Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Thankful Perspective

When I began my journey in photography many years ago with a Canon 35mm film camera I never thought that I'd be where I am today.  I've been published both domestically and internationally in 3 different publications.  I have participated in international print competitions against the greatest creatives from around the world, my work has been commissioned by fashion designers that have worked with Lady Gaga and Beyonce' just to name a few.

Back in the early 2000's when I was shooting Indy Racing and the IRL did I ever believe that I would become a sought after portrait, fashion and headshot photographer.  It's two different worlds going from race cars tracking at 230 mph to a model standing still.  That being said I love what I do!

My clients mean the world to me, and I cannot thank them enough for trusting me with their images. From my corporate headshot clients to my high school seniors each has a need and we deliver on that need.  My headshot clients are either trying to brand or rebrand themselves and my work and style allows them to do that perfectly.  After all a professional and well done headshot is in some case the first impression a business has to make in front of a potential client.  Decisions to spend money with a company at times comes down to that headshot.  I know personally I have hired individuals because of their headshot...It shows they care!

As for my senior clients I have one job, and that is to make their dreams come true.  Being a senior in high school and graduating is a major milestone in the lives of young people and that time in their life must be captured perfectly.  It must be captured professionally. And it must be done to the need of the client.  I never schedule a session unless I have met with the client and at least one parent.  I like to call it a "getting to know you session" where we discuss their contract and plan their shoot all the down to the smallest details in hair, makeup and wardrobe. My team is such a valuable asset, they allow me to create over and above what they do with the client.  We create a very relaxed, professional and personal environment both in the studio and on our location sets.

I am not a photographer that takes every job or potential client that calls or emails me.  And I realize for one reason or another I may not be for everyone but to those that have hired me I thank you and couldn't be doing it without you.

This is a business, R Nolan Photography is a full time studio.  I am not a guy with a camera and a few open weekends when the weather gets nice.  I am not a guy that will expand my offerings and compromise my own business beliefs by adding baby mini sessions just because I want to take a "Dream Vacation" or but a hot tub.
I am not in this for short term dollars.  I have built a business organically, I have struggled at times to fill my book when I first began but that is no longer happening.  In fact, I have senior portrait clients in my book for the 2019 and 2020 graduating classes already.  And that has happened for a few reasons, one I have worked my ass off and two MY CLIENTS ROCK!

You may be to this point and say well, where's this thankful perspective the title states?  Well, it's right here.  Without my clients it's pretty obvious my business wouldn't be around.  They have spread to word to their friends and family that have become clients and that is the most humbling thing in the world to me.

So thank you for reading, thank you for your consideration and most of all thank you for being the best clients in the world!