The amount of sessions that end in hugs and tears really just solidify what I know is this: I am SUPPOSED to be doing what I’m doing.
Yesterday I was having a conversation with a client/friend about how thankful I am to be doing something that I love SO much. I remember when I was getting close to the end of my time in Corporate America and I would cry on the way to and from work because the thought of doing it again just was too much for me. That’s real, right there, y’all. I really liked a lot of the people I worked with, but it just *did not* fill me up. Not in any way. I tried to use my gifts to make it a better place for everyone, but it just wasn’t right for me.
When I left my j-o-b in 2011, I never dreamed I would be starting a business in 2012. To be honest, when I bought my first camera I really just bought it because I wanted to take pretty pictures of my kids. The fact that people pay me to take pretty pictures of THEIR kids now just blows my mind on a daily basis. I’m eternally grateful for this opportunity and this life. I am proud — proud that I’ve worked my TAIL off to get to where I am — proud that after a lifetime of studying music and various art forms, I found myself in the midst of a career in the arts that fills me up in so many ways. I’m proud that the tears aren’t sad tears anymore and that I can share tears of joy with my clients who turn into friends along the way.
At the end of Kailey’s session, her mom and I hugged each other tight and cried real tears together. Kailey didn’t have the BEST experience with her senior portraits through the school, so she wasn’t sure if she even wanted to have a full-blown senior session. I’m so so glad her mom was able to convince her to do it because these photographs are absolutely stunning and are every bit a representation of who this girl is on the outside and the inside. I’ve had such a wonderful time getting to know this family and getting to know Kailey. Her session was full of fierce moments, sweet moments, hilarious stories, and just plain fun.
When Kailey left my studio after her session, she said something to the tune of “I’m sure the pictures are great, but I probably won’t like any of them.” OK TALK ABOUT THE PRESSURE BEING *ON* YOU GUYS. When she and her mama came in for their gallery reveal, they both were so so happy with them. Kailey loved so many photographs and we had a tough time getting them dwindled down for her album. This is why I do what I do. Moments like that fill me up, y’all. If I can make just ONE young person feel beautiful and see themselves as fierce and strong and gorgeous… I’ve done my job.
Kailey, you’re beautiful. Thanks for trusting me to capture your senior portraits!