I don’t usually share super personal things on this blog (actually, I haven’t posted much at all lately because I’ve been so super busy) but I think right now it’s warranted.
My job is the best. The absolute best. I love every second of each shoot. I adore your families, the way you all value pictures of your sweet kids, and the way all my clients are kind and thoughtful and friendly. In almost 15 years of photography, I have yet to have a snarky or rude client. Y’all are the best. And if that was the end of this post, the end of the story, that’d be good. I’d be happy and living my dream. But see the thing is, there’s more. You probably thought you were just coming in to have pictures made, because I didn’t advertise sessions as anything else, but friends, you were changing the world of two little girls. You see, in a tiny town on the other side of the world, a little girl was waiting in an orphanage. A little girl that had just turned 5 years old and was set to be transferred to an adult mental institution where she would spend the rest of her life in a crib simply because she has mild special needs. A little girl that just needed a family. Every time you brought your kiddos in for a photo session, every time you bought a frame or a print or Christmas card we were setting money aside to go ransom that little girl, to make her a daughter and a sister. And we did. Last November we brought home our sweet Yulia.
Three months later, on Valentine’s Day, we decided to go back for one more little girl. A little girl that needed surgery, needed nutrition, and needed love. A little girl left at the hospital simply for having an extra chromosome. A baby who spent each hour of her life in a crib and who was only 13 pounds at one and a half years old. And again, you brought your children for Easter sessions, and spring pictures, and summer mini sessions, and you helped us ransom that girl. I know you didn’t realize you were doing so. I know you would have come either way. But now, I just think you should see her face and know you helped bring our Emmie home.
I say all that to offer one ginormous “Thank you”. Thank you for supporting a small business. Thank you for being patient when my life was (is) filled with so much. Thank you for being the most loyal, awesome, kind customers ever. Thank you for helping change our world, ransom two lives, bring happiness to these children. I know you didn’t know, but I’m glad that now you do.
And an announcement:
This post was started to just say thank you, but now (a few weeks later – ha!) I wanted to finish up with an announcement. Unfortunately, I won’t be offering Christmas mini sessions this year. For those that don’t know, we closed the studio on Woodruff Rd. I’m still doing on-location sessions but with Emmie being so newly home (and just having a major surgery), plus having cold weather, plus a lot of other things, I decided to take year off from mini sessions. That said, here’s the bigger news - we are building a new studio!!! I’m really excited about it and I think it’s going to be amazing. I already have plans for mini sessions for next year and I hope you will all stay tuned for lots of exciting shoots to come in 2015!