Last week I introduced Bekah to you, and today I am equally as thrilled to introduce Ruthie!!!
The story of Ruthie joining us is a little more unlikely and still makes me laugh and shake my head as I share it! One afternoon I checked facebook to see that my sister-in-law Melissa had mentioned me in a comment. Someone named Ruthie had written, “Oh, I follow their work, it’s amazing!”
I thought, “Wow, someone thinks our work is amazing! I LIKE this girl!” Ha 🙂
I clicked over to Ruthie’s page and immediately learned four things about her that I loved:
1. She is VERY funny. Just about all of her posts had the perfect level of dry-but-not-too-mean humor.
2. She’s a mom of boys. I related!
2. She is a nurse. Nurses are my heroes. Really and truly they are. As wedding photographers, we all like to moan about how tiring and stressful and hard on our feet wedding days are. But for nurses… Ha, PLEASE! From the people they deal with, to the hours on their feet, to the stress of decisions that REALLY matter, wedding days are like walks in the park compared to what nurses do week in and week out.
3. She’s a photographer. I went to Ruthie’s website and discovered that she’s a really VERY good newborn photographer. This impressed me because newborn photography is, for me, very difficult. Her lighting skills and her creativity got my attention immediately.
Right around that time, Susie and I were discussing how to grow and expand our business and we we came across a blog post by Melissa Jill about starting an associate program. Even though I had never met her, Ruthie somehow just felt like a great person to consider as an associate.
About a week later, the four of us got together for dinner. Susie and I laid out to Bekah and Ruthie what the expectations and compensation schedules would look like, our goals for the program, and we described what the perfect associate would look like for us. After dinner, I asked Ruthie how long she felt like she’d have to consider the things we discussed. And she simply said, “You know what? I’m all in.” It turned out that the things she was looking for in her life and her business were exactly the things that we proposed. So there we had it! Whew! Susie and I went over to McDonalds after dinner to sip coffee and plan a training schedule!
Now, just a couple of months later, Ruthie has continued to blow us away as we’ve gone through the training process. Her understated humor and nursing background really does make her amazing at dealing with people and making them feel comfortable in her presence. She’s got a great eye both for composition and light. And the thing that I didn’t know at first that now impresses me the MOST is that she is really a risk-taker and very open to pushing herself and trying new things. Ruthie and I are working together on Kristina and Iyad’s wedding, so we did the engagement session afterwards. At the end, she asked if it was ok if she tried just one thing. Then she proceeded to try something with her flash that a) never would have occurred to me and b) if it had, I would have felt it was too much hassle to attempt. The shot worked exactly as she anticipated and was beautiful! I was so impressed that, when she could have simply sat back and shadowed me, she really tried her hand at something new and creative.
Ruthie has already booked her first associate wedding for next fall and that client, along with all the others she has coming in the future, are so lucky to work with her. And Susie and I are SO LUCKY to have her on our team!!!!