Photography is very much about giving. Giving time to spend with clients and photographing their lives, their important moments, their loved ones. Giving time to prepare photos in a style and vision that my clients were drawn to in selecting me as their photographer. And giving photos to families and watching them 'see' what was captured - their love, their faces, their interactions. It may sound cheesy, but that entire process is a huge soul-igniting process. Otherwise I wouldn't be doing this! And I've gotta say that I'm one lucky ducky to have found my purpose and to be living it.
So while I love giving, I feel that client giving back to me through a review or testimonial really, really important. Sure I may have talent, organizational skills, and be able to deliver a product on time (pretty much requirements of any small business), but if my clients didn't have a good experience with me, then a big puzzle piece is missing. And I don't mean being perfect; I am human after all and do make mistakes. But I'd like to think that it's the way I handle things (and especially when things go wrong!) that defines the experience with me. Not only that, but with photography being such a personal and intimate line of work, other people benefit from reviews from real families, and it can take some of the guesswork out of the process of finding a photographer.
It makes my heart sing when I ask clients for their thoughts, and I receive this. This first one was especially was heart-warming to me, because when Jen and I spoke about capturing her daughter and family, she told me that when she first had her little girl, she was unprepared for the unexpectedly overwhelming feelings she would have of becoming a mother. And then when she told me that I caught those exact feelings in my photos and told me she was crying her eyes out during her photo slideshow, it brought tears to my eyes too!!