Conversations with Clients: The Investment of Custom Photography

I felt compelled to post this after a talk with a client last week.  I hope this is helpful to everyone else as well.

It's Monday.

It’s been a hard, long day. You’re tired–and let’s face it–a little cranky. OK, a lot cranky.

So to cheer yourself up, you walk over to your computer and fire up the DVD of your recent family portrait session so that you can flip through the images. After seeing the slideshow playing on your tiny laptop, you can’t wait until the rest of the family comes over so that you can pass the computer around the dinner table.

Here’s another scenario, similar to the first, except for one crucial point: those incredible, indelible images are hanging on your walls. You see them every time you walk by; you smile every time you walk by. In each room of your home, the heirloom photographic art makes your heart swell, overflowing with the investment you’ve made in your family, the investment in adding permanence to your memories.

The impulse to purchase images on a disc instead of a canvas or a print is strong. We feel as if we don’t actually own something until we possess every image from our shoot, as if the only way to experience our family is by being able to make as many reprints of them as we want.

But images on disc or a USB sit around. They become stuffed into a desk drawer, until their media is rendered obsolete and the images cannot be accessed anymore. They remain untouched, until that day when we’ll have enough time to put them in an album or print them ourselves.

Finished products, on the other hand, are just that. They are ready to hang, ready to enjoy. They are instant–and constant–gratification. They are objects that can be passed down to your children, and your children’s children.

The tangible nature of fine art–that it is an actual object, hanging on your wall or sitting on your coffee table–is meant for enjoyment, for experience, not to be archived on a shelf in a plastic media case. A CD of all of your images is not fine art.

And the creation of fine art cannot be cheap. Crafting memories and creating personalized products that can be enjoyed for generations is a job that carries a lot of responsibility and weight, and demands finesse and skill. With professional photography, as with so much of life, you get what you pay for.

Photographic art is an investment, to be sure, but it’s one that you’ll never regret.

 (Source: Design Aglow)


Summer is here (almost)!


This month we are:

• spending lots of time in the hammock
• enjoying brunch with friends 
• taking care of Layla's bum leg :(
• thinking about a #staycation
• dumbfounded that Colbie Caillat's dad follows me on Twitter! #awesome 

Hope you are enjoying your June as well! 


Get the Best "You"

Every once in a while I'll get a new client that's a little worrisome of their upcoming photo session. When I ask why, oftentimes the biggest complaint from clients is that they don’t like the way they looked in their photos in years' past. And even more often, this is because they learned (after the fact) that their photographer is (or was) inexperienced. Professionals in the field understand and are trained on how to make their clients look their best, through posing, editing, and coaching during the shoot. These key ingredients can make or break the shoot. Even before the shoot, are they coaching you on what to wear and where/when to shoot? Don't be afraid to ask these questions if they don't volunteer the info. When you invest in a professional, you are paying for their expertise and guidance to make you look the best you can, which is a factor that should be considered when seeking out your photographer. When it doubt, don't be afraid to ask!  Get the best "you" in your pictures.


Did you say Spring?

Spring is in the air and that means it's time for portraits here in Cincinnati!  
Check out the latest Senior Model sessions. 

(And, a special thanks to 8 Village Square Salon for some fabulous hair and makeup!)


Model Call for Class of 2015!

Do you know someone that will be in the Class of 2015?  If so, we currently have an open Model Call for all Cincinnati high schools!  Please feel free to share this post with friends and family to help spread the word about this amazing opportunity and great experience for high school seniors!!!
Contact us for a model application or more details!  


The Lost Files | Fine Art Photography

I was going through my photos from last year to make a photo book of all our happenings (trips, daily life, etc) when I came across these beautiful images I took back in June when we went to visit Tim's parents in Pennsylvania.  I love happy accidents. :)


Valentine's Day mini-sessions are here!

Join us February 1st and 2nd for a fun portrait session!

Valentine's Day is just a month away! Eeek! Do you have anything planned?  How about a portrait session with us?? We have some great 20-minute sessions waiting just for you! 

Then, a few days after your session, choose two images you would like to have in 5x7 and 8x10 mounted prints. (You also get the coordinating digital files!) 

We also have three different Facebook timeline cover photos for you to choose from to customize with your new portraits! All for just $99! What more could you ask for?

 Call today to reserve your spot! :)



Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a fun and festive holiday season! I know we did. It was nice to take a little time off from work and relax with family and friends for a few days.

Here are some of the highlights from the past two weeks. :)

 A few photos from our Christmas party.

A few Christmas gifts this year (including my new favorite mug).

 A wonderful Christmas dinner with friends that will be moving soon. :(

 Kaia being festive.

Tim and I getting ready to ring in the New Year .


I hope everyone has a happy and healthy 2014! 
Stay tuned to the blog because I have lots of BIG plans for this year! 


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