I love my clients. And I think the feeling is mutual. They keep saying nice things and I love the excitement when they see their photos for the first time after a session. Today I was thinking about how we ended up in this mutual love-fest, and I have a hunch it's because we value the same things and have similar goals -- whether intuitively or consciously -- when we book a session for their family.
Thank you for being you. Thank you for letting me see you, and make images for you of your wonderful family: fun loving, wild, quiet, and silly. You invite me into these precious moments and I'm so grateful. Thank you.
While meeting with an amazing person I today during our conversation I found myself asking them, "How are you practicing self-care?" As the words escaped my mouth a giant mirror reflected them right back to me. It was now a question I had to answer for myself ... and struggled to answer in a way that left me confident in my current self-care routine.
As I drove away from the appointment I thought: You are your own best asset. If you're not recharging well you'll run out of steam. You can't run on a dead battery anymore than you can wish your smartphone into being fully charged.
So I find myself curious and asking these questions:
These questions can feel thorny -- they have a tendency to do that. But if I want to carry on in the work I love, I have to pause, adjust, and allow myself to sink into un-productive time (it's where inspiration comes from often for me).