Last father’s day weekend I had a chance encounter that would help to jump start those day dreams. I met another mom at photo shoot where we both had kids modeling. We started talking, she was a portrait photographer in Denver with a successful and fairly new business. I am not sure what it was about this special woman but for the first time ever I shared my own photography dreams with another photographer. She was so genuine and encouraging. The next day we did not have the opportunity to speak, but as she was leaving down one flight of stairs and I was going up another, she called out a goodbye and added, “Remember you can do this!” I thought to myself, this person and I crossed paths for a reason, it is time to make it happen. It is not everyday that you meet a person who so generously encourages another whom they do not even know. The photographer’s name is Pandora- yes I am aware of the symbolism of the universe sending me a woman named Pandora to jump start my dreams. Pandora is such a talented portrait photographer, creating vibrant warm images. She is the owner of Apple Blossom Portraits here in Denver. You can enjoy her work at www.appleblossomportraits.com. If you love her hire her! I know you probably think that sounds strange and until very recently the photography community was very closed with an attitude of ” You want to know what I know- go figure it out yourself” or ” If your my competition we will not be photography friends”. However this is starting to change and I hope to be a part of this change. Obviously, this is not what Pandora believed or she would not have encouraged me to open a like business 30 miles or so away from her own! As my very wise mentor ( whom you will meet in the next post) said to me at a workshop where there were photographers learning from her who had business just 10 miles down the road from her own, ” Janeen I can’t possibly photograph every single person in this town and surrounding towns!” and she turned to each one of them and said, “Can you or you?'” No, of course was the reply. This would be the first of many great lessons about community I would learn from her. Every photographer has a different unique style and it is so important when you are paying for custom photography that this style and experience is a fit for your family. So I will say it again, please grab a cup of coffee and take some time to enjoy the work of this talented Denver portrait photographer. Pandora, thank you for inspiring me and touching my heart in such a short period of time. I will forever be grateful!