January and February are always tough months to be a photographer. Unless you photograph newborns (which I don't), there is not much call for Studio Sessions or Weddings. I have been working too much at L.L.Bean to line up more than a couple of weddings this summer, and no Studio Sessions. So, I decided it was time to try a little advertising through FaceBook. [Time for a little self serving advertising, please like my Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-Walker-Photography/114541688557470?fref=photo Thank you!]
The advertising led to a query e-mail from a young lady in Portland, Queenie. She was interested in a photo session on Valentines Day. Now I was thrilled, but not quite sure if the session would actually happen. Another Blizzard was due to hit Portland and Lewiston, Maine on Saturday afternoon. I made the appointment with Queenie for Saturday afternoon, and crossed my fingers. Queenie ,and her friend Chris, were a little late, but they made it. What a great couple. We chatted for awhile, and discussed what she had in mind as I showed them the Studio. We just began playing with poses, and locations and tried to have fun. It was fun shooting in the Studio again, especially with the lights.
And, as luck would finally have it, the Blizzard went south and north of us. But, only a couple inches fell in the mid-coast region of Maine. The weather man called this one wrong, and the brunt of the Blizzard went out to sea. With over 78 inches of snow having already fallen in the last few weeks, it was time we had a break.
I am handing in my resignation with L.L.Bean for the end of March. I need to devote more time to my Photography. It has been a good 14 years with L.L.Bean, but time to move on and do what I really enjoy doing, Photographing People... I have Studio Time available for Families, Couples, Corporate Headshots, and Models that need to update their portfolios. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be interested in booking a shoot.
On another note, I feel honored to have been asked to join the Board of Directors for Maine Professional Photography Association. I am looking forward to our annual convention in Brunswick in April, and entering the Photography competition with some of my Portraits.