I think back on when I went skydiving this September. I know it was expensive, but I don't remember how much it cost. Really, I'd have to look it up. All I remember is the exhilerating rush of adrenaline as I fell towards the coast of Hawaii. (and, of coure, the gratitude that my life was spared that day!)
I remember the experience.
(yup, that's me, my husband Sean, and our best friend, Brent)
For me, photography isn't about receiving a check and delivering images. I'd never last in a job without a soul. Yes, I have to make a living but the underlying motive is to give a great experience along with those images, so that value takes all. It helps me sleep at night.
I recently heard from a bride of mine from 2006, my first official wedding season. She was checking in to tell me they were looking at their album and fell deeper into love again. She mentioned their memory of me being part of the wedding and my eyes welled up with tears. Even back then, when I had so much to learn, the foundation of creating a lasting memory of experience was built. (Thank you Julie! sniff. sniff.)
The overwhelmingly positive response from my clients means I'm practicing what I'm preaching. I'm so happy to be able to give you all an experience to remember and whether you all know it or not, the feeling is very mutual.
If you have had an incredible experience doing something you'll remember for the rest of your life, share it below in the comments! I'd love to hear it!