Often I have people contact me asking for a spot on my schedule. After a few back and forth chats and presenting them with my packages there are typically two things that happen.
So if people are already prepared with knowing my packages or have been saving to me photograph their family it is almost an immediately and YES.
And then there is the pause...it's the "I don't know what to say" silence. So here are a few things that people are possibly saying in this pause moment...
" EEK!!! I had NO idea she was that pricey!!"
"Um, I am embarrassed we can't afford her!"
" Why would anyone pay that much for a photographer?!?!?!"
"There is NO WAY my spouse will let me pay that much for portraits!"
I always know when there is a pause in the flow of conversation
I really do know when the conversation comes to a pause, there is silence in the answer. But REALLY here is what I want you to know. I AM OKAY WITH BEING TOO EXPENSIVE for you right now!!! Seriously...
So if I am not the photographer for you right now, that means someone else is! I have a deep passion for empowering others to become photographers. Whether it is encouraging people to become photographers of their own lives or choosing it as a profession, I want to teach and empower all of us to tell our stories in our own kind of beautiful way.
Several of my past students have become photographers over the 15 years of my instruction. I am all for helping them along in their business endeavors as well as they have helped mine. If you come to me and are honest with your intentions, I will ALWAYS refer you to dear friends and student photographer friends of mine who deserve your business as much as I do!
Being stressed, worried and fearful that people are not able to afford me is a waste of my energy and quite frankly a fear based mentality. I have faith and trust that the right people will be there to journey through my story with me, and I with them. I have four little people, a dear husband, fabulous family and friends, my schedule is already a fairly full one. I completely trust that God will bring me people who are for me, it is not something that I need to spend my time in angst.
If you love my work, I am worth saving your pennies. I promise you will not regret saving money for a photographer to come and document your lives. It is worth that kind of hard work to get what you want. I know I may not be everyone's cup of tea when it comes to photography, but for those who love my style and my work I know there are many who have saved for months and sometimes even years to invite me into their close spaces and trust me with their memories.
Everyone Has a Story.
I invite you to take steps towards photographing your story this year. Hire a photographer, learn photography, but don't let another year go by without documentation of this beautiful life!
Love, grace and peace,