Let's begin, shall we?
Maria Von Trapp, played by Julie Andrews, sweetly sang to us, "Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start." This sounds like sensible advice, but I find it to be a bit challenging. Is the beginning the year I formerly began Best Light Photography? Is the beginning when my first Nikon arrived? Is the beginning when I was born with a camera in my hand? Or does the beginning go back to before my birth when my mother loved taking pictures? It's hard to say when the beginning began.
I started working under the name Best Light Photography several years ago. Before that, my daughter Chelsey and I shot under a company name that belonged to her. Now, both of us shoot separately and together, depending on the project, and we enjoy being a team. We have now expanded to have other family members join us, something I don't think my husband, Bud, was counting on! Up until now, our photography business has had to fit around our personal lives. Our lives have taken many turns and Best Light Photography has always known just where to fit. While we were moving, Best Light Photography sat patiently while we got things in order and created our new home space. Once done, Best Light Photography stepped forward, like an old friend, and allowed us to indulge again. While we took care of my mother in her last years, Best Light Photography respectfully took post on the sidelines and waited for us to once again give a grin and a nod. When Chelsey had her hands full caring for her toddler, Truitt, (my grandson), Best Light Photography laughed and said, "I know the routine, call me when you need me again."
I know it sounds odd to speak of a company like it were a living, breathing person, but the relationship feels just like that. Best Light Photography is a wonderful creative outlet, one that cannot be duplicated by any other means. I can think of no better process for making our artistic vision appear than photography. Best Light Photography brings people into our lives. What begins as a phone call from a stranger, becomes a family we photograph each and every year. What begins as a phone call from a panicked groom, becomes a beautiful wedding forever captured in a linen portrait. What begins as a FaceBook comment, becomes a stack of photos headed for frames to be wrapped and put under a Christmas tree. Best Light Photography is our way to time travel. If we've been there or done it, chances are we snapped it, keeping it forever. It's especially sentimental to look at photos of a graduate's senior session and remember when you did the same for her older sister. Life truly goes on.
Though difficult to determine where our beginning began, one thing is certain...our journey continues. You're invited to join us.
Linda Burnett & Chelsey Long
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