It's worth it, I'm worth it. All the hard work that goes into a session is totally worth it. Not only does the "off camera" work of a photographer include the boring stuff like taxes, marketing, gear maintenance, insurance, image storage, etc. (I could go on for hours) it also includes lots of things I LOVE too and every aspect is worth it.
I LOVE planning sessions. I met with a client the other day and the excitement was remarkable. From planning colors, to outfits, to locations; I'm not sure who is more excited for this session to take place. I even enjoy the time spent before and after a clients planning meeting visualizing and nit picking the details of their session.
I absolutely LOVE the session. This is the work the client gets to see. I adore bringing families into my studio, working with them on poses, fixing hair when needed, providing outfits when desired, and so much more. A recent client mentioned how easy it was to prepare for the session as all they had to do was provide themselves and a few simple things. Even when she forgot headbands for her older girls, she didn't need them. You should see my collection!
I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with editing. When I edit newborns, smiley babies, mommy and child images, and images like below my excitement is over the top but the time it takes to accomplish this, honestly, can get insane! I'm guilty of using the TV as a babysitter as I edit the hours away and guilty of staying up until a early morning hour. Then when I'm getting ready to save a session, after spending HOURS to create it just perfect, and your computer fails - that's the WORST! The love comes from the final product, the slideshow I prepare, and the gallery I create. The anticipation I feel when I send that email "Hey mama!! Your images are ready! When is a good time to stop in to see them?" it's indescribable. It's butterflies EVERY time!
Which leads me to....
I LOOVE LOOOVE LOOOOVE the reveal. To see the raw emotion with parents is something I will never get tired of. It literally takes my breath away. There are more times then not mom AND I end up in tears. It's where the sweat, back aches, hard work, TV babysitter, long nights, headaches, time, education, and planning all come to fruit.
If someone would have told me when I started this career almost 4 years ago that so much time and love could go into one session I would have NEVER believed them. I adore my clients and I cherish my job. I am so blessed to be able to do what I love and still be home with my babies. It's SO worth it!