If you are new to my page… WELCOME!! If you have been here to this page before… WELCOME BACK & THANK YOU!! And if you have been visiting this page since the very beginning… WELCOME BACK, THANK YOU & WOW!!… I’m sure you notice a very different look for DFP Photography. DFP Photography has come a long way since my Blogspot blog first launched in late 2011!!
From Blogspot DFP Photography migrated to WordPress. I contracted for a design. A design I still love for several reasons… with one of the most important reasons being I loved the color scheme… the strong red and plum colors that were across my brand.
However, I realized after taking a photography business marketing class last winter that anyone could have that color scheme, that look, that branding… anyone. I don’t want DFP Photography to be known as any photographer. I want DFP Photography to stand out… and this website is a large part of that because this might be the first place y’all come to find out a little bit about DFP Photography… and me!
So, I got to thinking (and maybe obsessing) just a bit over what says “DFP Photography.” What reflects what is important to me to show to all of you…how you can see this business and me through my branding. I came up with all kinds of corny things… my instructor told me essentially to relax and just let it come to me. And then it did… it had been there in front of me the entire time, I just hadn’t allowed myself to see it…
A yellow tandem bicycle. It was so easy… how could I have not seen it before?
A bicycle… one of my first loves. My mom would tell a story from when I was little of how determined I was to ride my bicycle with no training wheels. I would not quit until I knew how. And then, of course, the time I won a bicycle for raising the most money in a school fundraiser… a red ten speed. One I had to have my dad put together immediately. He may or may not had an issue putting together the bicycle and so there may or may not have been a crash involving defectively put together handle bars. I remember that bike very well… for all the wrong reasons :). Or the green Trek I just had to have in college to ride around campus. I even got our sorority to dedicate a room in the house as the bike room, because I just could not stand the bike outside in the rain. And then my baby before my babies… my yellow Giant TCR2 road bike. I loved that thing. LOVED it!! I road it for miles, all over this area and on the roads next to the Kentucky bluegrass. I rode it until I sold it when my oldest son was born… something I still regret to this day because I now live in the perfect place to ride that yellow road bike.
Then came the yellow tandem bicycle. The one my father-in-law sent me to buy while he was here from out of state helping assemble my boys’ play set. My father-in-law loved bicycles even more that I did, oftentimes to my mother-in-law’s dismay, because he would just randomly come home with one…even if it was in pretty bad shape. He just loved bicycles, loved collecting them and was fortunate enough to have the space to grow his collection. He found this yellow tandem bicycle on Craigslist in our town. He lived out of state but occasionally checked our local listings just to see if there were any “must have” bikes here. So I happily went and purchased this yellow tandem bike for no other reason than he wanted it.
He might have only road his yellow tandem bicycle once… when I took these photos of he and my mother-in-law. We did this shoot 2 days before he started chemotherapy, to fight a cancer only recently discovered. I desperately wanted photos of him and our young boys before he started what would prove to be the most difficult fight of his life. And it just seemed right to incorporate his love of both my mother-in-law and bicycles in these photos.
He passed away 3 months later.
We did our family photos 1 month later, in my in-laws hometown, with my favorite photographer. Our grieving was heavy. It still is. So it only felt right to have a part of him in our photos… so that every time we look at the photos we think of him… it might be a smile, a laugh or even a tear… but it allows us always to remember. I am forever grateful for these photos… and for a yellow tandem bicycle.
A yellow tandem bicycle… showing the importance of determination, of hard work, of hobbies and interests, of family, of love, of capturing memories… all the emotions and moments DFP Photography shoots to capture during a session.
A yellow tandem bicycle… it’s DFP Photography…and me. During all the time I spent brainstorming for the perfect way to describe both… it was right in front of me!
I hope you love the new look of DFP Photography… I know I do :).
A special shout out to Shalonda of Chubby Cheek Photography for helping me find the perfect path to take DFP Photography and to Ashley, of Laynie and Belle, for listening to my ideas and my vision and incorporating it perfectly.
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