mine.  Here are just a few of my sessions through out the years that have put a smile on my face and really attest to my decision of starting my own business doing something that I love to do.  

There is a lot more people that have made an impact on my life and to each and every one of you, I am so grateful to have as life long customers.  Thank you so much for letting me capture your memories every year.