Why hire me?

This morning I received a phone call from a client in North Carolina calling about the prices of my beach photos. A few seconds into the conversation she asked me, “So tell me why I should hire you.” I had never been asked that before. I live in a community where there is enough business to go around and if you like the style of a photographer and they are open you just book them without many questions. I sat there for a few seconds thinking but it didn’t take me long to give her a few minute answer. Right before this client had called me I had been editing a senior session of a client I had been photographing since she was 11 years old. I’ve prayed for this sweet girl and photographed her for over 6 years. Through social media and seeing her every few years, she had become part of my family. My answer was this, “My clients don’t just book me because I’ve been doing this for 8 years and I am a professional. My clients book me because of the relationship we create during and after the session. Because God gave me a gift to love people and to cherish relationships. I know that every person He brings into my life there is a reason.” It went silent for a second. I wondered if I had went too far. I have tried so hard to keep my religious beliefs to myself and not involve them into business. But at that moment that was all I could think of. Maybe I was just emotional because one of my first clients had grown into a beautiful young and successful woman. But it didn’t take her long and she responded, “You are hired.” I could hear that she was moved by what I had just said. I remember years ago this sweet girl Kennedi’s mom probably hired me the exact same way. We never knew that years later I would pray for her all the time and become a part of her life. But through the years I’ve watched her grow into one pretty amazing woman and I couldn’t be more proud of her. So every day for the rest of my life if I’m ever asked why I spend sleepless nights editing or summers without fun or my family it will be because of the relationships I create through this business. I never started this business to get rich, I knew God had a bigger plan! So Kennedi, even though you have no idea how much you have impacted my life, now you do. I’ll be your biggest cheerleader! And then in many years when you get married and have your own family I will still be there to not only capture those memories but to hug you and thank you for showing me why I work these long hours and do what I do every day! Because when I look back you were one of the first kiddos I remember leaving the session knowing God had so much more in store for me other than making money and this being my career. I’m so excited to watch you grow up and capture so many amazing memories in you life! Hugs girly! 

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