For those of you reading this who don’t know me well, I love a bit of feedback. I love it when people come up to me and tell me how gorgeous my photos are. It means that, as an Oldham photographer, the the financial as well as timely efforts to improve is paying off. When people express their gratitude for My Mum Stories, it makes me happy that 100% of what I achieve through my business is down to the efforts I put in. Likewise, when I get given an idea for something to try or improve, I love it!
Photography is a considered purchase that doesn’t usually require specific action by a deadline. I understand that some view it as a luxury whilst others don’t see it as a necessity. On the other hand, others believe it is one of the best investments you can make in documenting your life in a way that just can’t be replicated on a mobile phone camera. Unless you take the time to consider and use your judgement when it comes to professional photography, you could be making a huge mistake, either financially in paying more or less than you wish or even the regret of not investing in photography before the moment passes.
Common concern #1 It’s not the right time
With this one I totally acknowledge it. As an Oldham photographer, mum of two, school Trustee and then some, I could certainly do with a few extra hours every day. In reality that’s not going to happen so I know that I need to be wise and use my time more effectively when I need to, which will enable me to do the things that matter. Does that ring a bell with you? When I overlay that with the fear of regret and how I would feel for NOT doing something, that usually spurs me on to find the time to do what I want or need to do. Personally, I know that the regret of not capturing key milestones in my families life through the art of photography can be a popular one. I know if I got run over by a bus tomorrow, I literally have no regrets because I find time to do what I need to.
(aka I’m too busy)
Similarly, if you think you don’t have the time, consider how important and how much of a priority having a suite of family photographs is to you just now. See the time as a chance to connect, make new memories and have fun! With me, sessions are not timed so I work to your needs and requirements working swiftly and effectively to create fab and fun photos. I have a knack with kids, all kids. I just do! My big ‘bag of tricks’ to make our time together such an adventure for kids of all ages is always a winner. Of course, I am CRB checked too so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands. Just to give you an idea, this session with Archie took well over two hours, which is absolutely fine! Time is a gift.
Common concern #2 Im too thin/fat/my hair need washing/etc etc
This is me everyday! There is always something, usually the fact that I am leaving the house with no make up on! To be fair, it is this concern that has inspired me to take 18 photos of myself in 2018. However, at the heart of Inspired by Joseph is authentic photography, capturing real moments in real life. It’s not about a blemish free face, it’s about an intimate moment between a family. I work with all of my clients on how to be confident in front of the camera before we meet as well as on the day plus I challenge anyone to give me a go and not be pleased not just with the final photos but with the process of getting to those photos too!
Common concern #3 The weather
Four very different seasons means rain, sun, or anything in between is the norm! As an Oldham photographer, some of the best photos I have ever taken are in the month of November with a beautifully crisp winter sky and gorgeous sun. Clients often come to me thinking photographs are only for summer, wrong! Harsh sunlight is something that photographers avoid! I always work with my clients in the run up to the big day and we can always reschedule if the weather is not on our side. Saying that, you can do great things with a brolly and a pair of wellies….. See this photo below? I cannot tell you how cold it was on this day but you can’t tell, can you?
Common concern #4 I can do it myself
I have no doubt that most people can take a decent enough photo, on the go, from their mobile. The problem often lies in that there is always someone who misses out by taking the photograph! Also, it is usually that same person behind the camera time and time again which means they don’t feature in many, if not any, photos. Yes, selfies are great too and have their time and place but for me, it just isn’t the same. You could be really unlucky like I was! Having climbed to the top of Mount Vesuvius and asking a passer by to take a family photo, this happened, I kid you not. And because I was so hot and sweaty having carried Victoria the whole way I didn’t notice til we got to the bottom. Tragic.
Add in a photographers experience and talent, not to mention extensive equipment and investment in training, it makes for an easy decision.
Common concern #5 I can’t afford it
I understand that money is tight when you have a baby and photography can be classed as a luxury. If I can’t afford something, what I tend to do is flip it on it’s head and ask myself what could I do to make it happen? Reviewing what I currently spend to calculate what I can ditch usually means I can work through it! If you want something and put your mind to it, and do it! Sometimes this may mean a few months of saving but it is totally worth it! Presently, I also offer a payment plan if you want to spread the cost. Simply contact me for further information.
Common concern #6 I didn’t like a past experience with a photographer or didn’t like the photos
I’m sorry to hear that! I’ve been in that boat too so I can totally relate. Consequently, all I can say is that all photographers are not the same. It may just be that you didn’t pick the right one last time. I have 8 top tips for choosing the right photographer which could be really helpful. Or check out what others have made of the Inspired By Joseph experience.
Common concern #7 I don’t live in Oldham
Not a problem as I can be anywhere you need me to be! I’ve been as far away as Sorrento so I am here ready and waiting!
Other blog posts you might find useful:
8 top tips for choosing a photographer
What everyone hates talking about… Pricing. A true story
The Truth: Why are photographers are so expensive?