October 28th, 2010
Six months ago, my life completely changed. My husband’s company asked us to move to New England so that he could continue to expand his business and be closer to his clients. Our boys were 2 ½ and 8 months at the time. I had lived in the Tampa Bay area since I was eight. A new adventure, I told myself one minute. Yikes! I said to myself the next. An OPPORTUNITY, I finally decided.
I had lived in Newburyport, Mass. just a few weeks when I decided to sit down and e-mail Christine. As she mentioned in a previous post, the subject of my message: “proposition.” I wanted her to at least read it before she totally rejected the idea! I proposed she meet me in New York City, a photographer’s dream, and teach me everything, I mean everything, she knew.
It had been several years (University of Florida journalism school, 2002, to be exact) since I focused solely on my camera. As a reporter for the Tampa Tribune, I was often asked to shoot photos to accompany my stories, but usually I was on assignment as a reporter first and photographer second. I spent years doing side projects with friends’ weddings, children, pregnancies, etc. But now, I had the OPPORTUNITY to go for it. Start my own business. Fill a niche where I saw a void in my cute little northshore town.
Christine said yes. She said YES! So we started making plans.
To say that Christine and I hit it off is an understatement. She shot some photos of my family and I before we left Tampa, so I had met her. But spending two hours with someone while wrangling two little ones for a photo shoot is not exactly sitting down and having coffee. So, I’d hoped I wasn’t being over-confident when I decided we would share a hotel room for the weekend. Somehow I just knew we would be fine.
And fine we were… Christine taught me so much about my equipment, about using my talent and about how to run a business. There wasn’t a moment we weren’t “talking shop.” (OK, those few times we were stuffing our faces with fare only New York City can offer, we weren’t talking at all!) She set up an itinerary, organized photo shoots galore and even managed to make use of our wait time in the Mac store by shooting out a really cool window. She was a little flustered when our schedule was derailed due to a computer problem, but I wasn’t worried. She was teaching me, refreshing me, building up my confidence. Just the fact that she was concerned at all showed me how seriously she had taken my “proposition” and that she really did want me to succeed.
Now that I’m home, I’m thankful the buzz has not worn off. We got some orders and some feedback from our clients – all raving reviews – and Christine has continued to answer all my questions. I’m now in the process of working with a graphic designer on my logo and branding materials and a web designer for my website and blog. Let’s just say, thanks to Christine, my OPPORTUNITY is turning into reality and I could not be more excited. I know Christine will continue to be successful in her business and I can only hope that I can follow in her footsteps.
Below are a few of my favorites from our weekend of photo shoots. Enjoy!