A client paid me substantially more than invoiced.
She thought I was undercharging and was worth more ... and paid me accordingly.
As artists, well known prone to unfathomable depths of self doubt, our work physically and soulfully inseparable from who we actually are, we often sell ourselves short based on our fluctuating self perceptions.
I bring an intuitive sense for poetry and beauty, with an understanding of how light works and how to manipulate and articulate the environment for maximum use of it. I bring an excruciating sensitivity to how it feels to be perceived, exposed and framed. I know how to distill and tell the whole story. I bring, maybe not the best cameras on the market or the most expensive lenses, but sound knowledge of how they work. On manual. Not auto. I've done the work. Learned my craft. And my work is my own.
And I bring all of this, all of me, to every, single, shoot.
But I think, most importantly, I believe in photographs ... as treasures that we run to save, when threatened by fire.
So when a client pays you substantially more than you've charged, because they say "you're worth more" ... its astounding ... and humbled and grateful to be seen, brings you to tears, and a line in the sand.
I'm worth it.