I've been working for the last few weeks on a Client Welcoming Guide.
I was constantly stressed to make it complete with information and beautiful images. It took me a long time to finish... but I missed the point!
This week, I woke up at 6 am to go to Hastings Voice Breakfast Business meeting. I was so tired, my mind desperately need it Coke ( I don't drink coffee), I had a 60 seconds presentation and all I could come with was that my photographs are amazing :)
Nice touch! There were two others fellow photographers in the room.
And, although it is true: I do think my photographs are beautiful (I wouldn't have show them otherwise), I started thinking what makes them special or different to others.
I love taking photographs with a story. Those kind that can't be rushed, squeezed in 20 minutes and thrown away on a corner of your hard drive. But those that you can proudly expose on your wall and happily tell your friends and family about.
The same way you need to prepare for a business meeting, hopping that your one minute speech will impress a handful of people and make it memorable for the next 24 hours :), you also need to prepare for a photo session.
So....I realized that my Client Guide section: "How to prepare for a photo session?" was completely wrong.
Telling you about colors, texture and accessories, what to wear and where to go was not the point.
I should have tell you to take faith and love and smiles and joy.
I should have tell you to take your time to think of the meaningful people or events in your life, to feel the gratitude for what you already have, to allow yourself to relax and leave aside the bitterness life sometimes slips into our life, to open your heart to love and joy and peace.
This is what I should have written on the Guide and this is what I will tell you before every session: everyday is a miracle we just take for granted. Make it spectacular, the best day of your life!
Come to celebrate life, love and family! I will be there to capture this memorable experiences for you to see and enjoy every single day- as a reminder that sometimes the smallest things are the one that makes our life so beautiful!