What IS custom photography?
Custom photography differs significantly from the experience provided by a mall portrait “studio” or by the photographer down the block who snaps a few photographs of your family and sends you on your way with a disc of images for $150. Investment in custom photography is an investment in art, individualized experience, and client service.
If you have clicked on my profile (the “About” tab), you already know that I consider it one of my highest priorities to capture the unique style, personalities, and characteristics of each of the children and families I photograph, and to preserve them as photographic art. To accomplish that objective, one of the first things I do when you schedule a session with me is ask you a number of questions that assist me in customizing your photography experience. For example, I will ask you questions about your family’s style, favorite places at which your family enjoys spending time, and your vision for your portraits, all of which allow us to identify the perfect location for your family portrait session. In addition, I may ask you questions about your children’s favorite activities, toys, or games, so that I can make them as comfortable and happy as possible during your portrait session. We will also discuss wardrobe styling (or your preferences for props and color schemes, if you are scheduling a newborn session), and I provide you with tips and recommendations for looking your best. (I also love receiving client texts and emails containing photos of potential wardrobe and accessory options!)
Following your session, I spend many hours retouching and editing your images to ensure that I provide you with polished images in which everyone looks their best. In addition, I will personally meet with you in your home or other predetermined location to present a slideshow containing your final images. At that time, I will assist you in making your image selections — I am able to guide you through my portrait collections, show you actual samples of product options (including color swatches for albums and boutique frames), demonstrate how your images will look in various sizes and configurations on the walls of your home, and assist you in choosing images for your boutique leather or linen album.
In my experience, it can be very advantageous to have someone guide you through the ordering process and demonstrate how to best showcase your images, which is why I prefer in-person ordering sessions. Nothing breaks my heart more than hearing that people who receive or purchase digital files often simply file away their CD or flash drive, and never actually get around to printing their images. Not only will these people have wasted the money and time they invested in their portrait session, but they are also missing out on the daily enjoyment of the art — the beautiful pictures of their loved ones — that they helped to create.