This morning I noticed that Facebook added some kind of story feature thing to our business page, so I figured it would be cool to tell our story there. It’s a story I’ve repeated in various bits and pieces over the years, but most haven’t heard it in it’s entirety and I definitely don’t have it written out anywhere. As Photographers, we consider ourselves the artists that illustrate the pages of our client’s family history books. Stories are important to us; we love them. It seemed fitting for us to share ours.
So after I wrote & posted our story, I couldn’t find it on Facebook. Not being super familiar with this new feature I got nervous that it would like maybe disappear in 24 hours or something, so I figured I’d copy it here. See, I’m all about preservation.
Once upon a time there was a young girl who liked to write poetry and take pictures. She grew up and pursued a career in business. She earned her master’s degree in Human Resources and worked in that field for many years …and she loved every minute of it. But she never stopped taking pictures. She took A LOT of pictures. In 2009 God called her family to adopt a child from Africa. A friend suggested she help fund their adoption by taking pictures in exchange for donations to their adoption fund. That sounded like a good idea and God used those donated funds to bring her son home. However, even after her son was home, the phone kept ringing with people who wanted to be photographed. Soon she found herself taking more and more pictures, and eventually she transitioned from her career in HR to a full time career as a photographer. Things were going so well that in 2015 she asked another talented photographer to join her. Lynn joined the studio as an additional family photographer, and has since expanded her photography offerings to include Fresh 48s, Boudoir, Proposals, Events, and Preschools.
A year later a woman named Sarah invited her for coffee to chat about photography. During that discussion, and much to the surprise of both women, she asked Sarah if she’d like to train to become the studio’s newborn photographer. The women looked across the table at each other with a delighted shock, and agreed to pray about the decision. It didn’t take long for God to confirm that this was the right step for Sarah and the studio, and by faith Sarah became the studio’s official newborn photographer in 2016. Since that time, the studio has increased in creativity, props, knitted goodies and doubled in the number of newborns we are blessed to snuggle and photograph each year.
The name Mercy Street Studio. Well, that’s where she believed she lived, right in the palm of God’s mercy – continually being blessed with more goodness than she could ever deserve.
The photo that accompanies this story is our most-photographed family, and represents the most precious and unexpected aspects of being photographers: the milestones & family history we’re trusted to capture and the relationships we’ve built with our clients and their families over the years.