An Open Letter
An open letter to the client waiting to book their session:
I know the task of setting up a photo shoot seems daunting. Your schedule, outfits, will the kids cooperate, your significant other is definitely not on board. You don’t really love how you look right now, you’re hoping to get to the gym and then book a session. You need a hair cut, and haven’t painted your nails in weeks. It’s an investment, there are so many photographers. How do you pick the right one? How much time, how many images? You have an iPhone, you have plenty of photos of the kids.
Now.. you are in front of my camera. You wore jeans because you like them more than a dress (I LOVE THAT!), your significant other put on what you laid out (YES!), and your kids are wearing their favorite colors (THEY LOOK ADORABLE!). You seem nervous, (don’t worry), this is the easy part. This is where you get to spend an hour with your family. You get to smile and laugh, you get to chase and giggle, you get to hug and squeeze and tickle. You get to stand back and hold hands with your partner and just be in the moment. Because you’ve hired me and I’m capturing the moments in-between.
As you walk away, and get into your car and head home (handing out all the bribes you promised pre session), you are going to be exhausted. You are going to feel like that was a whirlwind. You’ll wonder if I got some of the kid(s) smiling at the camera, and probably question why I asked if you and your partner want a few shots of y’all alone. Your significant other may say that wasn’t as bad as they thought it was going to be (Score!). Maybe you’ll wonder what took you so long to book a session. And you’ll probably rethink the moment I hugged you, I can.not.help.it. Your family just became a part of my life.
I’m going rush to put those images on my computer. I’m going to flip through them to find a moment that makes my heart skip a beat. There isn’t going to be one, there are going to be dozens. When I send your gallery off, I’m sending you a little piece of myself. When you let me know that those images brought you to tears, , that moment right there. That is what I offer this style of photography.
That is why I want to be a part of your story.
I should have read your letter BEFORE our time together, I may not have been so nervous. :-) But, as you point out...life gets hectic, life gets hard, life doesn't stop. No matter how much we wish or plan or just finally give up and let the weather, the time, the not accomplishing everything on our to-do-list, take over...it all turns out.
Not maybe as we "plan"...but how many magical moments are our greatest treasures because of unanswered prayers, surprises, and God's blessings? I know I can look back and see the hand of God in so many situations...our photo session is definitely right near the top!
Thank you for putting me...all of us...at ease. You probably captured more moments than I can even remember. Thank you for being a blessing to our family. I know you know intimately how precious these photo's will be. If there's never another session with our family "whole"...this moment, this day, will carry us.
May God be with your family and on your business...
Can't wait to see the photograph's and all that you captured.
So very well said
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