Indianapolis Family Photographer | For Photographers Fridays| Vendor Recognition

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One week ago I put out a second call to local Indy folks in search of a florist who was interested in being a part of the Beauty Revived and Denim + Grace 50 Most beautiful Moms project. Melissa from Seven Sisters Florist was quick to reach out and was thrilled to be a part of the initiative. I described my vision in so few words as ‘delicate and light’ and sent her a photo of the color scheme and let her artistry take over.
Indianapolis Family Photographer | casey and her camera

I could not have lucked out more than I did. First off, her work is meticulous – she truly has perfected this art. And she was thrilled to have creative freedom over the creation and details. Why shouldn’t I trust her?? After all, this is her area of expertise!!
Indianapolis Family Photographer | casey and her camera
Initially, I knew I was looking for a flower crown for the featured mom. What I didn’t know was that my vision would expand to seeking out two mini-bouquets for her daughters, too. Melissa was more than happy to graciously contribute these matching arrangements to compliment mom.
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Every piece included in this session was humbly donated and specifically crafted to complete this vision. In the industry where word of mouth is everything, it is important to me to be able to give back to my vendors in a way that makes them feel appreciated. It’s important to thank your vendors.
Indianapolis Family Photographer | casey and her camera
So what does vendor recognition and appreciation look like for casey and her camera? Well, I don’t want to give away everything just yet… you have to keep watching for that, but it starts simple:

1. Give back. 

Sounds familiar? I’ve said it only about 20 times so far this year. One of the first things I do for vendors is recognize our individual talents… and find away I can show my gratitude by using my skills to give them something that benefits them. In this case, I took product shots for Seven Sisters Florist of the beautiful contributions made to this session. Melissa will be able to use these images on social media accounts, blogs, and even on her website or in an advertisement. I’m not asking for anything in return… I just want to help showcase her work!
Indianapolis Family Photographer | casey and her camera

2. Highlight their work. 

Word of mouth advertising is everything in photography… and in small businesses in general. Shop local, support local business, and don’t forget the best way to say thanks and recognize your vendors is through word of mouth. And I’ve got a loud voice. 😉
Indianapolis Family Photographer | casey and her camera

3. Say thank you. 

Seriously. I fear this is a dying thing. Simply say thank you. You don’t always have to show and tell your thanks… just be genuine. Write a note, tell them in person, make it real. For me, I want the world to know how grateful I am for Melissa’s contributions – this session wouldn’t have been complete without her. And being new to Indy, I’m not sure I would have found a florist without putting out a call to the general public to help (thanks, Beth!!). I’m grateful for community, for collaboration, for artistry, for generosity. So thank you, Melissa… if I haven’t said it enough already. 😉

Indianapolis Family Photographer | casey and her camera

Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at Seven Sisters Florist on the blog next week! Happy holiday weekend, all!

casey and her camera is an Indianapolis Family Photographer specializing in family, couple, lifestyle, senior, and wedding photography for Indianapolis, Indiana and the surrounding areas.

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