So Happy 2018! Yep..over 3 months in and this is my very first post of the year. Been so busy with my 365 Project (which I really need to make a post of its own) that I've neglected to hit y'all off with an updated blog. Well if it's any consolation, I've been thinking about this topic for a while. That should technically count as being an earlier post if I wanted to reach a bit.
If there's one thing I have really learned to appreciate in the business, it's customer loyalty. Mainly because it seems to be so rare. Especially in the Dallas market where there is certainly no lack of photographers. Now the photogs that are good at what they do are a little harder to come by. However, you quickly discover that many people don't care about that. They are looking at their bottomline so quality tends to take a backseat sometimes.
You also have to thick skin doing this. When there comes an instance where that couple you did a shoot for decides to go elsewhere for their engagement shoot, you can't take it personally. Or when the couple you did an engagement shoot for chooses someone else for their wedding photog. Although I can't even lie...that one does baffle me. If you really enjoyed the photos from your session then why not maintain that loyalty with the same photog? But I digress....
The Beamons are a shining example of those folks that have always been loyal customers. I first met them when a friend recommended them to me for their wedding. They didn't know me from Adam but took a chance on this little ol country boy anyway. It started with an epic engagement session and they were sold for the wedding pics also. The result was one of my favorite weddings ever. Not to mention what remains to this day one of my favorite pre-ceremony images ever of Courtney and all his best men.
It could have ended there, but it didn't. They came back to me again for their family pics which gives you the image you see here. To say it was an adventure would be an understatement. That little fella was quite the handful as we tried everything possible to get him to stay focused. I think we ended up getting some good images though as we all chipped in to make it happen.
I can't even stress how much I arppeciate loyal customers. I still have folks from back home in Iowa who faithfully seek out my return dates so they can shoot with me. That will never cease to amaze me. I keep hoping to have that same type of luck in the Dallas area. I refuse to believe that it's just a regional thing. I will just have to keep being persistent until it happens.