Way back when I had just graduated from high school, I learned the importance of a “thank you.”  It was 1987 and I was receiving graduation presents by the truckloads.  There were pearl earrings, picture frames, hand-quilted blankets, photo albums, and money… lots of money.  Although it was tedious, I did my best to keep up with the thank you cards.  I kept a list of everything I received and promptly sent a note thanking someone for their thoughtfulness.


One day, I got a phone call from an aunt on the east coast.  She wanted to know if I received her gift.  She wanted to know where her thank you card was.  I had no idea.  She wasn’t on my list.  To make a very long story short (and save my sister from any embarrassment—hehe), I’ll just say that kids will be kids and my sister and I had one of the most competitive sibling rivalries that ever existed.  Well, it wasn’t so much of a rivalry as it was that she suffered from middle child syndrome.  In fact, that statement is probably still true today, but we love each other a lot more now.  I think.  🙂

That very day, I learned how important it is to thank someone for their generosity—the fact that they went out of their way to make you feel special.

Fast forward 30-something years.

I photographed my niece for her 8th grade graduation—an early milestone in her life.  I am thankful I got to be a part of that memory.  She not only sent me a picture from the session, she sent me a thank you card.  She’s sweet.  Thank you, my little KarKar.  And thank you for my thank you card.

Oh!  And also, happy birthday!  I love you!!

Ata-Girl Photography Co. | The Power of a Thank You

Ata-Girl Photography Co. | The Power of a Thank You


san antonio senior portrait photographers ata-girl photography since 2010I started Ata-Girl Photography Co. in 2010 and I am a San Antonio based wedding photographer who is available for destination weddings. In addition to wedding photography, I also specialize in San Antonio senior portraits and senior portraits for high school seniors in the surrounding areas. I am a professional photographer who enjoys documenting the important milestones and captivating moments in people’s lives. I firmly believe that the unique set of circumstances I have faced in life has prepared me to take a personal and genuine interest in my photography clients. When I’m not photographing a wedding, family or high school senior, I enjoy watching my daughter play softball, hiking, cycling and listening to Elvis!