I am not a “look at me!” kind of person… never have been…I was the little girl that hid under the church pew when the pastor said hello to me. Always the quiet one around people I didn’t know. The one labeled shy. Think wallflower. Age has improved this, but I have come to accept that God made me to be exactly who I am… and that is more than fine.
I don’t advertise… I am not a social media expert (in fact, I am terrible at it)… the introvert in me cries out to NOT share my feelings or thoughts for fear of being hurt by others… which has affected what I write on this blog…my SEO stinks because I am not good at tweaking the “whatever” on this site to make Google love me. Honestly, the deck is stacked against me in anyone finding me in this Great.Big.World. But when they do… when someone chooses me out of the deep well of never-ending photographer options in San Antonio to be their family photographer, it’s a big deal. To be trusted with another person’s hard earned money and to take high-quality photos of their family…. I don’t take that lightly and certainly not for granted.
Maybe you are reading this and thinking “what’s the big deal?”… Photographer…Schmotographer…”pick one and get some pretty pictures“. We live in a very disposable society these days… “out with the old, in with the new”… and there is always something or someone new. Always. Someone cheaper. Someone offering “this” or “that”. None more than in the photography world. The market is flooded with photographers these days and when someone says “I want to work with you”… it means something to that photographer. As an artist, when your work and your words can stand out and be seen in a loud, overcrowded, competitive world it is humbling.
For me, when a family keeps coming back for me to capture new moments… well, my cup runneth over. I mean that sincerely. This family has allowed me to photograph their new babies and the beauty of their family numerous times (I think 4 to be exact!). I hope they read this… I hope they know how thankful I am to photograph them again and again… thankful for their trust in me… thankful for their loyalty…
by Melissa Lloyd