“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
It seems like you have all the time in the world and then all of a sudden, a year (or two or five) has passed! They say time speeds up as we get older and that definitely seems to be true. So it’s easy to put off things, thinking that there’s plenty of time to get to it later. But the truth is, life moves so fast and nothing is guaranteed.
You might think you want to put off your portrait session until you’ve lost weight/bought some new clothes/found a new job/have “a reason” to get photos taken. That’s understandable, you want your portrait to be “perfect” and meaningful, so of course, you want to wait until everything falls into place. The truth is, there is no perfect time and things rarely fall into place. But while you’re waiting for that to happen, you risk missing out on your moment entirely.
Think about how you’ll feel if you keep waiting, and five years speed by. Will things be perfect then? Will you feel like all the pieces fit and it’s finally time? Or will you realize the only thing you’ve ever needed to have the perfect portrait was YOU and you’ve had that the whole time?.
If it helps you plan and take the plunge, then schedule your portrait to commemorate an upcoming event or milestone. Perhaps you’ve got a big birthday around the corner or something exciting, like a graduation, wedding, or professional development is on the horizon. If so, your portrait can be a wonderful way to commemorate that. But you don’t need a reason to celebrate yourself. You’re amazing and you’ve made it this far and that is more than enough to merit commissioning a portrait.
So go ahead and pull the trigger. Schedule your consultation today so you can start planning your session. You don’t need to wait for perfect, you just need to make right now a priority.