Recently I was looking at my very very very first images I produced, my first "client". After I took a peek at my images of my first client, I quickly sent her an email telling her I NEEDED to give her a free session. Goodness, I OWED her a free session. I mean she trusted me and my imagery enough to document her first daughter as an infant, maternity images when she was pregnant with her son, and family photos. She deserved a free session for loving me enough when I just started out.
Please don't get this all wrong. I am not making fun of myself, well okay maybe a little. But the fact is....these photos are special because the people in the images are beautiful! Beautiful moments of their lives! Me however, well, let's just say my style has changed since four years ago when I first started. Four years ago, I was just happy to take photos, I really didn't know a whole lot about photography or my own style.
Advice: please know that if you work hard you will get to where you want to go. I have worked hard at getting to where I am with my style which I try to keep it consistent.My husband and I have worked hard so we can have a studio and not work out of my sun porch. Trust me, hard work pays off but sometimes you cannot see the good while you are working through sweat and tears. Literally.
Okay, pep talk over. Long story short, I photographed my first client ever all over again recently...a maternity session for her third baby. I was SOOO excited she accepted my offer for a free session. I felt like I owed her this. I am so very thankful for people like her and others who kept me on my feet and loved my images, even 4 years ago.
Moral of the story: Know your work and your art, do not be afraid to be YOUnique. Work hard, it pays off... AND, don't forget to thank your clients who helped you find your style and referred you to their friends, even in your baby years of business. Thank them, because without them, well...we all know what kind of boat we would be in. :)