We had the honor of photographing an amazing event last week at the gorgeous venue called the Loom for the Tajh Boyd Foundation Gala. It was such a fun night of meeting like-minded and passionate people, hearing stories, laughing at jokes, but most of all raising money for a great organization that is changing the lives of so many children in the Upstate. Many familiar faces attended including Delvin Choice and CJ Spiller.
We were so inspired by this young man and his love for children. You can see the passion in Tajh Boyd’s eyes as he spoke about what his Foundation was about and how it’s mission is to empower the youth of SC to overcome adversity through education, mentoring, and character building.
What really struck me about Tajh Boyd was when he spoke about why he ended up choosing Clemson University over all the other schools for college. He told us that he knew he could go to any of the schools and they would help him to be a better football player but as soon as he met and spoke Dabo Swinney, he knew that this coach would help him become a better man in life. He said that’s what he wants to see happen to the children he is honored to mentor. He wants to help them to discover what they want to be in life (whatever career they choose) but better yet help them to discover who they are (character) and how they can make a difference in their communities.
Even though this was a night of fundraising, Tajh made sure to speak with everyone that attended especially taking the time to chat with all the children that were there, giving them a few pointers on football. He has a heart of gold and I know great things will happen with him and his Foundation! It really was an honor to be a part of such a special night.
Here on the blog, we talk a lot about both our family and our business. This time, we want to talk about you! Our customers are like family to us, and here at the studio we enjoy both meeting new people and continuing to develop our relationship with long-time friends. We want to take the opportunity to share with you some of the traits we admire in our clients.
Most of our clients come to us with a specific reason in mind when they get ready to plan a portrait session. Whether it be to mark a special milestone in the life of the portrait subject (birthday, graduation, etc.), a large framed portrait to give as a treasured piece of art, or a family portrait taken for the annual Christmas cards, we have found that our sessions are most often carefully planned for a purpose. Knowing why the portrait is being taken helps us to better serve you as we plan for your one-of-a-kind session.
While we seek to develop a relationship with our clients that will continue for many years to come, no relationship can be only one-sided. We are so blessed to have clients who include us in their family’s lives and truly desire to see us as more than just people with a camera. Family-oriented clients like these remember us when they have important family events they desire to document, and some have even thoughtfully remembered us with sweet gifts during the holidays or personally connected with us in some other way. We realize that this takes intentional effort and we are so thankful that they allow us to be a part of their family and we offer them to be a part of ours.
We recognize that portraiture is a unique business and that our clients make an investment when they choose Phil Hyman Photography to be their portrait artist. We are willing to work with our clients to develop a payment plan, if necessary, so they can keep a budget while preparing to enjoy a piece of quality, personal art that will last more than a lifetime. Many of our clients have begun to save for their next portrait immediately after their current one is completed. We appreciate their recognition of the importance photography plays in documenting family history. Time and time again, our customers express to us how appreciative they are to have such quality fine art in their home, proudly on display. As artists, we love nothing more than to see our work enjoyed.
We have some creative clients, and it is certainly fun to see the variety of settings in which our portraiture is on display. Some chose a single large portrait for their wall, while others order a group of images which, when hung together, tell a story. Some choose a colorful fall family portrait or peaceful summer evening beach portrait, while others prefer the stark contrast of black and white. While we will always have the same classic style, this variety is one of our favorite parts of our business.
Thank you for being a part of the Phil Hyman Photography family. If there is any way we can help document your next family milestone or help you to prepare ahead for Christmas gifts, please feel free to contact us. You are the reason we love the portrait business!