I feel so incredibly fortunate to have met and photographed so many couples and families over the years. Having been in business for over 10 years, I have even had the opportunity to photograph some families many times over. Oftentimes, a couple will contact me in regards to their wedding which will then lead to a maternity session, a newborn session, holiday portrait sessions, and more. It is incredibly fun and rewarding to have the opportunity to document peoples’ lives.
Because I have been in business for so many years, I don’t spend a lot of time advertising my business. Referals from my clients provide me with plenty of work and each year that I photograph new clients, it further leads to even more clients. It is something that I didn’t fully realize in my earlier years but it is something that I am certainly very grateful for as it has propelled my business to levels I could never have forseen.
Although I do not advertise very much nowadays, I do intermittently use a service called Thumbtack for sourcing new clients. It is a really neat concept that matches service providers with individuals needing a certain task completed. It is most popular for individuals needing a plumber, carpenter, or even general handyman services. But it is also used for sourcing a wedding or family portrait photographer as well.
About a year or so ago, I received an inquiry through Thumbtack of a family who had just recently moved to Portland and who were wanting family portraits captured. Being a transplant from the Boston area myself, I could easily relate to the awe and wonderment of living in the Pacific Northwest for the first time. We captured their family portraits on Sauvie Island and as the weather turned bad, we headed to my photography studio for some additional portraits inside. Then, most recently, the same family contacted me again for some updated family portraits with the addition of their new daughter.
The family requested to have the portrait session at their home and to then capture some additional portraits by a rustic red barn that was within walking distance to their house. They are absolutely the sweetest family and both of their daughters are such a treat to photograph. They offered us a handful of tomatoes from their garden and were eager to make plans for another family session in the future. I am so grateful to have met this wonderful family and I look forward to documenting their family in the years to come. There is no greater honor than to see the images I have captured, hung on the walls of their home.