It’s funny how we can be so sure of ourselves and then one person can ask a question and it makes you question everything you’ve been doing. A few weeks ago I was listening to a podcast while doing my dishes, something I do every morning before my kids wake up. And I was listening to ‘Goal Digger’ by Jenna Kutcher and the entire pod was about “finding your why”. And something in my soul stirred and I just knew I needed to dig deeper. For the past little while I was walking away from sessions, and I knew I had produced amazing photographs that my clients would love, but it just left me longing for more. I knew something was missing. So, I began working through ‘my why’.
When I got in to photography what seems like a lifetime ago it was to document my daughter, who is now “nearly 10”. But as my skills evolved, my why did too. I began doing a 365 project at the beginning of this year and I started to document our daily life, the mundane days, our triumphs, and all the things in between. And they were beautiful, unposed, genuine emotion moments and my soul would light up when I took them. And that’s when I realized ‘my why’.
I want to take photographs of my clients that they will cherish for years. I want to take photographs of my clients that when your daughter, in her 40’s, comes across a box of prints, she looks at them and they take her breath away. I want her to remember the way your hair smelled as the breeze blew through it, the way her brother laughed without a care in the world as she spun him around and around, and how her father looked at her mother even after 15 years of marriage with all its ups and downs. Sure those perfectly posed photographs are beautiful to send out to fellow church members but do they spark anything in you? I want you your heart to swell when you look through your gallery of the sweet moments I capture for you.
So, I’m pivoting. My business is pivoting. Not a full turn, not an about face, just a pivot. My family sessions now will be full of laughter, lots of tickles, hair blowing in the wind, and a carefree feeling in the air. I don’t want you to stress about getting your kids to look at the camera, I don’t want you to stress that your hair is out of place, or that dad has riled the kids up. I want you to come and be with your kids, really be with them, and show me what love looks like to you and your sweet family.
“Whatever it is that stirs your soul, listen to that. Everything else is just noise.”