When it comes to family photos - whole family photos - it is hard to do it when you're the one holding the camera. Honestly, I am rarely in photos. Not only do I hate my photo being taken (it is so awkward - yes, I feel like you do), I also rarely like the outcome (too fat? too white? too me.). I'm not a big fan of editing-to-the-point-you-change-the-appearance so making myself skinny on photoshop is out of the question. However, my kids need to remember me right now as much as I need to remember them. I wanted a photographer that could capture how much we love and care for each other, as well as make me look like a model.
Like most folks seeking a service, I got online and started browsing through some local photographer's webpages. I had two requirements - that it not be too expensive and that I recieve digital files so I can print myself. Most folks want that these days anyway, right? As a photographer, I really want people to print because in 30 years, you won't be able to see your images on a DVD (our kids may not even remember what they are). I will print my photos for sure. Even plan to make Christmas Cards with them!
This all reminded me of how important your website is - because that is how someone gets to know you and first impressions count! From this, I plan to make some changes to my own (this) webpage.
I also have a goal of using our in-closet clothes to make coordinating (not matching) outfits for our shoot. OK, so maybe can buy one or two things, but I want the majority of it to be in-house. That is one thing I try to tell customers is to pull from what you have first. Pick one or two things and then go from there. We'll see what I come up with!
Last, I love photojournalistic style of photography. I used to love posed shots. However, when Holly was almost 1 and we were as broke as broke can get, my friend, Gretchen, graciously took of our family-of-four portraits for free. I was hooked on the way she captured natural poses... interactions rather than poses. I still treasure those photos.
I chose Sara Davis Photography to do our 2012 family photos. She is out of Durham and I loved all the images she had on her website. She was recommended by one of my biggest local inspirations, Ginny Corbett Photography (who only does weddings). I simply cannot wait.
And, so my diet begins today. 30 day shred, here I come!