Celebrating a third birthday is such an exciting time! If you’re like me you probably have thoughts of how fast time has gone, you are busy planning a party, deciding on a cake, picking up balloons and choosing the perfect gift. But for most of us – while it is a happy time – we probably take for granted that our little one is turning three. Because we have never even considered the thought that they wouldn’t.
My buddy Drake turned three years old today. He celebrated with an awesome fireman truck cake made by his mommy, and I am sure his smile beamed from ear to ear with his family all around him. But they are definitely not taking for granted his 3rd birthday. Because in their world – they can’t take a single day for granted, celebrating his 3rd birthday wasn’t a give-in. There were times they weren’t sure they would get to have this party. Drake was diagnosed a little less than a year ago with ALL (acute lymphocytic leukemia). So now, their days are spent in and out of the hospital, hoping for good health and good counts so they can do treatment, and playing with tractors, firetrucks, “apps”, and bubbles while Drake fights the cancer that is attacking his little body.
Help us cheer Drake on and wish him a happy birthday by donating to Cure Search to help fund research so that the number of 3 years olds that don’t get to celebrate their birthday goes down. Please donate – these kids and families NEED this research done. They need to know there is a treatment to make their child healthy again. Your donation can save lives.
I received this email from a client the other day and it brought tears to my eyes. I was referred to her through a friend and when we did their pictures it was immediately before her husband was to have a transplant. The day we went to do them it started raining – so knowing we didn’t have time to reschedule I wrapped my camera in my coat and we did the shoot in the rain. They were all such troopers and the pictures turned out beautiful. I wanted to share her email with all of you because I hope that you can see how important family pictures can be to someone fighting a serious illness and if you ever have a friend in this situation I hope that you will send them my way. It’s not that they need pictures because they aren’t going to win the fight, but more or less to empower them through the battle and so that they will be able to look back at the pictures years later to remember this chapter in their lives that will forever change them.
I wanted to give you a (late) heads up that I referred a friend to you. She was just diagnosed in January with cancer, and her husband has been battling cancer for the past couple years now. When I spoke with her last week I told her to get a family picture and I strongly suggested she call you. Catherine you were the best during a very difficult time when we rushed to get our pictures in before Steve’s transplant. And I want you to know how very important those pictures were and are to us. I told my friend how the family picture and the ones of the kids, traveled to and from the hospital with us for months and beautifully embodied to Steve every time he looked at them why he was going through this. People still talk about how great that family picture was 2 years later because we sent it out as our holiday card. I hope she calls you or has called you already. If she does contact you, the photo shoot will be as magical, meaningful and beautiful as it was for our family in your hands. Even through the rain drops we had, you captured a beauty, a peace, and a love I truly know we could have only gotten from you and for that thank you, thank you, thank you. You are a true artist.
You are the best and many blessing to you and your family!
Thanks and hugs,
We are officially on vacation until Wednesday, February 15th. Shoot us an email if you need anything and we will get back to you then! Just a reminder – you can access our online calendar to book your shoot any time by clicking on the calendar tab above. Have a great weekend and a Happy Valentine’s Day!
For those of you that haven’t seen it yet – we are so close to reaching 500 Fans on our Bosley Creative Facebook Page. But we need your help! Just simply go to http://www.facebook.com/bosleycreative – and like our page if you haven’t already. Then like our status about the contest, and share the status to get an additional entry! Once we hit 500 fans – we will draw from the status “likes” to see who wins a mini shoot.
Did we say “like” enough in this post?!
…So that I can build these kinds of rooms for my grandkids someday – ah-may-zing… check ’em out.
Get ready Boppa – you’re going to have your work cut out for you… 🙂
Don’t you love how no matter how old you get – you can still turn to your parents whenever you need them? This morning when I was at the downtown studio there was a bit of a sketchy situation, leaving me to feel a little uneasy to go back alone again after dark for my last shoot. Our Wednesday night are crazy with the kid’s schedules, so Matt couldn’t go – so I called up my dad and without hesitation he said he would go with me. It was so fun to have time to hang out with just him. And my mom is CONSTANTLY helping us out. If you have had a shoot on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday – most likely we were able to do that because my mom watched my little ones. I really couldn’t run this business with out all the help and support they give us. So THANK YOU Nana & Boppa! We really appreciate everything you guys do for us!
Every now and then we have what could be potential clients ask us to discount our pricing for them, or give them a special deal. Here’s just a few reasons why we have to say no.
#1 – It’s not fair to our clients that pay full price. Imagine how you would feel if you supported a small business and paid them full price every time you used them, probably even sent referrals to them, and then found out someone else, who is a brand new client, is paying less than you for the same service! You would be irritated to say the least. We would never want to do that to our supportive clients.
#2 – If I walked up to you and asked you to give me $100 cash out of your paycheck, would you do it? Probably not. It’s essentially what is being asked of us though. Photography isn’t just a hobby for me, it isn’t just a silly little thing I do on the side for fun. This IS my job. It’s how we pay our bills and feed our family of six. So asking me to discount my services is like taking money right out of my paycheck.
#3 – It sends the wrong message. We know our prices are higher than Sears. We’d like to think though that our pictures are better, and the experience isn’t even comparable. We consider ourselves a photography boutique. Our clients are willing to pay a little more for the quality of images, the way we shoot, and the experience they have. We don’t want to compromise that – so we also don’t compromise our pricing.
As personal of a business as photography is – it’s easy for the line to get blurred. Our clients become friends, and our friends become clients. Please understand that us charging you isn’t saying that we don’t appreciate the role you play in our lives, but more or less that we love this business and career so much that we want to make sure that we can do it forever.