without getting into a long drawn out post about this… let me just say that it has been put on my heart lately to employ the following standards for my business
as of January 1st, 2015
- Single Parents will not be required to purchase a digital gallery – this will be included in the cost of your session
- Military – active or past military families will also not have to purchase the digital galleries.
- First Responders – families of firemen, police, and paramedics will not have to purchase digital galleries
- Families with children or parents currently battling cancer or struggling with genetic disorders or chronic illness will no longer be required to pay a session fee or purchase digital galleries
digital galleries are the entire collection of edited images ready for you to download, save, and print.
I remember when i first began a career in photography – that i thought it was exciting and rewarding. and gave me so much life. Somewhere, in the midst of having to make an income, i lost some of the passion/compassion for people and their hearts and stories. photography became a chore. i’m saddened by this. because i’m cheating myself out of so much more than taking photos. i’m losing the opportunity to witness some really amazing stories of family, faith and overcoming. and for what?
i met a family recently that turned all that back around for me. and it blew my mind that this mother was willing to scrape all of her pennies together for the sake of photographing her children- because it was THAT important to her. i knew she would probably have to pass up something else just to make it happen. and it just didn’t seem right to take those pennies.
i haven’t forgotten the struggles we had as a family, or any that i am currently facing. but i whole-heartedly believe that this career that i have had (and the blessings that have come from it) are not possible without the people who stand before me. and i never ever ever want to make this whole “photograph thing” an exclusive one.
i am overwhelmed with sadness when i hear that people don’t get their family photos done because they can’t see beyond a stack of medical bills. or because they are single income households. money is such a fickle little thing. sometimes it’s feast or famine. and i totally get that. but i also understand that when you have a tighter budget that photographing your family is a luxury and not a necessity.
but not having photographs and visual memories is just not acceptable to me.
which is why i will roll out this new pricing. i completely trust that those who fall under these categories will be good stewards of *my* time and understand that this is my way of saying “i completely understand.” and that you will also recognize that i stand in the same position you do.
i am so thankful to have been self employed for so long. as a single parent. as the sister to someone who battled with cancer. and as the daughter of a first responder/military parent. i know how much i cling to my family photos. the posed ones. the silly ones. the candid ones. those are memories. and sometimes those are a daily salvation. and no family or individual should have to miss out on creating/capturing these little slices of life because of circumstances beyond your control.
and there you have it.