Ten years?? How did that happen??? I can’t believe how quickly ten years flies by. I have so many things to be thankful for. There wouldn’t be a Smile House without my wonderful clients. I can’t express enough how much I appreciate you choosing me to document your family history. I know I say it all the time but it truly is an honor. I want to thank each and everyone one of you… I love celebrating your children’s milestones with you. I love spending the most important day with a bride and groom as they promise to love each and I will cry at their wedding. Thank goodness for auto focus! I still get sentimental when a baby I’ve been photographing for years is no longer a “baby”… and proclaims he’s a “Big Boy” during our session. My heart always hurts for parents as they cry watching the slideshow of their graduating senior because they know that their “baby” will be heading off to college. Thank you… for sharing these moments with me and trusting me to tell the story of your lives with portraits.
I want to thank my husband Bryan too. He’s supported me this whole time. Without his love and support I could have never made it this far. Thank you for believing in me and always being there. Thank you to my son too who’s put up with being over photographed and made to model and for not complaining too much when I wanted to take “just one more”. I’m so proud you’re learning photoshop. I see a summer job in your future buddy!
A little side note: When I opened The Smile House my boy was only 16 months old. I had previously worked at home so I remember this day very very well. I remember it because it was the first time I left my boy in daycare. He cried his eyes out when I left him…and so did I. It was the hardest thing I had to do. It was also the first day my new studio was officially open. I remember walking in and the smell of paint was still very fresh… and I felt a sense of pride. I remember working on marketing and designing advertisements. I desperately hoped the phone would magically start ringing. It didn’t that day. It sure did a few weeks later though. When I picked my boy up from daycare he was SO happy to see me. They gave me some artwork the teacher helped them make in class. It was a sun with hand prints and it was titled “Sunny Day” It had the date on it too with his name. I love this piece of kid art. Even though I’ve had four different studios this piece of art STILL hangs on my wall. I’ll treasure it always.
So… in celebration of 10 years I’m going to have some contest through out the year! I may even have an open house! Who doesn’t like a party?? The FIRST contest… is a fun one. Nothing THRILLS me more than to see my photos displayed in your homes! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me!!
Here’s the contest….
Take a photo of MY photos on your wall… or your album (if you’re not a wall portrait person) and email them to me at info @ thesmilehouse.com (take out spaces) I’ll be posting them on my facebook page and at the end of the week… everyone who sent one in… will be entered to win a $500 gift certificate to The Smile House! How easy is that contest??? Contest ends SUNDAY MARCH 9th.
The Small Print: GC has no cash value. Must be used within one year. Non transferable. Good For New Sessions Only.
Again… thank you all from the bottom of my heart!!