Everyone’s a photographer.
Perhaps you’re holding your camera in your hand right now as you read this.
It’s the digital age, I know.
These past few months, I fielded at least a few inquiries each day from prospective people wanting holiday photographs.
“How much do you charge for digitals?” is a common question.
I don’t typically deal in digitals – except with commercial businesses.
I give you the digitals to every print you order, free of charge.
Digitals get lost in internet oblivion.
Custom artwork does not.
I was explaining to my hair stylist that she likely feels about as competent ordering a canvass for her home as I would cutting my own hair.
She cuts hair every day.
I’ve cut my own hair a couple times in my life. It turned out ok…eventually.
I design artwork every day.
Practice makes progress.
After five years, what I’ve found is this:
Most of my clients prefer me to handle this work for them.
And, I love what I do so much that it doesn’t feel like work.
My work feels like my life, although I have a life outside of “work,” of course.
I was talking with a woman this morning – talking.
On the phone.
Not texting. She was kinda surprised.
I know talking on the phone is antiquated.
In so many ways, I’m old school.
And some people are afraid to talk on the phone.
If I can’t put you at ease on the phone, I won’t be able to put you at ease in front of my lens.
And, I didn’t get into business for myself to email all day.
Been there…done that…don’t want to go back again.
I got into business for myself for the freedom and friendships, and because I have a mission.
It’s not really *my* mission though. I give it up to God every morning and night.
I prefer a handwritten note to most anything.
If I’m to be honest, my favorite way to talk with you is face-to-face.
I like to go into your home and see your style.
I like to design each shoot with the end in mind.
And, I like to deliver art to you like a life-sized holiday elf.
I like to see joy personified in your eyes. And I like to receive late night texts about how much you love your album – how it brings tears to your eyes every time. I love this as much as I love the sound of the shutter.