(Originally posted January 2012)
I was pointed to http://fototails.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/a-letter-on-my-doorstep-portraits-are-more-than-paper/ earlier today and thought it worth sharing. Obviously, it’s been a while since I wrote anything here and while you may not believe it, I have been meaning to and have a short list of items I want to blog about shortly.
This photographer is luckier than most. I seriously doubt that many get these thoughts about his/her work put into writing, and delivered to their doorstep. What a gift! If it weren’t so sad what is going on in the customer’s life, you would probably ask them permission to use this as marketing for your photo business.
Don’t get me wrong. I see the emotion involved here and the emotional blackmail angle that some would point out to anyone hoping to make bank from this letter. I also know that the point the letter writer is trying to make is that life is sometimes short and memories are often all we have left of those we love. Having lost both of my parents already, I cherish the photos that I have of both of them.
How many times do you take a pass on a great photo purchase, thinking that it is too expensive? Can you really put a cash value on a memory?