I am a photographer. I take pictures for a living. I know what goes into preparing for a session, executing the session, editing, ordering and delivering exceptional service and product to my clients. What I had forgotten, was what it was like to be the client.
Once I made the decision to launch my website, I quickly realized I needed some images of ME. Ummm....yep, you guessed it, I don't really have any. I'm always the one behind the camera and almost never in front of it. I figured I probably shouldn't try to pull off an Instagram car or bathroom selfie for my business page, and now that I think about it, I would really like to have some quality images of the kids and I TOGETHER anyway.
So, I took to the internet to see what I could find. I became the client. This was brand new...I haven't had my own session in almost....well.....since Emma was about a year old?? (Note: Emma is 11) Yes, it's been that long! And it was a JCPenny session at that. I always have current images of the kids so I guess I never really thought about me not being in them. Insert Hash Tag Photographer Problems here.
I googled "Randolph, NJ Family Photographer"....and being a visual person, I clicked images. I took a quick scroll down and then I saw this...
That image of that little bunny was what made me stop. I clicked on the little bunny image and then the link to the page and I found Stacy Canzonieri AKA Stacy Mae Photography. Snooped around her website and loved what I was seeing. The style of photography that I enjoy was displayed throughout her website.
Now, to hire her..... Will I be able to book last minute? I mean, it is the busy season, I know that...what if I can't get on her books until 2014? Not to mention, I need these images for my website...most photographers explicitly state in their contracts that the images can not be used for profit, commercial purposes, professional display, etc. So much to ask, so much to explain...so much....
I was turning more into my mother with every passing minute. My first contact email to Stacy went something like....here is my whole life story from birth until now and do you have ANYTHING open, I will gladly take a weekday session, pull my kids out of school, pay you quadruple and only take up 20 minutes of your time for 3 images. You know...all the stuff any photographer would want to hear....and send. Then I worried that I was over the top and she wasn't going to reply.
But, she did reply, and ever so sweetly. She welcomed me to the area, was supportive of my decision to begin my photography business in New Jersey, complimented me on the example I was setting for my children, extended me an offer that she doesn't usually offer to new clients (her mini session) AND she could schedule me within 2-3 weeks! We exchanged a few more emails each one showed her sincerity. I was very excited for my session!
After 2 reschedules due to weather conditions, the day came for our session. I had stressed over wardrobe, stressed over weather, stressed over teenage boy protests, stressed over getting Emma out of school in time, making to the location on time, making a good impression (because it would be nice to be able to have a chat from time to time with someone who understands the stresses of your career) and stressed over NOT BEING THE PHOTOGRAPHER...I had to be sure to let her run the session, not step on toes, etc.
Stacy was even nicer in person, she has a sweet little voice and a great personality. She made my kids laugh, she played along with their silly ideas and she paid attention to the details...like my lens cap being on my camera for images when it probably shouldn't have been. :) My session with Stacy was everything I had hoped for and more. I can not thank her enough for my experience and for my wonderful images.
Check out some of our images by Stacy Mae Photography below and see more of her work at www.stacymaephotography.com
And my absolute favorite image of the kids... <3
THANK YOU, STACY....for everything!