I’ve had the opportunity to photograph many families before and after their children leave for LDS missions. I call them “last chance” photo shoots because that’s how the mother’s always put it when they call. (“It’s our last chance to get a family picture before they leave!”) It’s often a very tender time for these families and I’m so honored that they would let me be a part of it. I recently had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family before their oldest son left to serve the church for two years in Seattle, Washington. His mom said she’s always the photographer, so what she really wanted was pictures of her with her kids. I can absolutely relate! There are exactly 4 pictures of me in the world that I actually like. I was happy to make that happen for her.
One of the many reasons I do in person sales at my home office is so that I can be sure my clients really and truly love their portraits. There have been a few instances where I have just sent off galleries (because of time or distance) and it feels like I am sending them off into the wind. I never know for sure if those clients liked their portraits, or if they wished I could make some edits. I also find that the ordering process is much smoother when conducted in person. Most people need a bit of guidance about which portraits will look best together on a wall and what sizes will work best for certain portraits. I’m here to help! I love when my clients get a chance to see their portraits for the first time. When the mother of this beautiful family saw her portraits for the first time, she wept so much I had to restock my tissues. It was incredibly sweet and I hope that she feels that way as the years go by and she remembers this special time in her family’s life.