Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Perfect Employee

She came to us fresh from school, a young girl who has never held a baby before, little experience in dealing with clients, rather quiet and still green to the ways of the working world.

More than two and a half years later, she left us yesterday, a confident young woman about to embark on a new career. Wiser to the ways of the world, she is Charlene my longest serving employee.

It's funny thinking back to those days when Ashley and her will be looking after newborn Dylan in the studio while I am shooting. By the time he was 3 months old, the two girls were experts at patting him to sleep, clearing his soiled diaper (yes even the BIG business they can do it!) and playing with him. Often they would put him infront of the iMac and have photobooth sessions with him :p When he started solids, Charlene can manage preparing his meals and feeding him too. And the girls were a great help with the boys when we all went for a holiday in Perth.

How time flies, now Charlene can handle clients, shoot solo, tackle naughty kids etc. She even helps me with the marketing of the studio and overall I feel that she has been the best help for me and the business thus far. So when she broke the news to me that she wanted to fulfill a dream of hers in another career, I was kind of sad. But I have to be a good employer and not hold her back. After all, she has been with me for more than two and a half years and this is also her first job straight out of school so I should be thankful already that she has been with me this long. Young kids nowadays don't last more than a year in their first job. Char is the exception. She has the right attitude and is hardworking.

My dear girl, I wish you all the best in your new career and if you get bored of it, you can always come back to The Studio Loft haha :p Send me a picture of you in your kebaya to complete this blog post :) I hope you had enjoyed yourself working with us and take away with you some lessons in life and photography. I also hope that I've been a nice boss ;p Take care and we will miss you!


Jaime said...

all the best to charlene..
kebaya means will have great travel photos ahead!!

Anonymous said...

all the best ... you're a great way to fly ;)