If you could bring a photographer along with you — anywhere with you — this year, where would it be, and why?
What kind of freedom would this afford you, and what would you hope to gain?
Raise your hand if you’ve made a resolution for 2019 about being more daring. More truthful. More yourself.
What about a resolution to be a better memory-keeper for your family? To organize and print your photos, to hand the iPhone to others and ask THEM To take the photo for once, to finally learn to use your fancy camera?
How about one to embrace and be kind to your real self, and let go of a former self that just isn’t relevant anymore?
Well hello, Cyber Shopper!
I'm dropping by to give you a tiny break from all those amazing deals on the internet, and share a SUPER EXCITING secret with you (scroll all the way down for that, friend).
It’s not that I don’t want your business. Because I do – I really do. More than almost anything, friend, I want you to have your very own Day in the Life photo session next year, so that you may always look back upon the quiet triumphs, losses, minutiae, tenderness, and humor of your everyday life – and that you may do so with the kind of vivid memory that only a photograph can spur.
The most memorable photos are not ones where something amazing is happening. Usually, they’re just beautiful ones where not much is happening at all. A well-made photograph contains a richness and depth that allows us to read it like a book. It stops us first with its striking beauty, but it keeps us looking because it reveals so much about that moment in time.
This time of year, I start getting semi-panicked inquiries from strangers on the daily:
Immediately, I suspect that I know what this is all about.
So I tell people: if ALL you want is a set of beautiful, luminous photos of your family hugging and smiling, looking photogenic and color coordinated, I am NOT your gal.
You know you’ve thought it: is my family even right for a documentary session?
In a nutshell, below is a list of THIS photographer’s six dream clients. How do YOU measure up?
1. The one whose family traditions are prized above all else.
In case of flood or fire, the one thing you’d grab from your house is your photographs, because they hold the key to all that’s sacred in life. Sure, you may really love that baby blue vintage truck, your custom-built pool, or your collection of great dresses from Anthropologie. But when you think back across the years, the thoughts that get you all weepy are the traditions you’ve established with your loved ones