Aside from it being Thanksgiving week, I feel incredibly grateful for having a business that I love. ATP (Annie Tao Photography) is like my fourth baby that I created out of a passion for Art and a love for children. It began with a vision and took years of nurturing to help it grow into what it is today. I am really proud of each of my kids: Mia, Ian, Ava…and ATP! 🙂
And get this: I have THE best clients in the World. I love them! They are like little nuggets of gold that you find in a creek. (Well, if you’re panning for gold, back in the day!) Anyhow, I feel so fortunate.
Take this last Sunday, for instance. Pete and Erin… they are the kind of people everyone wants to be friends with! They are smart, fun, artsy, kind, humble, and true to themselves. These qualities also make them a joy to photograph because their “stories” are like beautiful melodious songs that I get to capture in imagery. (You’ll see what I mean below!)
I love that Erin planned a scavenger hunt in the woods, and that she and Pete embrace how their youngest daughter loves dirt. Hee hee. I love their nicknames for their kids — CJ and Gigi — and that their real names are unique and classic — Clara and Greta. I love that when CJ was having “a moment”, Erin casually said with a smile, “Well, at least we’ll get to capture her personality!” I love that there were 12 or so other photographers at the same location that afternoon (I know, right?!!!), but they were okay with it all and never doubted that I could still pull it off. I love that Pete can throw his kids up in the air with ease as if they were light playground balls. I love that little Gigi was shy at first, so she hid behind her parents, but flashed heart-melting smiles at me throughout the afternoon. <3
I love photography, but the photoshoots themselves are enjoyable and fun because of my clients. They are amazing. And I am so grateful to be surrounded by them. Truly.