The All American Family
As a photographer I strive daily to continue learning my craft while pushing the creative envelope. I will be starting a personal project of my own called "The All American Family".
I will be looking for those wishing to be a part of this project. Here's the kicker, I would like to work with those who have "Non-Traditional" families. Those wishing to be a part of my personal project will receive a free portrait session.
Why "Non-Traditional" families?
Because I myself came from a non-traditional family. I grew up in a Blended Family. I had 2 moms and a dad. My biological parents were married for a short time, divorced and my father remarried. My biological mother had (2) sons and (1) daughter from a previous marriage before my dad, then had me. When my father remarried, his new wife had (2) sons from her previous marriage. Needless to say, I had a lot of siblings! Try explaining all of them to your friends at school, it wasn't always easy. I tended to draw out a lot of diagrams.
I had the true honor and pleasure of photographing Hellen on Sunday, September 21st. She entered and won my "Free Maternity Portrait Session". When I told her she won she couldn't believe it. In fact, she told her friend "This can't be real, I don't win anything". She was such a sweetheart and willing to go to great lengths to help us capture beautiful sunset maternity portraits for her.
Hellen is from a small town called Lone Pine. Her and her boyfriend met each other while being stationed together in Southern California. Get this, they are BOTH United States Marines! Hellen is currently stationed in Southern California. Sadly her boyfriend will be missing not only the birth of their first child, but also the first 5 months of her life as he is currently deployed. Though it has been hard having her boyfriend deployed during her first pregnancy, Hellen is comforted by his phone calls and emails. He always has a way of cheering her up and making her day better.
I don't know about you, but I think Hellen looks amazing. Does she even look like she's 33 weeks pregnant! I couldn't believe it either, but she is. I personally know that I can't wait for her to share these beautiful portraits with her boyfriend, family and friends!
I hope you all enjoy the images, please feel free to share the. Be sure to check me out on social media!
Have a blessed day,
Heather J. Potter Photography
A Maternity portrait session allows you to take the time out of your busy schedule and embrace the fact that you are about to be a mommy, either for the first time or again! Either way, it's a time to celebrate and feel beautiful. It's a fantastic opportunity to creatively document your growing belly and your beautiful pregnant glow. Being able to look back on your beautiful maternity portraits is an incredible feeling, the time goes quickly and you'll soon be holding your little bundle of joy!
I typically get asked "When Do I Hire A Maternity Photographer?" (read blog for additional information) . Typically the best time for your Maternity Portrait Session would be some where between 32 and 38 weeks, unless you are carrying multiples. I always suggest that moms having multiples schedule their Maternity Portrait Session around 25-30 weeks. As you get farther along in your pregnancy, being able to move around freely can sometimes be restricted, because of this be sure to schedule your Maternity Portrait Session long before you get to be 32 weeks along (25 for multiples).
Your Maternity Portrait Sessions can be held at an offsite location of your choice. I typically suggest local parks, beaches and even some non-traditional places like downtown which offer some pretty amazing backdrops for your session.
The next biggest questions I get asked is "Heather, what am I even going to wear!?". I suggest the following to my maternity clients. Wear lighter colors with neutral tons such as tan, grey, beige and cream. They tend to work best for your maternity session and it doesn't matter the location either. Add a splash of bold color to your session with a special necklace or scarf. It's best to stick with fitted tops, long skirts that are flowing. Many different options out there, check out my "What To Wear During A Maternity Session" blog! Plus - I have several Maternity Gowns you are more than welcome to use during your session. If you have any specifics for your session, please share them with me. I will be more than happy to help accommodate your needs.
I offer a special portrait bundle for those wishing to capture this time in with a Belly to Baby Portrait package. Book a Belly to Baby package and receive a discount rate. Please ask any questions you may have and know that a custom package can be created for you and your family.
Belly to Baby Portrait Session
Session Bundle is $400.00
2 Sessions in 1 year will include: Maternity and Newborn Portrait Sessions
Are you looking for birth portrait session? Please contact me to discuss my availability.
*Please consider pre-booking the above sessions to allow proper time to plan.
**BOOK YOUR SESSIONS NOW AND SAVE EVEN MORE**
$350 for BOTH Sessions if booked before September 30, 2014.
Schedule your Maternity and Newborn sessions on any day you would like (as long as I'm free!). No need to use your sessions right away!
This may not be a secret to everyone, but I will tell you there are more times than not that I hear of professional photographers getting stressed out because they aren't booking as many sessions as they would like, their clients are coming back to them because they raised their prices or that potential clients are "scared" of their "new prices".
Here's something you may already know, but I'll say it again just in case you haven't heard it or you need a reminder ... "You aren't going to be the photographer for everyone."
I repeat "You aren't going to be the photographer for everyone".
Just like, I’m not the photographer for everyone. In fact, lets face it NO ONE is the photographer for EVERYONE.
The moment you become "OK" with the notion of "You aren't going to be the photographer for everyone" the better you, your business and your clients will be.
I'm serious, isn't it time to take a step back and realize we can be accepted for who we are as individuals and as business owners? We don't need to please everyone, frankly that's going to be way too hard. You'll die trying to please everyone, your bills won't get paid and you'll be miserable ... so my suggestion is to STOP!
Does this sound at all remotely familiar?
NEWS FLASH ....
Their request WAS NOT ... I repeat WAS NOT a personal attack on YOU, YOUR BUSINESS or YOUR PROFESSIONAL SKILLS. Their email or communication with you was their way of asking "can you meet my needs as a photographer".
My suggestion would be to use a diplomatic approach while responding both professionally and kindly. If you can, refer them to someone who does fit their needs. Maybe you know a local photographer who is running a special or who is building up their portfolio. If you aren't able to offer a referral, simply let them know that you do not offer that type of service or package.
End of Chat.
There’s no need to share the story online with your friends, clients, or within a Facebook Photographers Group. There is no need to shame the potential client because they won't conform to your needs. Remember, you aren't conforming to their needs either.
One more thing - they aren't the "BAD GUYS!". They simply aren't YOUR CLIENT and that's OK!
Remember what I said above? That's right ....
"You aren't going to be the photographer for everyone".
Now, if you find you are getting a lot of “not your clients” contacting you, perhaps it’s time to revisit your business plan.
What language are you using?
You'll first NEED to KNOW who your ideal client is ...
If you haven’t, perhaps you need to sit down and do just that.
I highly recommend figuring out how to effectively communicate with your potential client. You will need to know who he or she is and what type of session will appeal to him or her
The above mentioned questions are those you should be asking your potential clients, there are more questions if you'd like a list of potential questions let me know. I would be happy to message you or post them here.
In asking questions to your clients, you will be speaking directly to his or her specific needs. This is also a very easy way of being able to filter out those who you aren't able to service. Which will help you decrease the number of "not ideal" potential client inquiries.
Don't be shocked if it still happens from time to time, because it will. When it does happen, remember to be polite, graceful and show then dignity when responding.
Have a blessed day,
Heather J. Potter
Heather J. Potter