"Change is the heartbeat of growth."
- Scottie Somers
I started this photography journey a handful of years ago and have so enjoyed growing and learning. My clients have been the biggest part of that. They've been there from the beginning, where I offered all my edited images on a disc because I needed the practice and feedback (as well as to build my portfolio). They were there when I changed my products a bit and started offering more tangible products. And I'm hoping they will still be there in 2017 when I regularly offer only tangible products.
2016 has been a big year for me to find my creative voice in photographing people, businesses, products and growth. That voice has gotten louder and more defined; I know better what kind of services I wish to offer and understand better the quality of business I want to run. I have started to pose my clients less and capture the space between my clients as well as their growth and life - I want to capture their relationships, emotions and experiences. The images of my own life that have meant the most to me are ones that tell a story of what life is like - not the ones where everyone is smiling and looking at the camera at the same time. Don't get me wrong - I do cherish those images as well and they can be hard to come by (thank you children of mine). :-) But there is something more there that I want to document for whoever is going to be looking over your shoulder at the images of your family from last year or 10 years ago or a lifetime ago.
What does a day in the life of your family look like? Mine is usually chaotic and in between the chaos, there are often moments I wish someone else was photographing so I could recall it later on. That will be a new offering in 2017. I will also be getting to know my clients more so that I can better serve them and get the images, and then products, that they actually want - right from the beginning.
So why am I discontinuing high-resolution digital images from my standard product list starting next month? There is one big reason and a bunch of smaller reasons but I will share the big one with you...do you have a Pinterest board? I do. I love all of them. I love looking through Pinterest and planning wonderful things to do...but there aren't a lot of them that I have been able to complete. This is what a CD of high-resolution digital images is to me. Even if a client is proactive in showcasing those memories that they paid for, I have lost out on that journey with my clients and getting to enjoy that process with them. I have also let my clients down with that CD because whomever the photographer, it's a great gift gone to waste if those images stay on the CD or on a screen.
Lastly, I want to offer my clients the best products availble on the market. Just knowing that the super-saver photo printers have a deviation in color from what I intended when printed makes me cringe and feel guilty about your images being printed there. My clients put thought into the details of their photos just like I do and I want to honor those decisions, time and details. They should look as they were planned.
So will you never again be able to buy digital images from KHP? All I will say is that they will not be on my standard product offering list. You may see specials on them at some point. But please be so excited to get your captured moments together on display and I will help you do it.
I'm so excited about the changes being made and I can't wait for us to work together again or for the first time. I so enjoy having a passion for photography and I can't wait to implement these parts of my business and passion that can only make your images and experience with me better.
"Whatever you are, be a good one."
"Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography."
- George Eastman
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