A couple days ago I posted a blog wanting to hear how y'all were doing. My inbox exploded with emails!!! YAY!!!! That's just what I wanted!! There are also a few people who were brave enough to leave comments below, so check them out too.
I want to put a few snippets from emails so you see a little about who's reading everyday (just like you!) :)
First off, my BF from college, Regan, sent me the L-O-N-G-E-S-T email in the world - it seriously took more than 30 minutes to read it all, and included links to photo albums. She definitely gets the overachiever award. She's been globe-trotting like nobody's business: Arizona, South Carolina, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, back to Missouri and Kansas. This is the same girl who spent almost two years living in New Zealand - crazy! The coolest part is that she takes crazy-good photos from all her travels, and even sells them! Check it out here: make sure to check out her fab headshot taken by meeeeee!!!
Next up is a photographer who came to my recent workshop and is now interning with a local photographer - good for her!! She brought up something near and dear to me (inadvertently): the balance between family and work. With three girls, I explained to her the importance of maintaining that balance. It makes me appreciate Lauren and Meredith, who are in the office everyday helping my life stay MANAGEABLE!!!
Another favorite post is from another workshop attendee, who has a blog about her sweet family here I'm amazed and inspired by how upbeat she is through the tribulations her family is enduring. She's such a positive person! Certainly you should read her blog and pray for her family. Definitely an inspiration!!!!
And check this out: a bridesmaid from a 2009 wedding is in the Air Force and about to head to Afghanistan!! She said, "Our mission will be to work on behalf of the local governments and travel around our assigned province talking to tribal leaders finding out what we can do for them...anything from building wells and schools to holding health clinics. Pretty stinking neat huh?!" Um, YEAH!!!!!! Talk about making a freaking difference!
This next person I'm keeping anonymous: a family member of hers was kidnapped from a high school (I would be out of my mind!!!) and then later it turned out to be a runaway (either way - I'd be freaking!). This person is also working on becoming a photographer professionally and has an outdoor wedding booked, which is already causing anxiety. My advice: once you build a relationship with the couple, the pictures will be much easier and the day will be much smoother. Also, do a lot of advanced planning with the couple. I know you can't plan for everything, but the more everyone is on the same page, the better!
Up next, a nursing student at UAMS - she's been dating her bf for a fairly long time and is thinking of a 2011 wedding (so great that she's planning ahead!) She says, "I would love to have you photograph my wedding...and engagement pics. I absolutely love your laid back style." Well, now, that was nice! But she also says, "I love the fact that you care about everyone you do business with." And this, in fact, is what I care most about her realizing. I'm so glad that it comes across in my blog or website or facebook or however she knows this. Because it is so true: I do this because of the relationships I form with my clients. I could do anything that allowed me such a privilege - it just so happens, though, that I'm pretty good at taking pictures ;)
Lastly, I got an email from a FB friend (never met her in person) who is an amateur photog in Conway, AR. She says, "Well, I've been a follower of your blog and "fantabulous" work for a little over a year now. I'm just starting out on my photography journey and love how you capture these moments. It's been really nice to see how you've captured some of my ADPi sisters recently." BTW, I love those ADPi sisters! :) And then she says, and this is the good part, "I'm the friend with a camera glued to her face at every get together, probably driving my friends crazy!" - And you know what I say? I appreciate you! I hope every circle of friends has the friend with the camera glued to her face. Unfortunately, I don't have many pictures of myself growing up and really wish I did! So, good for you! If you're friends think you're crazy, let them. They'll be thankful down the road!
Okay, so that about does it! We covered the gamut, didn't we?! I wish I could post them all! I love stories, and I love knowing what's going on in the lives of my readers/followers! Please keep it up! I promise I will!
I definitely have the coolest blog readers on the planet!!
Talk to you soon,
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