2011 was a good year for seniors. We had so much fun, went on so many adventures… I truly can’t thank these not-really-kids enough. They are still my photographic first-love. Hope you all enjoy these as much as I did. MORE AFTER THE JUMP
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. It included a discussion with my dermatologist about business, and how he got to be so popular. See, it takes forever to get in to see him 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 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 a step or three back to “see the forest for the trees” is a good thing. Bottom line is, the imaginary discussion taking place during REM sleep has actually provided some humorously perfect direction.
If you need a good dermatologist in the Eugene area, Jay Park is excellent – and he gives good dreamtime counsel, too.