A photographer’s dream!

Or nightmare.

Depending on how you look at it.


It happened one afternoon a couple weeks ago when I got an unexpected call from Charming’s Mother.

They’d left our house just that morning and flown to Salt Lake City for a spell on their way home to Houston.

While they were here, we’d printed a bunch of pictures from our photo shoot and picked them up at Costco.

Afterwards we realized we’d forgotten to order one of the pictures she really wanted, so I uploaded it online for her to pick up in Salt Lake…..


The phone rang and I picked it up.

“Hello?” I answered.

“Heidi?” I immediately recognized my Mother-in-law’s voice.

“Yes, hello!!” I replied with a smile, so happy to hear from her, “How are you? How was your flight?”

“Oh it was good,” she replied, sounding a little distracted, “Except, I’m here at Sam’s Club in Salt Lake…..”

“Uh-huh,” I murmured, listening carefully.

“And I’m trying to buy the 8×10 picture you ordered here for us,” she explained.

“Oh, yes!” I responded, “The one of you two in red?”

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“Yes, that’s right…..,” she trailed off.

“Is something wrong? Does it look okay?” I interjected, worried they’d cropped it funky or the colors looked bad or something like that.

“Oh, it looks great,” she quickly assured me, but then went on with disbelief in her voice, “But it’s the craziest thing–they won’t let me buy it!”

“What?” was the first thing out of my mouth.

“They won’t let me buy it!” she repeated, “The man says it looks like a professional picture and I can’t buy it unless you sign a release form for me.”

My mouth dropped as her words sunk in.

“Wait a minute….. You mean–you mean they think it’s copyrighted?!?” I said, flabbergasted and thrilled all at the same time.

“Yes!” she exclaimed, “Can you believe that?”

“No way,” I said slowly, “Did you tell him that a studio didn’t take it–that I took it?”

“Yes!” she replied, “I explained to him that my daughter-in-law just hung up some fabric from hooks in her bedroom and took it herself, but he doesn’t believe me. He says it looks professional and he can’t let me take it without the signed form.”

“Holy cow!” I exclaimed, “Well….. should I talk to him? Do you think that would that help?”

“No, I already asked him and he said there’s no way to know who you are–that you could be anyone,” she explained.

“That’s true,” I had to admit, wracking my brain for a solution.

“He said, ‘I’m sorry, Ma’am, but I obey the law.'”

“Well, so do we!” I laughed, “It’s our picture–we’re telling him the truth!”

“That’s what I said!” she agreed, laughing, “But he still won’t let me have it!”

“Holy cow,” I said again, shaking my head in wonder.

Who would have guessed a few yards of fabric from Walmart would get me into this much trouble?

“I guess I’ll have to pretend I’m a professional and sign the release form,” I said, not seeing any other way out of it.

“I guess so!” she laughed again, “I’ll mail it to you and we can try this again in Houston.”

“That sounds good,” I agreed.

We eventually said goodbye and hung up.

Then I sat there for a couple minutes and for the first time in my life I wondered if that made me a real live photographer.

I laughed and brushed the thought aside.

Nawww, it couldn’t be!




….. Could it????

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About Heidi

Hello! My name is Heidi. I went to college and got a couple degrees. Then I worked as a Speech-language Pathologist for two years until Bubbers came along. While I loved my job and working with kids, I love my job as a mom best. I started a blog because I love to write. I’ve written stories my whole life. Deep down inside my heart, I secretly dream to be published in paper someday. Until then, I’m publishing for y’all and hope you enjoy it! Here are a few of my latest posts...

7 thoughts on “A photographer’s dream!

  1. wow, thats a pretty good compliment to you! My sister has a mother-in-law and a couple of sisters-in-law that take pictures professionally, and they always take her family ones for free. She’s had to make up a business form and forge her mil’s signature before to pick up her pictures at Wal-mart.

  2. that’s great that they thought they were done by a professional. you do good work and should go into it, but it does suck that your mother-in-law couldn’t get her picture!

  3. What a great compliment Heidi! I totally would believe your pics are professional! Maybe you should consider it:) I’ve never seen anyone as good with kids as you are and heaven knows the world needs a photog that is GOOD with kids. (Do you hear me SEARS?! Because I’m talking TO YOU!! And JC PENNEY – you better listen up to!) I’m telling you, if we still lived by you, I would be paying you to document my children’s lives.

  4. LOL!! Charlotte, you make me laugh!! No doubt children would soon grow to hate me if they were subjected to the endless clicking & flashing that is Heidi’s Studio! :) The only reason Bubbers doesn’t is because I’m the one who nurses him. Which is why I never plan to wean him….. :)
    Thank you, everyone–you rock! And Tearese–how funny!

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