Recently, I met Karina from Metts Photography, a husband and wife team. We got to chatting and I learned they have two adorable children that Karina raises and homeschools all while managing the business. She’s a teacher by day and a business owner by night. Her hubby acts in as the second shooter, so they get to spend their weekends together, doing what they love! How awesome. She really inspired me to get into blogging about life, being a business owner and a soon-to-be mother. I shared with her how I felt apprehensive to blog about my personal life, but she made it so clear. People, our clients, often love to know us for more than just being their photographer or invitation designer. And it’s so true! Some of my favorite clients over the past few years have become friends – just over a course of meetings, phone calls and emails, I’ve gotten to know these brides and really felt a connection. I think that’s what makes this industry so cool. We are storytelling.
When a newly engaged couple comes to me, I immediately ask them about their story. How did they meet, when, how did they know, what are their backgrounds, and the list goes on. I have a two page questionnaire for our first meeting, because it’s THAT important I get to know my clients so I can tell their story through their event. Side bar – I hate the word “clients” sometimes – especially now. They seem more like my future friends!
Above there’s a photo – it’s a clip of my own wedding story a few years ago. Just this one photograph, by the amazing Jai Girard Photography, gives you a glimpse into my life and tells you a few key things about me. I love that every part of our wedding acted as pieces of our puzzle.
So if you take anything away from this, know that it’s okay to be true to yourself. Stretch your limits, yes. But never think your stories aren’t worth it – because there is someone out there who wants to hear what you have to say…