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A message came in from a bride of mine who is expecting her first baby, so we’re planning a maternity session. Seniors of mine are becoming brides of mine. One person has been in four of the weddings I’ve done recently, either as a bridesmaid or the bride. Sisters. Entire families. Cousins. Adoption celebrations. Memorial images. Before I break into Elton John’s “The Circle of Life” or “Can you Feel the Love Tonight” – hmmm, why the Lion King theme?
I shot Mary-Anne’s wedding. I took her bother’s senior pictures. I took a few 1 year anniversary shots for Mary-Anne and her husband, Connor. We finished this 3-generation shoot, recently. I am a quiet, private person, however; personal investment in the lives and loves of my clients is just about the best part of this job. Not only does it show the clients’ satisfaction and willingness to hire me again (surface but important), it shows a developing trust that can extend for years (deep). I feel like these ladies speak volumes about the strength, love, and personalities they possess… so I’ll let them do just that. Some film, some digital. All family.
So I had a random dream last night which included a discussion with my dermatologist about business, and how he got to be so popular. See, it takes forever to get in for an appointment… subconscious being overactive? Anyway, he fake told me that to be as busy as he is, all someone has to do is follow his example: specialize in something people really want which has a built-in longevity and repeat business, be excellent at your specialty, cultivate the reputation for being THE one to go to for that specialty. Not bad advice for a dream.
The quest to find a niche and a specialty is one of self-discovery and patient expectation. That’s the polite, artsy way of saying it seems to take forever and I don’t want to wait any longer. Sometimes it takes a step or three back to “see the forest for the trees,” so that part of the plan for this summer. Bottom line is that the imaginary discussion taking place during REM-sleep has actually provided some humorously perfect direction.
Also, if you need a good dermatologist in the Eugene area, Jay Park is excellent – and he gives good counsel, too.
100 foot oaks, the McKenzie river, flowing fields, people who love each other… beautiful is the best word I could come up with to describe the shoot. Kelly and Brandon have an adorable family, and an even more adorable way with their kids. I appreciate good parenting in a much deeper way ever since I became a parent myself. Calm, patient, loving… it takes work to keep that up in real life, not to mention at a family shoot (note previous family shoot scars in tone of type). But, this was my kind of family shoot; great people, amazing location, the request for fun and not overly pose-y, oh, and she wants all black & white. Yes please, and thank you.
Brandon works for the electrical vendor I contracted with at my previous job, and if you have work to be done, do yourself a favor and call New Way Electric first. There’s a very good reason they were on the short list of my “favorite vendors” for over 10 years.
I’m sure I will post more of the session later, but for now, just try to resist the perfectly messy curls. I dare you.