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“family Portraits are much more than just paper”

This is a copy of the letter left on the doorstep of a professional photographer, Jeanine Thurston.

Written by Karen L. “Portraits are more than paper”   First Posted on January 2, 2012

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Capturing times together as a family is priceless!

Today I am writing for a couple of reasons. I have some quiet time at the moment and need to get a couple of things off my mind. I will leave this for my husband to deliver to you when he is ready. You photographed my wedding, you photographed my first pregnancy and my first baby. I contacted you awhile back to photograph my 2nd child and family. After getting prices and realizing I would want all of the pictures as we love your work – I decided against spending $500+ – which is what I normally spend for portraits and prints with you. Please know it is not because I don’t value your amazing eye, or how much we love the experience. That week that I decided to NOT do a session with you, this is how I spent some money. On Sunday I called and cancelled our session. Monday I went out and got my hair cut ($39+tip), and coloured ($65), Thursday I had my nails done ($24), my family went out to dinner at a somewhat expensive restaurant for no particular reason costing us $79 + tip. This was just 4 days since cancelling our session, already totalling over $200 for unnecessary things. My nails only lasted about 2 weeks, my hair is gone, and seven weeks passed when I got the phone call from our doctor. It was not something I expected and the cancer has spread very quickly. I will be leaving my husband, my 6 year old girl and my now 2 year old – not by choice. It is very hard for me to talk about it which is why I need to write you. I watch your Face book page and your posts about the value of a photo and if I could give back all of those things that I purchased this few weeks after I cancelled my session with you, knowing what I know now, and have that session, well… I would do it in a heartbeat. Now my time is done and there are no more chances for me. The next time someone cancels a session – my wish is that you forward this letter to them. Time is fragile, it is gone before you know you had it. If you charged $200 for one print it wouldn’t be enough for what it is actually worth. I cringe to think that my priorities were a manicure over a memory to pass onto my babies and husband. My love and thanks for what you have given us from past photos. I am so sorry that I did not see it as more than paper until now. Karen L.

When was the last time you had the experience of forgetting time and really connecting with your kids and family?   Contact  Essential Photography today on 9893 2248  or  email info@essentialphotography.com.au

 

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Essential Photography’s William Lamb is a Melbourne family photographer, providing a modern twist to maternity, newborn, baby, child, family and couples photography in his Ringwood studio as well as location photography in handpicked outdoor settings.