This cutie came to see me today. I love her beautiful, big, blue eyes and her cute smile.
There will be no portrait photos in this post. This letter wasn’t mailed – it was at my doorstep when I got home a couple of months ago. I read it, I cried, and read it again – probably a hundred times by now. It wasn’t easy to read – and honestly, as much as it validates what I do for a living – I wasn’t sure I was going to share it either – Until today, when a past client said that my print prices were too expensive. If you choose to read through the letter, you will know why I’ve finally chosen to share it.
July 2nd, 2011
Today I am writing for a couple of reasons. I have some quiet time at the moment and need to get a couple of things off my mind. I will leave this for my husband to deliver to you when he is ready.
You photographed my wedding, you photographed my first pregnancy and my first baby. I contacted you awhile back to photograph my 2nd child and family. After getting prices and realizing I would want all of the pictures as we love your work – I decided against spending $500+ – which is what I normally spend for portraits and prints with you.. Please know it is not because I don’t value your amazing eye, or how much we love the experience.
That week that I decided to NOT do a session with you, this is how I spent some money.
On Sunday I called and cancelled our session. Monday I went out and got my hair cut ($39+tip), and colored ($65), Thursday I had my nails done ($24), my family went out to dinner at a somewhat expensive restaurant for no particular reason costing us $79 + tip. This was just 4 days since canceling our session, already totaling over $200 for un necessary things. My nails only lasted about 2 weeks, my hair is gone, and seven weeks passed when I got the phone call from our doctor. It was not something I expected and the cancer has spread very quickly. I will be leaving my husband, my 6-year-old girl and my now 2-year-old – not by choice. It is very hard for me to talk about it which is why I need to write you.
I watch your Facebook page and your posts about the value of a photo and if I could give back all of those things that I purchased this few weeks after I cancelled my session with you, knowing what I know now, and have that session, well… I would do it in a heartbeat.
Now my time is done and there are no more chances for me. The next time someone cancels a session – my wish is that you forward this letter to them. Time is fragile, it is gone before you know you had it. If you charged $200 for one print it wouldn’t be enough for what it is actually worth. I cringe to think that my priorities were a manicure over a memory to pass onto my babies and husband.
My love and thanks for what you have given us from past photos. I am so sorry that I did not see it as more than paper until now.
I did another shoot at the Forks this morning. The more sessions I do there; the more I love this location. The possibility for backdrops is endless and I’ve used quite a few of them, but my current favorite spot is by the river with the Basilica, the river and the sky in the background. This morning’s shoot was especially fun because of 3 year L and how much he enjoyed my animal sounds and strange faces and noises. It’s always fun when my little clients respond to my nonsense. (They usually do!)
Here’s a preview of this session:
I love his big smile. We were playing peek-a-boo!
The first of 2 shoots at the Forks today were these cute little 4 and 5-year-old little guys. The light outside was great today but it was a bit chilly, so most of this shoot was inside. I was able to use window light for quite a few of these pictures with wonderful results. There is no light like it!
Here’s a preview:
Stay tuned for the second shoot from the day tomorrow. Meanwhile, it’s editing time for me! Plus a couple more kids tomorrow!
Today I took pictures of 3 girls that I’ve photographed a few times already. Their mom bought the Baby’s First Year Plan and now the baby is a year old and they’ll receive an 8×10 photo book of this past year.
I always get great pictures because of the girls’ great smiles and wonderful personalities. Today was no exception. I had a blast with these kids.
Here’s a preview:
There was a huge storm yesterday with 90 km per hour winds, rain and lightning. It was looking pretty grim in terms of doing family pictures at the Forks. But the storm cleared, the wind died down and the sky was perfect for photography. I had so much fun with this family. M is 11, L is 2.5 and the baby is 6 months. Three beautiful girls. I had a blast especially when S, the mom, said it would be alright for the kids to run through the puddles at the Forks. I love the resulting running through the puddles pics.