Posts Tagged ‘Family, Kids, Maternity and Weddings’
I currently have 585 photos on my iPhone. I love my iPhone. It’s an amazing tool to have in my pocket; so much so that it’s the camera I use the most when I’m not being paid by someone. When it comes to dragging a seven pound chunk of metal to Grace’s ice skating lesson I’d rather just reach into my pocket and pull out my phone. If you think the quality isn’t up to par, the following photo was printed at 20×16. I bring this up because, like me, the majority of my clients have hundreds of photos on their phones and in their digital library that they never do anything with. If you are like me, most of those images don’t see the light of day. Maybe a couple end up on a blog or on Facebook, some end up on Instagram but for the most part they are left in digital purgatory and after a few months the special moment you wanted to document is lost. I took it as we were heading out the door to have our family portraits shot.
Like most two year olds, Charlie doesn’t smile for the camera. He gets uncomfortable and goofy and often moves his eye-line away from the camera. This moment was special because both of my kids looked great…at the same time… and in the same photo. I love seeing this every time I walk in the door. It’s a reminder and a keepsake.
When it comes to hiring me to shoot your wedding, children, family portrait, fill in the blank; I want you to leave with something you can touch and cherish. This is a 16×24 Giclee canvas I recently made for a client.
In 2011 I started using this image of Tutu in my promo material. When Tutu’s mom saw the mounted 18×12 print she loved it. I asked her what she did with the CD of files she purchased from me; she confessed that she hadn’t made time to do anything with them. Life is full; we all get busy….I want your experience with me to be easy and result in photos hung in your house that make you smile when you stop to look at them.
I shot this (riveting) video to show the results of one of the hard cover press printed books I offer. This is the fourth book in a row I’ve made for this client and when I dropped this off she remarked how special they are and that she loves having them to look back on.
By handing over a disc or a digital file I am handing you work. It means you have to make the prints, buy the frames, frame the prints, send Grandma a copy of the prints…..I don’t want your experience with me to be sullied by the stress of added work after the shoot is over. This is the reason I offer the products and services that I do. I want you to enjoy your photos. Granted clients still want copies of their digital files which are available, but as a photographer I want you to have something you can touch.
The beauty of shooting children’s and family portraits is the relationships.
A couple weeks ago I shot Kora’s fourth birthday party. The great thing is that I have been photographing Kora and her family since she was three months old.
Kora wanted a puppy themed party. There was bone-shaped cookies, dog-shaped cupcakes and of course a bunch of puppies. Yes, in LA, you can rent puppies for your party. Kora and her friend’s had a blast.
Our son Charlie’s birthday was on November 28th. And like most second kids the amount of effort that goes into documenting his life is slightly less that that of our first born. Hence I am getting to his slideshow a few weeks late.
If you’ve got 5 minutes and like Jeff Buckley enjoy what Robin, Grace and I have shared over the past year.
I spent days trying to find the right song. This song says nothing about my relationship with Charlie; other than it’s beautiful and I’ve loved it since the first time I heard it in the summer of 1994.
In cased you missed it here’s the slideshow I made for Grace’s first birthday.
A few months ago a photographer began a movement called Help-Portrait. The goal is for photographers around the world to take a day and use our gifts and skill to give back to people in need. The idea was picked up and promoted by a lot of blogs and websites and the concept was inspirational. If you’d like to help in any way, mark December 12th on your calendar and send me a note.