And that was it, until last month's email, which was short and to the point:
Annemie,The pictures you did of my five grandkids a few Thanksgivings ago gives me more pleasure then any of the other art that I own.
I hope that you are doing well.
*Insert little dancing/smiling/bursting heart emoji here*
These days, people take more pictures than ever before, and with hard drives and Facebook feeds overflowing with snapshots, plenty of them have a difficult time justifying the time and expense of a professional session. I frequently hear from women who are struggling to convince their spouses (and sometimes themselves) that portraits will be a worthwhile investment, and though I understand their hesitation, I've never yet had a client regret their decision to have them made. Every time I get a huge hug at the end of a session, watch a parent choke up when they see their images, or get invited back to make more photographs for a family that wasn't too sure about hiring me in the first place, I believe more strongly in the importance of what I do for a living.
Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be writing two more posts dedicated to addressing peoples hang-ups around portrait photography. Be sure to check back if you or someone you know needs convincing, and if you've already worked with me or if you have a relevant story to tell, please be in touch... I'd love to feature you!