I'm excited today! I have a website, a genuine website that I designed and a professional developed. I didn't have to stay up in the wee hours arguing with my husband as we googled code, it was glorious. I still consumed far too many sour patch kids along the way, but I'd call that progress.
At the end of the day, I'm just a photographer...and it took me years to believe I was one. That being said, I want my business to communicate something I believe in. Something that carries value, if even just for a few minutes while I hold my camera. The most common thing people say to me before a photo session is: "I'm so awkward on camera" or "I'm really not photogenic" or "I hope I don't screw it up!" or "I'm pretty insecure about seeing myself...so I'm worried about this shoot". Sometimes, they simply never book because of these fears.
Every time I hear these words, my heart breaks because I've always felt that I was un-worthy of photos. I've told myself if I could just lose 25 more pounds maybe then I'd get a photo taken with my husband or be in the family Christmas photos. It's a truly painful belief system, and current culture doesn't exactly make it easier. Pinterest tells us our homes have to be clean and white walled and Instagram tells us we should look cute in skinny jeans while we hike. Facebook tempts us to compare our vacations, children and accomplishments to "so and so's" and the list goes on and on. It's hard to be a woman these days isn't it? I think it's just hard to be human.
What I want YOU to know...is what I hope someday I can truly believe about myself too. That we are all worthy to be in front of the camera. No matter our past mistakes and hurts we carry, no matter how overweight we are or how our complexions have betrayed us. YOU ARE WORTHY, because everyone should have a lovely photograph of themselves. Someday when you are old and gray, your grandchildren will look at all your photos and they will cherish them as true heirlooms...but wouldn't it be sad if there were no photographs of you to be found? That's why it's so important to get in front of the lens, even if it terrifies you!
In honor of CREATING HEIRLOOMS I'm offering a special giveaway, see the details below:
FREE INDIVIDUAL / FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION
1 HOUR PORTRAIT SESSION
ONE OUTFIT (per person)
UP TO 5 PEOPLE ($20/HEAD AFTER FIVE)
NO TRAVEL FEES UP TO 1 HOUR OUTSIDE PORTLAND, OREGON
WINNER OUTSIDE 1 HOUR OF PDX IS RESPONSIBLE FOR TRAVEL / TRAVEL_FEES
APPROX. 30 FULLY EDITED HIGH-RES IMAGES
10% OFF CUSTOM HOLIDAY PHOTO-CARDS
COMPLIMENTARY IN-PERSON OR PHONE CONSULTATION
You may enter ONCE, but there are at least 13 ways you can put your name in the hat within that one entry (see above). The winner will be announced Wednesday, September 9th at Midnight...best of luck everyone...remember, we are all worthy to have lovely photographs of ourselves and our loved ones. Every last one of us.
Jim Krill - for the kick-ass web development!