If you’ve been following along, my passion is business. Building, branding, growing. If you haven’t been following, reread the first sentence.
In honor of Missouri hosting one of the most beautiful seasons on Earth, Fall, I want to take a minute to talk about the photography business, which is my prowess.
This is most photographers busiest season. Weddings every Saturday, some doing double and triple headers with the growing popularity of Friday and Sunday weddings. Missouri families lush over the gorgeous golden foliage and want their gallery wall updated and a good snap of the whole fam for Christmas cards.
Do not get me wrong, I love this! I love capturing families! I love growing with my clients and capturing all of their stories. It’s an honor to be a part of such monumental times in their lives. Engagements, weddings, baby announcements, birth, first birthdays, furst puppies (see what I did there)
I love each and every family that I work with and grow with. I cherish the ones who have grown into friends. An emotional connection is what makes a photographer great to work with. Personally I have one photographer who I love working with. I trust her. My kids may be holy terrors, I may forget to fix my hair and finish my makeup, no, I seriously did that once, but I trust her ability and her vision. She has a heart of gold and that shows in how she captures my family and every other client she has.
I know you all follow photographers and some of you follow my work (THANK YOU) and what you see is the pretty picture at the end. I mean that’s what grabs us, myself included. I scroll instagram and Facebook and always gravitate to a certain type of curated beautifulness. We want you to like our photos, which brings me to the point. We also want you to appreciate the crazy amount of hours we pour into getting those photos. We want you understand why we charge what we do and value our time and expertise.
Photography doesn’t start with just snapping a picture. A session of any kind doesn’t start when both parties show up. For most of us it starts with scouting locations, checking weather, watching what time the sun is setting, getting props, helping style our clients, charging batteries, checking SD cards, packing our equipment, finding babysitters and then getting to the shoot. From there we have to position, watch the sun and every intricate detail from the pony tail on your wrist to the i phone in your husbands back pocket. Our minds are working the entire time we’re shooting and it doesn’t end there. Once back home we back up your images, usually in more than one location to be safe. We have to cull the images from your session, export them, import them and edit them. Then Delivery, either online or in person.
We pay for editing software, camera equipment (not cheap at all) classes, child care, subscriptions, galleries, domains, content management systems, computers, food, coffee, always coffee, gas etc.
So please, be patient with your photographers. We want to give you beautiful images to fill your home with. We want to be the first to know that you’re expecting and capture those sweet moments for you to share with your friends and family. But we also want it to be worth it for ourselves. We’re leaving our families behind when we shoot. For a lot of us this is our business, how we make our living, not just a hobby. I know I personally spend hours planning, researching, scouting, editing and networking. Working from home isn’t as chill as a lot of people think it is. I swear I work in 5 minute increments in between cleaning up spills, changing diapers, getting snacks and clicking “yes we’re still watching this” on netfilx.
I think I can speak for most photographers when I say we love what we do and we’re happy to put in the endless hours because of how much we love it! We want to work with clients who appreciate us for that and understand what it takes for us to be our best, which in turn allows us to give you our best.
A BIG GIANT THANK YOU to all of my clients! Brides, families, seniors, you guys rock and I’m thankful for each of you and for your patience with me getting things booked this year. It’s a busy (good busy) time and I’m grateful for all of you.