Makia Images' Best of 2018 | Denver CO Family Photographer
January 8, 2019
Whew ya'll 2018 has come to an end...where did the time go? I just can't help but ask that question, and yes, I ask the question every year, because the older you get the faster the years seem to fly by. If you are in your early twenties, you will see all too soon how the "time flying by" phenomenon works.
One of my favorite things about starting a new year is recapping the previous year. It's easily one of my favorite tasks, because the other new year tasks I typically have to do involve figuring out sales taxes, renewing business licenses, digging up receipts for taxes, trying to remember mileage; you know, all the mundane stuff you must do if you would like to stay out of IRS jail, or wherever you go when you don't do that stuff correctly.
It's hard to believe, but I just completed my fourth full year in business here in the Denver area, and in those four years, I have finally figured out what makes my little business tick. About time huh? If you want to know what makes my business uniquely me, keep reading!
1) I'm about making sessions relaxed and fun so clients enjoy the process - and are not excessively focused on the outcome. I had one client tell me that they had so much fun during their session that they forgot to worry about how the photos were going to come out? If there's one thing I can guarantee, it's if you have good memories of your session, it will be reflected in your photos, and you will love them!
2) I want to document the "real"...staying true to who you are as an individual, couple or family; and staying true to the scenery we are working with. So if your toddler is going through a grumpy stretch in life, we're going to make the best of documenting it, and I won't be photoshopping any smiles on his/her face! And if it wasn't snowing at your session, I won't be creating snow in your photos. I also won't be altering your already cute body type to make it fit an image that we see in popular media, because it's not truly who "you" are; and that's not who I am. In other words, you will never see any "excessive editing" from me. And a side note, there's nothing wrong with photographers that do that style of editing, it's just not my style.
3) I value long term connections and want to document your family's and extended family's milestones. So in a two year span, I may do family photos for you, then the following year when your kid is a high school senior I'd do senior photos for him/her and then later that summer, photograph your parents 50th wedding anniversary celebration. This is a win/win for everyone because we have a rapport now, as we are all comfy with each other and it's like seeing an old friend and catching up over a few hours.
4) I love all kinds of diversity, in age, in culture, in religion, as that's how we not only learn about others, but how we realize the many shared experiences we actually have in common. This year I had the privilege of photographing a Bat Mitzvah ceremony (my first one), and I learned so much about Jewish culture and tradition in just a few short hours; and how it merges with my own Christian traditions.
5) I want the memories we create together to end up on your walls, and in books on your coffee table rather than trapped on your desktops, laptops and devices, never to be seen again. You have invested a ton of time and effort planning your session, money on outfits, session fees, and digital images; so the artwork we create deserves to be on your walls for you to enjoy it, for your children to look at it with pride, and for your friends and family to "ooo and ahhh" over them when they come to visit.
So as I recap my work for 2018, I am looking at it through the lens of my top 5 business values and I can see how each session/event fits into these values and I am proud of what we have created together. Now, are you ready?!?!!!!
If you've stuck around this long, you will see that in addition to the everyday moments with family I got to capture, there were seniors celebrating their final year in high school, families celebrating the addition of new members by adoption, engagements, elopements, and an 80th birthday and a B'Nai Mitzvah. It was an amazing year, and I am humbled and grateful to have been invited to be a part of it. Thank you for welcoming me into your families for a few hours.
ps....see you here again next month!