I’ve said it before and you could probably bet money that I’ll say it again, but one of my absolute favorite things about my job is the relationships that I get to create and build! For me during sessions it’s not just about getting incredible images (although that’s certainly a part of it) but it’s about the time that I get to know each family, the time I get to spend time with each couple! Everybody has a story, and being welcomed into so many is a joy!
During sessions I talk.
Like, a lot.
I ask questions because I genuinely want to know my people! That’s what creates friendships (which again, is why I do what I do!)
But knowing that a year (or multiple years) before I see that family again is a long time. Aka: A long time for me to forget details! After I’ve completed my session, I go home and open the program I use to do all my invoicing, project building, bookkeeping etc. There I open that family (or couple’s) project and go to the notes section of their file. I type in things that are significant about the family (what the husband does, what sports the kids play, pets names etc) so that the next time I hopefully get to take their family photos I can click open the notes section and refresh my memory!
Not only does that help generate quality questions the next time I see them (How is your job at ______? Are you still enjoying it? What’s new with _______?) but it also instantly refreshes the connection between each family and is a solid foundation to continue building friendships. I promise it will help you, helps your memory, helps build what you started the previous year! It takes a couple minutes but will make a profound impact on your business! Give it a try….