Life Changed Me

They say that people tend to go through a major life change every seven years. Welp, I’ve hit a big turn in my own life’s road.

This blog hasn’t been updated since I last posted in July regarding the death of Amy Winehouse. Since that time, I see things through completely different eyes. I have immersed myself in Miss Winehouse’s music and have explored the archives of the great jazz musicians that inspired her (Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra… the list goes on). And I couldn’t be more grateful. Amy, if you’ve got a computer upstairs, thank you – for everything.

I have completely devoured the interweb for any videos or stories or quotes/interviews and have scoured the internet for photos of her – desperately trying to get a feel for what kind of girl she was. Because from listening to her music – just like so many of her fans – I feel like we seriously could have been friends. And it kills me to know she’s not coming back.

From what I’ve gathered from the quotes of those closest to her, she lived her life like an open book – with her loved ones coming first before all. She shut her eyes and ears to the press and paparazzi and let the music flow THROUGH her. She didn’t believe in compromising who she was – no matter the cost. She wanted to do things her way. She was brutally honest. She lived with every ounce of her being and never ever did things the way someone ELSE wanted her to do them, even if those things caused her some regret.

I hereby resolve to do the same. We’re all here on this planet for an undefined amount of time and from this day forward I resolve to make the MOST of every. single. day.  I’m not here to argue about her problems and addictions. Just google her and you’ll see a thousand arguments this way or that. For my argument – about living your life to its fullest potential – that stuff is irrelevant. What I’m after is her pure heart and how she CONNECTED with people – because that is what endures.

I’ve done a lot of learning over the past several months on both the business and personal fronts, and thanks to the immense inspiration of the photographer Sue Bryce, I’ve completely refreshed my outlook on life, love, and business. Never have I been so moved as when I first heard Sue speak on Creative Live. Just unreal. If you want some inspiration, buy her CL videos. You can save them to your iphone and watch them whenever you need a little adorable New Zealand accent and a shot of inspiration and motivation.

I also owe a debt of gratitude to the great Jerry Ghionis for his fantastic philosophy: “If you want to be a better photographer, be a better PERSON.” Amen, Jerry.

Connecting with the people that trust us to deliver images of them at their most personal events is truly a privilege. We as photographers must acknowledge that when our clients let us into their inner circle and open up before our lenses… that is an incredibly special moment.

Plans are in the works now for a brand new Lucky17Photography.com and subsequent blog – with so many updates coming it actually has my head spinning. I am also revamping my business to really get to the nitty gritty of what I want to offer my clients. Ready for this? Not DVD’s of image files. Those don’t inspire me. Sure, you can still get your pics on a DVD, but that really isn’t what I’m after.

What I’d RATHER offer are GORGEOUS PRINTS, CANVASSES and ASTOUNDING BOOKS that will decorate and enhance your home, and bring to mind the most precious moments with your loved ones. I want you to TOUCH a beautifully designed leather bound storybook and FEEL the beautiful prints in your hands. The world is far too digital these days, and we’re losing the most wonderful tactile experiences in the process. I’m still a big believer in handmade, artfully crafted PAPER BOOKS and PRINTS - and those will forever be my preference. Sharing photos digitally truly is wonderful – it has connected us with folks around the world, but in my mind, it will never replace a tangible book or print that you can hold in your hand and look at as long as you like.

Batteries never die on photographs.

A gorgeous framed print of you and your loved ones on your wall will remind you of happy times EVERY TIME YOU SEE IT. And, all of the products I offer are of archival quality – so they are guaranteed to last 100 years or more. So now we’re talking family heirlooms that can be passed down to generations after you. Your great great great great grandchildren will have a sense of who you were and how much you loved your family – all by looking at and holding your photos. They’ll know that you personally held this book in your hands – and that’s a connection that facebook simply can’t deliver.

Now, isn’t that better than some plastic disk? I certainly think so.

I’m in the memory business and I want to tell your story. I want you to decorate your home with pictures of the people that mean the most to you. Surround yourself with beauty and it will paint a smile on your face on even the darkest of days.

I have some major plans in the works and cannot wait to share the results. Stay tuned, because the best is yet to come.

How about you? Do you agree with me? Feel free to leave me a comment – even if it’s just to say hello.

xoxo,

Michelle

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