Good evening, friends! It’s been a beautiful few days here in South-Western Ontario, and I’m starting to dream about summer! Spring is only weeks away, well, officially anyway. Who knows how long we’re going to wait for warm weather this year… My daffodils and tulips are starting to poke out of the ground, and it’s getting the kids even more excited than me! We won’t even talk about the hubby. I think he’s just excited that he can send his students outside without any possibility of hearing the “it’s too cold” excuse. 😉
The other thing this current weather is making me dream about is all the family sessions that I’m having this summer. I’ve already started booking them, and as we are also gone on a trip for three weeks, and I’m really trying to limit myself, I can honestly say that availability is limited for this summer. So I’d get your inquiries in sooner rather than later so you don’t miss out. There have been some amazing adjustments to my session packages, and they’re all for the better (dare I say high resolution images included?).
I do think it’s so important to set goals for the year and revisit them at the end of the year to see if they’ve been met or could have been improved on. It’s kind of like a version of New Year resolutions, but as I’m making these public, I better hold myself to them! I promise I will be posting about these later this year to let you know how I have done.
ONE | Go Above and Beyond
My first goal is to go above and beyond, whatever type of session you book with me. My personal motto is always to love and serve, and I’m going to be super vigilant about that this year. I want to build relationships with my clients; I would love to see your families grow, whether we meet when you are engaged, newly pregnant, or have an established brood with a few children. I want to be the person you think of when you think of capturing the memories of the life you are currently living. I want to be there if you’re having a hard day, or if you’ve just bought your first home together and are decorating! I want to surprise you along the whole way, make the whole experience something you’ve never expected.
I always find that the little touches are what matters most, and what’s important to you is important to me. I’d love to really get to know you, and be a unique photographer in the fact that your experience with me matters more than our business relationship. This is also why I will blog about tips (some great ones here and here!!!) to help you get the most out of your session!
TWO | Focus on Depth and Composition
It’s one thing to have a great location, it’s a complete other thing to make this great location look amazing! I’ve been trying very hard to take advantage of everything that a location has to offer, and sometimes that results in images that are very unexpected, but way beyond what my clients or myself could have imagined!
I do have to admit, it’s a lot easier for me to provide stunning images when the light is right, for some reason that comes easy to me, but I really want to learn how to lead the eye right to my subjects in a natural way using leading lines and proper composition. Like when a family is framed between two trees, it is so easy to focus on the family, and it adds real interest to the background. One other trick that I’m working on is shooting through branches or other natural options to create some sort of blurry framing to create a really unique focal point. I cannot wait to practice these more, and I’m sure excited to deliver you images that show that I’ve been improving!
THREE | Impact Couples and Families
My husband and I have been happily married for over 8.5 years, and I can’t wait to see all you newly engaged couples and be an impact on your relationships. Whether it be with applicable gifts, touches of love throughout the whole experience, or just being there if you need to talk, I want to be there as much as a friend, than a photographer! Wedding planning is not without stress, and I think it’s meant to be that way to really put a relationship to the test before your big day!
I’m here in my capacity as photographer, but I would love to be there as an aid through your wedding planning. If you have any questions about what is going to look best on your blog post, e.g.white pumpkins or wooden lanterns, feel free to shoot me an email, and I will definitely attempt to give you an unbiased opinion. Dealing with overbearing family members, no matter how much you love them, is hard! So when it comes to family portrait time, let me be the bad guy and convey your message to them in my own words, while keeping our relationship as utmost importance. I want to be a good example, but I also want to be real with you!