Last night I had the amazing privilege to attend the PASS premier in Denver. When I signed up a couple months ago to attend, I honestly had no clue what it would be about, all I knew was that I would get to meet David Jay, Promise Tangeman and Zach and Jody Gray and to me, that was all I needed to know! I knew it would be a great night but I have to admit that I was absolutely blown away by the sheer amazingness of it. I won’t go into the details of PASS but it is definitely something that is going to revolutionize the photography industry and I am so excited for the changes it is bringing. However, even with as amazing as this new technology and capability is, the best part of last night by far was the relationships I got to be a part of and the stories I heard shared that left me reinvigorated in my dream of wedding photography. I am still on a complete high from it today. I left last night feeling, “I love EVERYONE, I want to be friends with EVERYBODY and I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT EVERYTHING!”. Trust me, no one knows the true extent of my craziness better than I. Well, and of course Paul. ;)
Promise Tangeman (one of my favorite designers ever!) and her husband Brian:
I was nervous leading up to yesterday. I always thought if I met a Hollywood celeb that I wouldn’t go all gaga and crazy. And I still think that’s probably true. But a Broadway celeb or a photography celeb??? Yes, I just might get starstruck. Just call me Super Geek with a capital Super. And if you are in the photography world, you probably know that David Jay, Promise Tangeman and Zach and Jody Gray ARE photography celebs. They will deny that title up and down but that only adds to their awesomeness. Yesterday as I was getting ready I said a prayer. It went a little like this: “God, I know I am going to be nervous tonight, please help me to be able to be myself and to be a good conversator”. Yep-conversator. Good one Sara. And that my friends IS PRECISELY WHY I WAS PRAYING FOR HELP! Obviously. I was a little weak in the knees meeting each one of them and I was just praising the good Lord that I didn’t say something too embarassing or trip and fall on my rear. Each one of them was so down to earth though that I felt like we had been longtime friends. Each one of them has such a gift of putting people at ease and making people feel valued. I want to be better at that. I tried not to talk too much, but let’s just call that effort a work in progress folks.
Each presentation was beyond wonderful but the one that spoke most deeply to where I’m at in my business right now was the presentation by Zach and Jody. It was as if they gave me permission to run with the ideas I have had for my business. I couldn’t have verbalized it at the time, but when I was planning my wedding, I wanted a photographer I could have a relationship with. Someone I felt so comfortable with because I felt like I already knew them before the wedding day even arrived. However, I didn’t know any better and I assumed every photographer would want a relationship with their clients as well, because well, who wouldn’t? Especially with clients as super cool as Paul and I, duh! (<–Totally kidding friends!) I chose my photographer based on their portfolio alone and I wasn’t happy at all with my wedding photography. Don’t get me wrong, the pictures are well-done, and I don’t blame my photographer because she never claimed to be the personality I was seeking. But I wanted more than just good pictures, I wanted an experience. This has greatly shaped who I am as a wedding photographer. I love people and I love and believe in marriage and I want to invest in THAT. Yes I love photography. Yes I love looking at beautiful art and yummy creamy images, but more important than that to me are the people in my photographs. THEY are what I care most deeply about and their marriage is what drives me in my business. Zach and Jody inspired me to care more deeply for people and to serve more selflessly. It makes me even more excited and thankful for the brides and grooms I have already worked with and those who are putting their trust in me in the future.
The last week of school my 1st graders completed a “1st grade memory book”. In it included a page that asked them to list 3 things they are already good at, 3 things they are getting good at and 3 things they want to be good at someday. I thought it would be fun to try it out and I’m encouraging you all to do it as well! Trust me, the “3 things I am already good at” is the hardest, but you can start with the other sections first like I did and work your way up. I couldn’t think of anything I could consider myself truly good at (since I never have the feeling of having “arrived” at a skill-there is ALWAYS room for improvement, right??) so I texted Paul for help. His response? “Photography! Making people happy/laugh, looking good, being organized and self-motived”. My favorite was when he said I am good at looking good. Because that is awfully kind coming from a guy who sees me with hair reminiscing of a bad 80’s beauty pageant and smudged mascara every morning! Good grief, I love that man.
3 things I am already good at:
Eating ice cream <–This answer is inspired by one of my 1st grade girls. I miss her. We had so much in common-obvs.
Making Paul laugh.
Being courageous when pursuing my dreams.
3 things I am getting good at:
Being a better
conversatorconversationalist. Listening more, talking less. Still a work in progress, but I am learning. Paul is GREAT at this, he is the perfect balance and a great encourager in this area.
Being my goofy self in public and being confident about it.
Sending out birthday/mother’s day/father’s day/anniversary cards and gifts on time. My dad’s birthday gift was a week late but my mom’s mother’s day gift only arrived 2 days belated! That shows I’m TOTALLY getting better you guys!
3 things I hope to be good at someday:
Baking light and fluffy chocolate chip cookies. Mine always end up flat and crispy and Paul lovingly refers to them as my anorexic cookies.
Making the perfect cup of coffee.
Helping other photographers build their businesses.
Keeping plants alive for longer than a week.
Yoga. And not dreading it.
Okay, okay, I have a lot of life goals, you couldn’t have possibly expected I’d only have THREE things I hope to be good at someday, right?
So if you’ve made it this far in my post, here’s where it is your turn. Whether this is your first time reading my blog, your 10th time or whether you have followed my business from the start (hi mom!) I challenge you to comment on today’s post with: 3 things you are already good at, 3 things you are getting good at, and 3 things you hope to be good at someday. Even if you only do 1 thing for each section, I still encourage you to do it! I will NOT think you are a stalker, even if I don’t know you and we have never met. Promise. I will actually love you for it, and then we can be friends. :-)