When I was about 2 years old, my best friend in the world was Christine. She was about 6 weeks younger than me, and our mothers had been pregnant together. They found a coupon in the paper giving them great discounts on J.C. Penney photo shoots for children, and bundled us off to get our pictures taken. I was a very verbal child by then, and Christine had taken to referring to herself in 3rd person as Nini Ruf (Christine Ruth). We were both VERY opinionated, as toddlers get. The poor photographer had no idea what he was in for. When Christine got all set up for her pictures, nothing in the world would induce her to smile. She kept saying of the photographer “Nini Ruf no like dat man” embarrassing her poor mother to no end. There were no pictures of a happy Christine that day. My mother was secretly hoping that her daughter would do better. No such luck.
Photographer: Rebecca Sue, what’s this? (Ducks behind camera) “Baaaaa”
Me: It’s a camera.
Photographer: Rebecca Sue, what’s this? (Ducks behind camera) “MooooOOOOooooo”
Me: (a little huffy) It’s a camera.
Photographer: Rebecca Sue, what’s this? (Ducks behind camera) ” Ooooink Oooink!”
Me: (Pointedly) It’ a Camera!
Photographer: Rebecca Sue, what’s this? (Ducks behind camera, desperately) “Woof, Woof!”
Me (Exasperated) I told you three times already. IT’S. A. CAMERA!
Not for the first time, and certainly not for the last, my mother wished the floor would open up and swallow her and her know-it-all daughter.
I, on the other hand, side with Christine. That was not a good photographer.
My friend Janie, on the other hand, is a very good photographer. [1.] She has also been an amazing friend to me. When I opened up my Etsy shop I asked her for some photography tips. She responded by a) photographing a bunch of my stuff and b) commissioning a couple of pieces c) using a lace overlay I found in my great aunt’s attic to great effect. It just has blown me away. You should check out my shop and see her handiwork. She is amazing. This is just a snippet of how amazing Janie is. She opened her home to me when I needed it, and has been the best friend through some of my worst moments. I thank God for her all the time. I was very lucky to come across her in my Vox days, and meet her (thank you Kelly and Lindsey). I am very blessed to call her a friend. She is in a high eschalon of those who are more like a sister to me than a friend.
If you are in the VA, MD, DC area, you should hire her. She and her husband are excellent photographers. They do great things with kids, families, and weddings. She cares about each of her clients personally. You would be lucky to have Janie in your life. Go check her work out. She will be much better with you than J.C. Penney guy was with me and Nini.
1. I actually have been very blessed to have a number of good photographers in my friends and family. Moe and Kris, Dawn, my new sis-in-law Katie to name just a few.