Looking for my tribe

October 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

During my years as a business owner, I have come to realize that relationships in business are just as important as relationships in your everyday life. In your life, you surround yourself with people who are similar to you. Maybe you don't like all of the same things, but you have enough synergy that you feel comfortable regardless the situation. You can talk to them easily and just hang out. You may have different opinions on some things and the same on others, but neither changes the dynamics of the friendship. That's how it is with my clients.

My goal as a photographic artist is to attract clients who appreciate art and really good customer service like I do. I want people with whom I can chat with, laugh with and create gorgeous images with. After all of these years, I can honestly say that I have that with most of my clients. Not that I don't get along with all of my clients because I do, but there are those who I could honestly just hang out with in various social settings or in private settings.

Over the years, I have had clients invite me to birthday parties, weddings, engagement parties, bridal showers and baby showers. I've had lunches and dinners with my clients. I have even provided an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on. These aren't things that I planned, it's just how they happened. They felt close enough to me and I to them for these invitations to take place. I'd like to think that my business self is no different than my non-business self. I'm me 24/7.

I feel that my photography speaks to my clients. What I believe it says is that my photography and I are artsy, vibrant and real. There is a lot of me in my portraits. It's how I see them and how I see life all rolled up into one. When my clients and I are both being authentic, I can't help but portray what I see and they can't help but show me who they are.

You may be asking how all of this transpires given the session is only an hour. Well it can be up to 3 hours for a newborn session, so there is that. Generally I will see my clients on average about 3 to 4 times total, initially. Within those times, I will communicate with them via snail mail, email, text and telephone. They can read my blogs and newsletters, as well as follow me on Instagram and facebook. Also, I talk a lot during the session. There are a host of ways for the to get to know me, but usually it happens during the face to face meetings. Even during the consultation I find myself talking about more than just photography. There have been times when I should have spent about 30 minutes at a consultation, but ended up spending about an hour to an hour and a half. Time just flies by.

I am so thankful for my clients. Not just because they purchase photography services and products from me, but because they are truly my friends. People who I can just drop a line to say hello and make their day; people who call me out of the blue after four years to see how I am; people who may not need any portraits at that time, but want to meet for tea or lunch; people whom I call my friends.

My profession has so many perks that I have to pinch myself to make sure that I'm not dreaming. I get to watch other people's children grow up and that is not only a joy, but a privilege. The people I come in contact are and always have been the best part. When you find your tribe, you just know it. My photography should speak to my tribe. That is my plan. I have found that my photography also speaks to those who are not part of my tribe, and that's okay. Those are the people who usually do not end up hiring me.

If you want to be a part of my tribe, give me a call or send me an email. I'd love to discuss being in the tribe over tea or lunch.


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