Times are changin around these parts, troops. A little news to brighten your Tuesday, plus a bit of my philosophy about photography and why documenting your memories and relationships matters.
1. This week is your very last week in the history of ever to book 2012 sessions at 2011 prices.
Especially if you’ve got a wedding on the horizon, snap up 2011 prices quick quick. 2012 is going to be a fabulous year, no? It deserves to be documented with all the beauty and wonderfulness it’s busting with. Maternity, birth stories, babies, anniversaries–I want to be there with you for it all!
But I’ve been waiting to book a session because I need to lose weight/don’t want to spend the money/am not photogenic/insert other excuse here.
Let me tell you a couple things.
And this is not about lecturing or luring you into something, because I’m not here to convince or twist your arm; I’m here to help, and that’s it. I’m here to inform. F’real. I want to capture your memories, but only if you want me to, you know? I ache to document your love, but photos are a hugely personal and intense thing; I need to tell you how I do things so you can make an educated decision about whether or not we fit.
First, let me tell you that photos are your proof of living, and not only do they provide things to fill your blank walls, they (should) capture glorious moments. I believe in authentic photography, the kind that provides an organic environment in which you and your loved ones get to showcase who you really are, every day.
No fake poses. No excessive Photoshop. No head swapping/body sculpting/making you look like an airbrushed alien.
We’re going for the most beautiful form of reality your life has to give. We’re going for photographs that you can look at on a hard day and remember the love you felt swelling in you in that moment, captured and immortalized forever.
It’s a shame when people refuse to accept the beauty of their lives and their relationships, chasing the illusion of perfection and excusing themselves into paralysis with I’ll-do-that-when-I’m-perfect.
Second, let me tell you that I don’t do professional photographs just so you can impress everyone with your new profile pic or plaster your bedroom with evidence to prove you’re a good wife or parent (although fancy profile pics are def a bonus!) I do professional photographs so that your reality, your love, and your spirit can be documented in the most beautiful way possible. Having high quality, breathtaking photographs of your relationships and your life events is proof (not just to me or you, but to your posterity and the legacy you will leave behind when you’re gone) that you care immensely about these events; that you care enough to hire a professional to give you back, in some small measure, a portion of those moments. It’s a manifestation that you believe in your life enough to own up to its hugeness, that you are willing to raise your hand and say,
YES. My life matters.
All this not to say that if you don’t hire a professional for every occasion that you are a slob who doesn’t care about life. Of course not.
But part of living is remembering, and part of remembering is being willing to be present in the moments that make up your memories. Photographs help in that journey.
Deciding to hire someone is only the first half of the battle. Then you have to decide who it’s gonna be–which is absolutely equally important. Want to find out if I’m the right photographer for you? Start here and here. If my words and photographs don’t speak to you, don’t sweat it. The last thing I want is to get into a relationship so personal as photographing your major relationships and events and have it be less-than wonderful for either of us.
Still unsure? No big deal, friend. Send me an email (brookebee @ gmail.com) about anything and everything. Let’s talk about how you love my photos but aren’t sure you can handle my craziness. Let’s discuss my editing process, my timeline, your price range. Please know that I take the relationship with my clients very seriously, and I want to make sure we’re a good fit as much as you do.
I really, really hope that helps. And piece of news #2…
2. TODAY is the very last day to enter the sister session giveaway!
Get the deets and enter because it’s going to be incredible and you’re going to be famous. If you win. If you enter. Hop to it!
Have a wonderful day, lovelies.