The Nelsons | A Year Later

I don’t normally blog my family shoots, because I simply don’t have time, and on the list of important things in my life, blogging is pretty low :-)

But this one is different. This is The Nelson family. When I started my business last summer, I didn’t have any expectations. I thought the photography market was so saturated that it would be impossible to have any measure of success. There are lots of reasons to not do something. I could list a million reasons why I thought my idea was foolish. But over the last year, I have learned a lot. Most notably, I learned to trust my instincts, and when my instincts are wrong–I have learned to not worry about it. My next one might be right.

I have also learned to take more risks. Something I have always struggled with. Again, it has always been easier to find a reason to not do something.

So what does this have to do the The Nelsons? Well last year I emailed Brooke out of the blue and asked if I could take pictures of her family at a discount (probably should have been shooting for free at that point still.) We went to high school together, but we hadn’t talked in years, and I felt like a complete lunatic the second I after I hit send. Who does that? But it turned out they were in need of family photos and were willing to take me up on it.

So we set up a shoot at the West Bottoms and I was a nervous wreck. Don’t screw this up. Don’t screw this up. Don’t screw this up…….

Anyway….the shoot went well, they loved the photos, and as it turns out–Brooke knows every single person in the greater Kansas City area. So that’s that. Over the last year, Brooke has sent over so many referrals, I lost count.

It is now a year later. I feel like I’ve grown as an artist. And I couldn’t be happier with the experiences I’ve had, the great people I have met, the hope I have for the future.

A big part of all this is owed to a random email sent last August. And thanks to Madison for coming to help keep the attention of the kids. Big help!

Dear Nelsons– This is my way of saying thank you:


1 comment

Brooke Nelson

That was so nice, Kevin. I don’t deserve any credit because your photos speak for themselves! You did an amazing job again, can’t wait for the rest! Thank you:)

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