There’s so much good right now. There’s also so much busy but I’ve decided to only pay attention to the good and ignore the busy. Busy brings on the good… no?
I’ve had the opportunity to meet several new families this fall which makes me oh-so-happy. I really like the idea of creating new family photos so that they can shared during the holidays, be it as gifts or greeting cards sending warm wishes. And it isn’t over – I have even more sessions at the end of this month and have lined up my November sessions as well. It’s a sweet feeling to know that so many people out there like what I do that they’re willing to wait a few weeks to meet up with me. I love them for it.
But this weekend, the fall family sessions are going on hold for a few days. I’ve had it on my calendar for months, bought my ticket a few weeks back and now it’s finally here: I’m headed to Atlanta to spend the weekend shooting alongside Katie.
It’s funny how mine and Katie’s friendship started. We seriously just happened upon each other’s blogs three years ago. But a few short weeks after discovering new blogs to tune into, we learned that we worked in the same industry. I was a TV buyer, she was a TV sales rep. The rest was history.
I’ve never bonded so quickly with another person – we understood how our work influenced our personal lives and became each other’s sounding board. We gave each other support when things got difficult in the office. We celebrated when things were great. And we celebrated even more when we actually got the opportunity to work together. Katie became my sales rep – not only was she already my blog buddy, but we did business together. Legitimately. Phone conversations about TV stations in Houston, emails about preempts and affidavits… it’s was so nice to have such an understanding and warm person, a friend, as a sales rep.
From there, our friendship took on an even larger role as we continually supported each other through the ups and downs of starting our own photography businesses. We’ve shared our frustrations, our discoveries, and have had Gmail chats and phone calls about how evil Photoshop is. We talk equipment, vendors, things that we experience along the way. Maybe the fact that we’re in different regions makes it easier, but Katie’s been my photog-confidant since day one. And a non-judgey, super funny, wonderfully witty confidant she is.
While it might sound odd to some that I’m making the trek to Atlanta to spend time with Katie’s family and to photograph a wedding with her, everything feels right to me. I know that she and I haven’t had the pleasure of shaking hands yet and that might scare some people, but it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I feel like I’ve known Katie and her family forever – I worked with her sister to get a shower gift to her, I’m familiar with her mother in-law’s art and refer to her husband and little boy as if I saw them only a few days ago.
Yeah, I’ve got butterflies but I can’t wait for this weekend to start. There’s so much good in it. And I’ve only got a few more hours to wait. :)