I know I probably sound like a broken record when I speak about past clients and how much I love to continue with them throughout different seasons of their lives. For a photographer, returning clients are the lifeblood of our business. While it’s always exciting to work with new families and to create new relationships, it’s equally important to maintain strong connections with my past clients.
When someone hires a photographer for the first time, especially for a milestone in their lives, there is a certain level of trust and risk involved. This is especially true when the photographer is just getting started in their business. This brings me to this newborn session on the blog today. The mama of these two precious kids was my very first Senior when I first started my business – literally. When I open my hard drive from 2008, there are 2 sessions I did for family and then Kristin’s senior session. At the time, there were very few photographers in the area and from what I knew, no one was taking senior photos around the downtown area. Lake End Park was a popular place for family and senior photos, so I headed in a different direction. One of Kristin’s photos is still my favorite senior photo that I’ve taken, even 15 years later (scroll to the bottom to see it – sorry Kristin, don’t hate me!) So Kristin and her mom took a chance on a brand new photographer who had just moved to their town less than a year before which then turned into me photographing over 30 seniors that first few months in business! Since then, I have photographed many of their weddings and several of their babies. So to Kristin and her mom as well as all of those families who trusted me with those memories in that first year of my business – THANK YOU! Way back then, the tagline of my business was, “For every stage of your life.” Little did I know just how relevant that tagline would be throughout the course of my business! This also just made me realize that this year, I’m celebrating 15 years in business – that feels like such a huge accomplishment!
CIrculing back to this newborn session, Ember (such a beautiful name and suits her perfectly) was a perfect angel for her session. And check out those eyelashes!! Her big brother, Cash, was so sweet with her – I just love the ones of him holding and looking down at her. They weren’t planning to do a family photo, but I hope that Kristin is happy that they changed their minds – I think it’s a beautiful portrait of such a precious family. I loved catching up with Kristin and getting to meet and chat with her husband, Richard, who is from the UK. It was fascinating to hear about their time living there – it makes me want to live there for a while, just to experience what life is like at a slower, more peaceful pace!
Kristin – thank you again for trusting me to capture this milestone in your lives!