I was told awhile back that I should REMOVE my faith and beliefs from my photography. That I will not attract my ‘ideal’ clients. That no one will want to have a photographer who openly shares their personal thoughts or life.
Well my answer…
I’m so sorry you feel that way. I’m sorry that you think I will never attract my ideal clients because I choose to openly say, “Yes, I am a sinner saved by grace. I know in my heart that our Lord sent his one and only son Jesus Christ to this Earth to live and die for our sins. So that we may one day be reunited with him in heaven.” I am sorry you think that my clients don’t enjoy my page, work, or blog because I am so open with my struggles and beliefs. That you feel the need to try to stop me.
But you see… I am loved and my clients LOVE how open I am. In fact I have booked clients and Brides all because I choose to be so open. They feel like they know me. That I am NOT just a photographer trying to make money. Yet I am a Wife, Mom, Photographer, and Sinner who chooses to embrace my weakness and crazy life. And I choose to allow my clients in to that secret world I hold so dear to my heart.
They know at the end of the day my photography is about LIFE AND LOVE. That my photography is about building a family of clients who embrace me for me. They understand that when they show up to their session or wedding… That they will have a BRIGHT, FUN, LOVING, AND FELLOW SHORT photographer who is ready to have fun and capture their memories for them.
I choose not to hide my life anymore. I choose to embrace it! I’ve hidden my life for years. Hidden secrets that destroyed me. And now after God has opened my heart and has shown me the way to go. I will NOT turn my back on that. NO MATTER what one may think.
If potential clients come to any of my social media sites or blog… And they see my faith and ups and downs… If they feel I am NOT the fit they are looking for. Well that’s okay. After all we each have our own view on life. We each can choose who we want to capture us and our lives. But then I may have those potential clients that come to my page and see my passion, my work, and love for our Lord. That may be the thing they need in their life most. That may be the sole reason for hiring me.
But whatever they choose… I will be picked because I am ME. AND THERE IS ONLY ONE OF ME! So those are the clients I will embrace with open arms and an open heart. Because they picked me and no other.
My faith, my Lord, my SAVIOR Jesus Christ has the final say on how I approach and choose to build my photography. And right now… I feel in my heart and soul. That this is the place and way he is choosing to use me. A woman who has struggles. A woman who is willing to admit she is weak and in need of a savior. A woman who is brave enough to SCREAM, “This is my life. This is my photography. And I choose to make sure my Lord and Savior is with me through it all. The good and the bad. The light and the dark. He is with me ALWAYS!”
***TO MY POTENTIAL CLIENTS***
If you are reading this. I hope you too can embrace my choice of openly sharing my life and faith. And if you look through my sites and blog and see a photographer you would LOVE to capture you and your memories. Well, I hope you message me and book your next event with Tashena Shaw Photography. Because I would be honored if you picked this short little spunky photographer who isn’t afraid to be herself with all her weaknesses. I would be honored to add you to our family.
EMAIL | TashenaShawPhotography@yahoo.com