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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

M.O.P.S, Imago Dei and the start of it all.

I arrived home and found some messages on my answering machine. Nothing unusual about that.  A mom called wanting me to photograph her young daughters.  We were new here in Tillamook county- had only been here for three months in fact, and with the move and life change I had yet to advertise Imago Dei Photography.  A potential client inquiring about a photo session after just moving here and not advertised at all... well, that was a bit unusual. 

Let me share with you just a bit of what was going on in this time of our lives.  After living in Kansas for three years we moved back home to the northwest.  We didn't have a home to come to for two months and so lived with family until a church opened up for us to serve in.  The two months without a home of our own was very difficult to say the least.  We finally got a call in December about a little church needing a pastor in the little town of Beaver, OR.  We were beyond excited. We moved into the the parsonage on a Wednesday- January 2nd. and Josh preached for the first time in Beaver on the 6th of January. What a great way to start a new year!!!

Trying to bring back some normalcy to my changed life (Kansas vs. Oregon = HUGE change!)  I joined a mom's group.  And let me just share how important this little group was to me:  Even before we arrived I had looked up this group online and found that they met every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.  On Tuesday the 8th with boxes stacked ceiling high in every room (and if you know me at all this will tell you how big of a priority MOPS was to me) I packed Naomi in the car and headed up to Tillamook.  

After finding the building where the Tillamook MOPS met Noami and I walked in a tad bit nervous. We were both warmly greeted by a very friendly young mom who is now one of my dearest friends.  Fast forward two weeks to the next MOPS meeting, the coordinator announced they would be hosting a valentine's day dinner for us 'MOPS and POPS'.  It was to be a glorious treat for us young moms who are too busy raising our families to have a proper date with our husbands.  Immediately I loved the idea..... and then when I heard they were hoping to find a photographer to do couple shots I was delighted.  I hadn't shared about Imago Dei yet with anyone and so after the meeting I approached the coordinator and let her know I would be more than happy to help out with the event. 

Fast forward a few weeks after the event.  My phone started ringing with calls for photo sessions.  Without a bit of advertisement Imago Dei has grown thanks to this wonderful group of young moms who not only supported me through the difficulty of toddler hood, parenting dilemmas and lack of adult contact but also took an interest in my passion for documenting life through the art of images.  I will never be able to express how pivotal they were in the shaping of what Imago Dei Photography is today.

Back to that message on my answering machine.....

A young mom had seen some of my work from the valentine's dinner and wanted me to come photograph her girls at their home.  We scheduled a date and time for what would be my first Tillamook Session.  Now three years latter I can trace back more clients that have come through her.  You see word of mouth is more precious than gold or silver.  Holly loved her session and told her clients at the hair salon and again my phone rang.  and rang.  and continues to ring.  Just like Stephanie M told Holly and Holly told others, that is how I see my business grow.  It is a tree that flourishes with new growth.  With each session a new branch forms and I cannot begin to express what that means to me. 

In this season of thanks I have much to be thankful for.  Clients such as Holly, Stephanie M, Heather, Tanya, KaShan, Sylvia, Steph G, Carrie, Amy, Sadie, Natalie -you know who you all are!...... and the branches you all have started.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.   

And now to showcase the girls who started it all:

10 comments:

  1. We're all so very lucky to have you here!

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  2. Ahhhh - we feel the LOVE, and we are so happy to have you are part of 'our group'!!! When you do beautiful work it isn't hard to recommend you!!

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  3. I absolutely loved this post & reading the backstory of Imago Dei Photography here on the Oregon Coast. Thanks for sharing!

    You are a blessing to all of us!

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  4. Yup...we love you, Xio!! And I personally LOVE looking at your photos, and appreciating a real gift. May the LORD continue to bless you!!

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  5. And I still rave about you, both personally and professionally! =)

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