I am the husband of a professional photographer. I certainly don't know the ins-and-outs of formulating the perfect image, as Christy so masterfully does, but I do know how to set up the lights, change out the backdrops, collect the client information and 'gopher' anything else that is needed. I really do enjoy being around CHP.
This past week, I had the opportunity to accompany Christy on a delivery. There were several big pieces that needed my assistance, and I had met the clients prior, so I was looking forward to the drop off. What I observed made me realize why she is so passionate about each image.
As we began unveiling the prints, the expressions of joy grew greater and the smiles grew wider. I can't adequately describe how happy these parents were with the image of their beautiful baby girl, but I can still see those tears start to flow and that great big hug that the mom gave Christy. That's when it hit me. The pressure in each portrait session to get everything just right, it's because this is the type of moment that Christy strives for every time. When she says "I want you to LOVE your pictures", now I know what she means.
I think I will tag along on a few more deliveries. I might even learn how to take a photo someday.
It is great to be back on my blog! The activity of life and a new studio have pulled my attention from updating this site. Being busy is good, but I have missed sharing much about the past few months!
In celebration of opening a new studio in Clemmons, NC, I recently I issued a facebook challenge requesting suggestions for a fresh website tag line. I received many really good ones, mostly building on the idea of "capturing" or "developing" something special or memorable for the client. I also received some pretty funny ones that, unfortunately, wouldn't work for the official CHP brand; i.e., 'Shoot the Kids, Hang the Family and Frame the Wife', or perhaps 'Oh SNAP!'
Looking for originality, plus something that truly captured (there we go again) my philosophy with the business, I narrowed it down to a handful that were difficult to separate. However, after reading these over and over, I kept coming back to 'My Camera .... Your Story', submitted by Krista and Korey (your Panera gift card prize is on the way).
I especially like this saying because I believe the most compelling images are ones that share a story. My camera is the creative tool I use to capture this story. As a photographer, I aim to find YOUR story and record it through my lens. "My Camera...Your Story"
Thanks for all of your entries and words of encouragement!
I would love to photograph your story!