Four years ago I attended a Sarah Beth Photography workshop in Charlotte NC. Not going to lie— I was a total fan girl meeting Sarah for the first time and learning how to photograph families like she does. She is legit my family photographer IDOL. Of course learning from her was a must— but her shooting my family one day was like top of my bucket list. Sarah is located in Indiana and opens her books every November for the following year. So every summer we plan a trip to Illinois to visit my family and have family photos by Sarah. All three kids have summer birthdays so its the perfect time for updated yearly photos! Our first session was last summer with her and I swear… we will drive halfway across the country every summer for family photos with her.
Now for the investment part. This topic has weighed on my heart heavily lately. Apart from being a photographer and knowing how much goes into running a photography business on the daily. Gear alone could buy me a brand new car! Im talking over 10k easy you guys. That is after taxes are taken out of everything we make. So taxes, gear, monthly bills for websites and galleries, internet bill, computers and accessories needed to edit, mentoring andddd tons more ( these are just the basics and I didnt even cover it all) … Just being the customer hiring someone else for our pictures…. Sarah couldnt put a price out there that I would not pay for these photos. I would drive and pay.. over and over and over again for the memories she has captured for me.
Photography should been an investment. I choose to not spend money on expensive shoes or designer bags, I dont drive a brand new car or have the newest iphone. I save for months for this session because its THAT important to me. These photos… and the love that Sarah captures… its us. Our hot mess and she captures it PERFECTLY. My children will have these images to look back on one day, my grandkids will see these, and maybe even my great grandkids. The legacy Chase and I leave behind will know how much we loved them, just by looking at these, and you cant put a price on that.
This is my first blog post about our family and I feel like I dont even have to tell you about us because these photos show us perfectly. Sarah- you are gold. This world needs more people with a heart like yours. Im so lucky to call you our lifetime photographer and a friend.
So everyone— meet the reason behind everything I do– heres us 🙂 — The Rhodes Family