Denver Beauty Photographer- Why I Do What I Do
I have been photographing beauty & boudoir for over 4 years now. I have had my share of ups and downs. I have had clients make me cry tears of joy, and clients who just made me cry. I’ve been super busy and I’ve been in dry spells. I’ve been on a creative high with amazing ideas pouring out of me non-stop and I have been drained and wanted to quit. And I’ve done each of these things several times over the course of my career.
This year has already been a big one for me and my business. Just last month, I was about to quit. I literally thought about selling my camera and not taking photos ever again. I was burnt out, bitter and beaten down. I’m not going to lie, it was a tough time. I was very unhappy and unpleasant to be around. It’s amazing how caught up in ourselves we can become. Slowly, with the help of my family and friends, I realized quitting was not the answer. And with the help of one of my mentors, I embarked on a month long training to improve my marketing, posing, connecting, and most of all, my attitude.
As you would expect after a month of reflecting and training, my business has totally changed. For once, I have really created a solid business plan that I love. And I think many of you will love the changes too, but some of you may not.
You see, it took me awhile to realize photography isn’t valued by everyone. Some people can have their photos done at Walmart or Target or their friend’s iPhone and be totally satisfied. And while I personally would immediately notice all of the mistakes Walmart made and know how I would’ve made the person look so much better, some people honestly don’t. And I can finally say, that’s fine with me. I’m okay with it. If those people are happy with the product they were sold and the service they were given, I’m happy for them. Some people just want to go into a studio, get a disc of 50 images and leave.
But, I know there are some people out there who do value photography, who do see the difference between someone who has studied and become an expert in posing, expression etc. and who are willing to pay for it no questions asked because the difference is that obvious. People who want an experience. People who want a piece of art and not just a disc of images they will never print. Those are the people who will do whatever they can to have their photos taken by me. Those are the people I will form forever friendships with.
In my mind, a photo shoot is a luxury, not a necessity. It is an experience. It is not just the disc, but the communication, direction, involvement and relationship between photographer and client from shoot start to finish…and beyond. Photographing someone is deeply personal and I believe this is why I am friends with so many of my clients. They let me see a part of their soul they have not shown to anyone else.
So what I am trying to say here is, my goal and the mission of my business moving forward is this: To provide my clients with the most professional, fun and luxurious experience possible while using my expertise to create the most beautiful photos they have even seen of themselves and to literally change the way they see themselves for the rest of their lives.
I can say in all certainty that this is not something you will find at Walmart 😉
P.S. Thank you to the amazing clients who value my work, tell their friends about me and come to see me again and again. Knowing my photos hang in your home is the BEST feeling in the world. YOU are why I do what I do.