This is a very different kind of guest post. It's not about photography, but very definitely about an artist who recognizes life is short and opportunities to capture memories come in different techniques. "Maggie's" mother is wedding, portrait and family photographer, Cindy Harter Sims and yesterday on Facebook she posted...
"This share is a shameless brag for my daughter Maggie. This is her promo video for her painting career. She also wrote and recorded the original soundtrack for the video. Her original music can be found on Song Freedom for your video use, but I am so proud of how this turned out. She does a ton of live event painting and most of my brides and grooms hire her as wedding reception entertainment. She paints the bride and groom during the first dance and the bride and groom get a fabulous keepsake from their wedding. Will Wheeler is the film maker."
I love Maggie's concept. Doing a live painting during the first dance and presenting it to the bride and groom at the end of the evening is so unique. She really is creating an heirloom and so are you with your images.
Did you pick up on Maggie's comments about heirlooms?
"I preserve the memories of others with my paintings. I make heirlooms. I hope my work helps people remember what's important to them....life is short, too short, but the beauty of it is always there, to capture...forever."
Maggie is an incredibly talented artist who absolutely understands the value of her skill set.
As photographers so many of you have a hard time explaining to your clients why printed images are so important; why you might be more expensive than another photographer they're considering or why an album is more than just a book of pictures.
Listen to Maggie's comments and pay attention to how she's established the value of her finished work. She's giving you so many ideas on how to elevate the position of your the images you capture.
Interested in learning more about Maggie Smith Kühn? Check out her website.
A big thanks to Maggie and Maggie's Mom, my good friend Cindy. The two of you are a kick to know and it's gong to be so much fun following both of your careers!