This fall, my youngest daughter started jazz company at the dance studio. Each year head shots of the company dancers are put up in the studio. When the day came around to take those head shots, Eva wasn’t able to have her photo taken because she was participating in a service project for Y Princess. We were told there would be a make up for the head shots.
Eva is a very persistent child and asked me constantly when the make ups would be.
Well, after a very exhausting World Card Making Day weekend, I realized a day too late that the make up head shots were on Sunday!!!!! I completely forgot….
I emailed the studio to ask what I could do and they pretty much said too bad, so sad.
I was in a panic! I usually say, “oh, the problems of first world children…they’ll be fine”. There are much worse things in the world. Right?
But I know Eva. This was important to her and it was MY fault that she missed it.
I KNEW she would be devestated seeing the entire company – minus her – on the wall.
Once I was turned down by the studio, I decided I would go straight to the photographer.
I gave him a call and he surprised me by saying he would be glad to make it up for her, gave me a few options on dates and times, then hit me with a proposal.
I could pay the sitting fee…OR…he could take photos of both of the girls – he needs photos of dancers for his portfolio and website.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME??????
Holy cow! Not only did I solve my problem, but he’s going to take really cool photos of both girls??? and they will be on his website??? and possibly in the studio’s program as an ad???? WOW! Not taking NO for an answer really paid off!
When I told the girls, they were thrilled.
When I told the girls the story, I started with how I messed up, then hit them with the lesson…don’t give up and don’t take no for an answer!
I also thought it was pretty cool that the photographer saw an opportunity and grabbed it. What a great quality in a business person. Many opportunities come our way and it’s important to recognize them and grab them when they do.
James Cook came to the house, set up a make shift studio and spent about 1 – 1/2 hours with the girls. He did an amazing job. The girls felt comfortable and part of his creativity. It was such a fun afternoon that I know the girls will remember.
He sent me a few photos…these are a few of my favorites….
You can see more of his work and a few more of the girls on his website here.
This is definitely a scrapbook-worthy story! Thanks for letting me share it.