and nervous is a huge understatement!
So here I was, standing before my first teeny tiny step into success here in Spokane, WA. My very first session at my new home. I was terrified! What if I mess up? What if I'm too weird for these people? What if I make some lame joke or got something stuck between my teeth when I first see them!? What if my hands are super shaky and the pictures don't turn out because of it!? I was so scared, the day before I even went to the store to get new make up, to make sure I look great and leave a good first impression!
Thinking about all of that now, I just can't help but laugh. How silly I was....
The day of the session started out really badly. It rained. Great. One of the worst nightmares every Photographer has. Urgh... it was frustrating, but I kept telling myself "think positive, it'll be alright.." and it was! By the time I left for the session, the rain had stopped, THANK GOD! One less thing to worry about....
When I arrived, my heart was beating so fast, I was still so very nervous, but there's no going back now. I grabbed my camera bag, put on the right gear and walked to the spot where my Clients were waiting. I told myself that it'll be okay, "Theresa, you've literally done this a hundred times before! This isn't your FIRST session. You GOT this!"
Then there they were, my first Clients in Spokane, patiently waiting by the pond, mesmerised by the ducks paddling and dabbling in the water. As soon as we laid eyes on each other all my fears and nervousness magically vanished. I snapped into "Photographer Mode". And I mean that literally! Let me explain:
-- A few months ago I visited my sister. She's the complete opposit of me in so many ways. There's one I'd like to mention specifically. You see, I have a million photos of me and my husband. Silly selfies, cell phone shots, action shots, professional shots, pictures taken with a tripod, .... you get the idea. Those photos are all hanging up on the walls in our home, there's barely any space anymore. But my sister has like no photos of her and her significant other, so I told her I would take pictures of her and her better half to fix that!
We were all sightseeing and walking through the city, and there I found this beautiful little road in a public garden with the cutest archway I had ever seen. I posed them right under it and just did what I always do during sessions. Try to be funny to get all natural smiles and make them feel comfortable.
Afer a few shots and different poses my sister said to me with huge eyes: "what was THAT?! You were so different just now, you went fully into Photographer Mode, all funny and goofy! That was so cool!!" My husband responded to her, smiling: "you've never seen that before? She does this every time she picks up her camera. It's soooooooo cute."
had no idea what they were talking about!!! But after thinking about it for a little while, I realized they're completly right. I do that every single time I turn my camera on. I forget everything else around me and 100% of my attention goes to the subject(s) I photograph and my camera. It was that moment that made me realize, I do have a "Photographer Mode"!
Anyway... back to the original story ----
When I saw my Clients standing there waiting for me, I went into "Photographer Mode".
I put a smile on my face and all my fears and worries were gone. Nothing else mattered in this world, my whole attention went to little miss Shelby. My "subject" for the day :-)
This 1 1/2 year old girl, with the cutest little blond angel curls! She has cheeks you just want to pinch all day and the dress she was wearing!!!! Perfect choice! She immediately smiled at me and after the meet and greet with everyone, we started snapping pictures right away!
Shelby was in such a good mood, infatuated with all the ducks at the pond, she kept trying to feed them sticks she had picked up along the walkway. I thought it was going to be a little challenging to get her away from them, but Shelby's grandma, who came along to the session, just had a way of distracting her and keeping her happy. This little girl LOVES her grandma, you could definitely tell!
The whole family - Shelby, her mom Kylee, Shelby's grandma and Kylee's cousin - made my first day of work a pleasant, relaxing and wonderful experience. On my "what to expect / welcome page" I talk about how much better and comfortable the session is for both, Clients and Photographer, when we "talk each others ears off". And we definitely did! :-)
We utilized the variety that Manito Park has to offer, From the pond to the woods, across the lilac field and up to the rose garden, I think we actually did more walking than anything else! I'm so surprised that Miss Shelby did so good during the whole session, especially since her mom told me she hadn't napped that day! I didn't even have to try hard to get great images, Shelby made it too easy!
She loved picking up sticks, racing her mom after counting to 3, chasing and stomping bubbles and watching the ducks! She is such a happy little girl, being around her made my day.
All in all, I'm happy that all the worries I had were quickly taken away. I couldn't have asked for better first Clients. They made the start into my career here in Spokane nothing short of a perfect experience. Thank you, Shelby, Kylee and family! Thank you so very much!
- Theresa Burkhart Photography, located in SPOKANE, WA
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