Monday Musing • Dear Clients & Friends...


I've been thinking a lot lately about the gift God gave me. I have been blessed with this talent and Now understand how precious it is to me. I know that I will continue to develop it AND in looking back over the last year it's very intriguing to reflect on.  

This time last year I moved to Colorado with hopes of an amazing new job and bright things on the horizon. However, it definitely wasn't that. I don't want to dwell on it to explain but to say the least this year has definitely been one of growth.  

I have learned a lot about who I am some of which I am happy about and some of which I am happy I have the ability to change. I learned how I deal with pressure and how much I can deal with before I just crumble.  

Ive never been through such intense, uncomfortable and enlightening experiences.  

In May when I realized it was time for a change. I found myself excited but nervous to go back to doing photography. I knew I loved it and could do it well since it was something I had been doing for years.  

I had been told from my job that I had been at that it was either all in or nothing. Meaning I could not allow photography to distract me from the position they wanted me in. Since they were paying me a significant amount of $$$ I figured-- "well, I do like money" And when I stopped photography my mindset was that it was tedious.  

That right there has changed more than I ever imagined. 

I now have a renewed absolute LOVE for what I am doing.  I eliminated all the things that were tedious and decided to focus on the things that brought me true joy.  

The people.  

The memories.  

The pieces of my art that now hang in the homes of the families I get to meet.  

It's such a blessing to get to know the people I am meeting or getting to see year after year. By increasing my customer interaction and customer service I actually enjoy my work even more! I'm so happy that I am literally waiting for my next shoot with excitement. I want to bust it out quick just to see or hear their adorable reactions! 

It's my own little version of the feeling you get when watching one of those really good romantic comedies.... I laugh, cry, smile and then get that warm fuzzy feeling like a happy ending. 

So, thank you my amazing clients and friends  for allowing me to be part of your journey in this life. Thank you for letting me document even just a piece of your happiness. You have made my life truly rich.





Tricks to Get the Conversation Started!

It is really interesting getting back into a different type of work. I didn’t realize how much more outgoing and friendly I was  when I was doing photography full-time. It was REALLY easy to talk to my clients and get to know them. I LOVED meeting new people and LOVED interacting with strangers. Today I was thinking about meeting a whole bunch of new people in a new area and I was stunned that I was slightly apprehensive. Don’t get me wrong I know I will love all the people I meet and have a great time but my first thought was, “What do I say?” lol

So I came up with a few conversation started for any situation that you may be in.

Take a read and if you have a few ideas of your own Let Me Know! I would love some more. 2 or more minds is way better than 1!


·         Tell me about you.

·         What do you like to do?

·         What’s your story?

·         Where did you grow up?

·         Do you have any pets?

·         What do you do for work?

·         What’s your passion?

·         Do you have any siblings?

·         What did you do last weekend?

·         Working on anything new and fun lately?

·         What are some of your hobbies?

·         What do you like to do in your spare time?

·         How do you know this ____. (Person, Place, or Thing)

·         Have you been to _______ (where ever you are) like this    before?

·         What was the best part of your day today?

·         What was the best part of your week so far?

·         Do you have any weekend plans?

·         What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?

·         What is your favorite holiday?

·         What is your favorite day of the week?

·         If you could meet ANYONE in history, who would be?

·         If you could meet someone who is alive right now, who would it be?

·         What are your favorite restaurants around here?


Can’t wait to hear some of your conversation starters! Throw in a few pick up lines if you have any I love randomly using those on Michael ;)