As my business has grown (for the first three years it was purely by word of mouth) many people have believed in my ability. Some more than I believed in myself. But it is the first family to believe I deserved to be paid that stands out. They didn't know until recently that they actually set my family session price for me that first 18 months of charging for my work. Our time together that day was cold, dreary and rainy. SO NOT LIKE JOE. :)
When she went to the car, she asked how much she should write the check out for and I shrugged. I hadn't thought of that!!? So, I responded with a Whatever you think is appropriate.....? accompanied by another shrug. Miriam handed me the check and I stuffed it in my pocket, not unfolding it until they drove away.
Even though the check said $50, I felt like a million because I had earned money doing something that I truly enjoy doing. And it represented so much more than 50 beans in the bank-it proved in some way that I was worth it. That Sean & Miriam trusted me enough to invest in my time and talents and it meant (and still means) the world.