It Ought to Begin by Being Personal!
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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It's hard to imagine life without the movies, and my husband and I are both huge movie-lovers.  When he was in the Army, we would travel to North Carolina to spend time with my family and we would always escape for a "movie day" together.  My parents were always happy to have the time alone with the kids.  There were times we would see as many as three movies in the same day!  So it's not too surprising when you hear one of us quoting a line from a movie that means a lot to us.  I asked on my facebook page who could tell me what movie a quote was from - and it was less than a minute before I got the exact response!!


"It wasn't... personal."

"What is that supposed to mean? I am so sick of that. All that means is that it wasn't personal to you. But it was personal to me. It's *personal* to a lot of people. And what's so wrong with being personal, anyway?...Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal."


This is a quote from "You've Got Mail" with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan... I believe it's from around 1998.  And I love this quote!!  It is one that comes to mind a lot, and even more as I deal with my own photography business.  But dealing with other businesses aside, I'm only thinking right now about how I deal with my own clients.  It is just not my personality to keep my clients in the "business" category when I'm working with them!  I have to get personal with them!  I'm asking them to let me capture WHO they truly are... to allow me to capture a piece of their personality, to see a piece of their heart in the images that I record with my camera.  And to do that - it requires getting personal.  But that is what I love the most about being a photographer and working with the people that I am so blessed to work with...and I hope it is what keeps my clients coming back again & again and referring their friends and family to me as well.


Meet JM...he's 5-yrs-old.  I was doing a session with him and his sweet 10-yr-old sister.  Their personalities are as different as they could be.  He's "out there" and she's quiet and much more reserved.  They are both just as sweet as they could be!  But when I was first taking some solo shots of JM, I asked him if he had a girlfriend.  

That usually gets quite a reaction from the little boys!  But JM surprised me... he kind of got serious, and then he started describing his little girlfriend to me.  His face was so sweet I wanted to just hug him!  But I captured those moments as he was talking to me... because the pictures tell the story of that afternoon, and that conversation.  And I can promise you, when I look at these images years from now, I will smile and remember his sweet little voice telling me all about his girlfriend... and just how much I laughed when he then said "and she has orange hair!" 


For me, as a photographer (or any business role I may ever play!) it will always begin by being personal.  And I always appreciate if someone thinks kindly enough to regard me in that way as well!