This is the only word that comes close to describing the emotions I felt the
second my eyes landed on a family portrait by Positive Images.
In the fall of 1997, I begrudgingly acquiesced to my boss and gave up a
precious Saturday afternoon to attend a business expo event in Oakland, CA.
My task for the day was simple. From the vendors in attendance, determine
those companies our organization could establish a collaborative relationship
with. As I walked out the ballroom, declaring mission accomplished as it
related to my job, there was still a lingering question — who took that family
The answer to that question eluded me for over eighteen months. Child number
four made her arrival and needless to say, life was hectic. A month after her
birth, the photographer who’d taken the child-growth series for my three boys
was MIA. I needed a photographer, and fast. Immediately, I remembered the
photographic masterpiece I’d seen months earlier and the words scribed at the
bottom right-hand corner, Gisele B.
Lest I forget my initial consultation with Gisele, which was as unique as her
portraits. With a stride a notch above a stroll, she welcomed me into her
sanctuary. The quaint studio of Positive Images was filled with portraits as
breathtaking as the one I’d marveled over months earlier. I didn’t encounter a
hardcore sales pitch. Instead, I was engulfed in the most elementary way
imaginable by a sense that this photographer not only loved her craft, but
possessed a deep passion for the profession, allowing her to capture a moment
in time that’s priceless.
Now thirteen years later, I’m in awe of how one portrait has impacted nearly
every facet of my life. From family portraits, to my son’s senior portraits, to my
executive shots as a published author, as well as my involvement with Delta
Sigma Theta and the Delta GEMS Institute, I’ve entrusted the capture of these
unforgettable moments to Positive Images.
Lest I forget!
Family Portrait Client, Executive Portrait Client, Senior Portrait Client