Client Gifts + J* Cookies


I actually thought about making cookies. You know, a personalized gift I could send to clients and at the same time show off my baking skills. Except I don’t have any. Baking skills, that is. If I was being honest, I’d admit I don’t even own an electric beater. And since we’re on the honest kick, I should probably come out and say I’m more talk than action.

Earlier this year, I recounted a story in which I realized I wanted to send gifts to my clients, but didn’t plan properly to make it happen. It was sobering to realize that my follow through was lacking, but once the personalized chocolates were delivered, the outpouring of support rolled in. In the end, the gift, the gesture, made my clients feel special. It showed them I thought of them and appreciated their support for what they’ve enabled me to do…and I couldn’t have been happier.

Each circular tin was covered in customized paper filled with personal instagram photos from the past few months…

Seven months have passed since sending the first gift, so I thought I’d send another one (I’m really hoping to send small gifts twice a year) since I’m booking clients for 2013 and I’ve already photographed roughly half my weddings for the 2012. With many thanks to the girls from Gifts for the Good Life, we came up with a sweet little summer gift…

Two of my favorite things are candles and cookies…even though my baking skills leave a bit to be desired. Each package contained customized J* cookies, a cookie dough scented candle, and matches…and trust me….people are much better off with these cookies than my homemade version.

Of course the gift couldn’t come from me without a note…

It’s taken me a while to find the right fit and time to send gifts. Knowing what I know now, I wish I had done it sooner. Letting people know I care is paramount to my business success and though a handwritten note (or even a message on Facebook) can be just as powerful, a little gift can go a long way too.

Happy Monday!

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  1. Alexis

    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Aww! Sweet! You are such an inspiration, J*! 🙂 I keep your family, ministry and business as a wedding photographer in my prayers! Enjoy the holiday!

  2. Becky Male

    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    What a lovely idea. I’ve been thinking about how I can do something special for my clients and this was a great prompt to get my butt into gear and organise something as lovely as this. A nice touch x

  3. Traci

    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Great idea! Do you send them to all 2012 clients or ALL clients?

  4. Tamara @ Fishy Face Studios

    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    love it! such an awesome touch to a client gift. :o)

  5. White Dreams

    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    This is so awesome, yet elegant! Love it! Thanks for inspiring me, I really needed a little bit of inspiration.

  6. Kate

    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Love this!

  7. Danette Chappell

    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I love this! I don’t know why the thought of letting my clients know how thankful I for their support has never crossed my mind! How thoughtful and cute!

    Also I love that it creates a point of contact to keep your couples involved and engaged with you and your business! Love!

  8. Danette Chappell

    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I love this! I don’t know why the thought of letting my clients know how thankful I for their support has never crossed my mind! How thoughtful and cute!

    Also I love that it creates a point of contact to keep your couples involved and engaged with you and your business! Love!

  9. Kate Noelle

    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    As a girl whose love language is gift giving and receiving…. I think this idea is perfect. Love it!

  10. Ashley Christine

    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Brilliant idea! I love it!

  11. Marcy

    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Cute touch Jasmine. Thanks for reminding me to say Thank You to my clients in more ways.

  12. Christine

    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    this year i sent all my couples vintage forks with "mr" and "mrs" on them (from this sweet etsy shop: and they were a huge success! i’ve noticed that every single couple (so far) has used them at their reception for either their meal or cake cutting so i know for sure they appreciated them. a small gift can go a looooong way in making your clients feel valued.

  13. melissa

    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    hi jasmine
    love love love your work and creative ideas… was wondering do you send gifts twice a year to everyone from that year?

  14. Amy

    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Too neat, I love it! My photography business is called SweetAmy’s Photograghy, and I actually do give my clients a container with homemade cookies from scratch with their session:) I used to have a small catering company that specialized in cookies and cinnamon rolls. If you are ever in my neck of the woods, I can hook you up!:) Clients really do love the personal touch, they place their order sometimes of what they want!:)

  15. ashley goodwin

    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    after all, it IS your love language, right? 😉
    I want some of those cookies!

  16. Leslie

    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Ok – I might be obsessed with this idea …. awesomeness as always!!!

  17. Chamonix Thurston-Rattue

    September 4th, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Genius!!!! I love it. This is so adorable. I love how you find a way to wiggle your j* into so many different nooks and crannies (did i spell that right?) anyway…super cute and thanks for sharing. i feel a little burst of creative inspiration and a pre-christmas spirit of gift-giving, which is nice 😀 xoxo chamonix

  18. Laura Elizabeth

    September 4th, 2012 at 2:17 am

    How adorable! That’s such a neat idea! <3

  19. Baby Chuck

    September 4th, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Thank you for not baking. 😉 They were delicious. Both of them.

  20. Shannon Von Eschen

    September 4th, 2012 at 5:19 am

    You are my hero. Why are you so cool? I can’t wait to be like you when I grow up. 😉

  21. Wedding Snapper

    September 4th, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Great idea!

  22. Kimberly

    September 4th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    LOVE this idea! I’ve got to think of a creative little gift, too.

  23. Mikaela

    September 5th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    haha I’m glad you posted this I read it, because I hadn’t found the note! You’re clever. And it’s true, the gifts certainly make one feel special and thought of 🙂 Thank you!! xo!

  24. Moose

    September 6th, 2012 at 12:56 am

    You should contact my Mom and she can make you some Letterpress goodies! Tail wags, ~moose

  25. Mele Hola

    September 6th, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Wow your so thoughtful and amazing!

  26. Lucie Zeka

    September 6th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    thats a great idea

  27. Stacey - Total City Girl

    September 6th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    These are great Jasmine! I love all of the personalization and branding. I’m sure your clients were thrilled to get it.

  28. vanessa H

    September 10th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Wow I love that!! What a great idea!! everyone loves sweets!!

  29. Monika Greenaway

    September 14th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    So cute!!

  30. Christine Chang

    September 19th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Super cute! Love the idea!

  31. Hannes Uys

    October 1st, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Swanky idea!

  32. Amanda Marie Photography

    October 2nd, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Ahhhh so cute. Love the gift idea. Actually been thinking about it as well but was not sure what to send. Hmmmmm.

  33. Arvid

    August 12th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Wow what a great idea, thanks!