I started my photography business 10 years ago. I was not good, but I had myself a nice camera and some pioneer woman actions and thought I could move mountains. Well kinda, I still didn’t have very much confidence in my skills so I took many hiatuses and only shot for 2 people, myself and Sarah. I took a couple of clients here and there, but for the first few years I refused to shoot for anyone else. I just wasn’t confident enough to put myself out there.
Sarah was the person that cheered me on the most. From the beginning she would refuse to let me shoot her family for free. She told me I was worth more than that. She suffered through those early years with me. The years when I called her crying telling her I couldn’t do it. She asked me and only me to capture the most important moments of their lives. Every family picture, when their first foster son came home she called ME and had faith in ME to be the one to take the pictures that she knew might be the only things she had to look back on one day if her baby didn’t get to stay with her. She traveled state lines multiple times to have me take her family’s pictures as they've grown from a couple to a family of 4.
Sarah is the person that told me I could do it. She is the person that told me I was doing it when I didn’t think I was doing it well enough and when I told her last year that I was going to begin taking outside clients again she is the one that said, “Finally! You should have been all along.”
I think we all need those people in our lives who tell us we are worth something. That what we have to give and what we are is not only enough, but bucket loads more than enough. We need someone to have faith in us when we don’t have it in ourselves. Sarah is one of those people for me. She is the one that kept cheering me on and encouraging me to step out and do what I loved because I loved it. I hope I can be that person to someone else and pass the goodness along.