When I go to someone’s about page, it is true that I am genuinely curious about them. What makes them tick? What are they passionate about? But I usually have an ulterior motive when I visit someone’s about page. I’m considering purchasing something from them, some service or product, and I want to check them out. I want to see if what I am thinking about purchasing is worth the price, and part of the way I do that is to check out the person doing the selling. So, here’s a bit about me, written with an eye towards you. Hopefully this will help you make a well informed decision about your photography needs.
I believe that there is an inner and an outer. The inner is what affects the outer, not the other way around. There is a “bridal glow” that all brides get as the time to walk down the aisle approaches. They would have this glow even without the special hair and makeup touches, because that glow comes from within. It comes from the hopes and dreams and promises about to come true in a ritual almost as ancient as humans. There is an inner that results in families with relaxed and happy faces. There is an inner that outpictures in the serene face of a mother to be. My inner is that I do this work because I love it, and because I love my clients. If I didn’t enjoy this work, I would not be doing it. The outer is effected by the inner.
Here is my outer:
- I’ve got boatloads of experience, 30 years of it. In that time, I estimate I’ve successfully photographed 5000 or so weddings and hundreds of portrait sessions, both in and out of the studio. What does this mean to you? It means that no matter what the venue, no matter what is going on in your family, no matter what the weather, I can guarantee you will love your photos…..no matter what. I’m not limited to photographing during certain times of the day, because I know how to light a situation to make you look your best.
- I’ve got initials! Specifically Cr.Photog. and CPP. I’m kind of proud of those, because they weren’t just granted to me, I earned them. The first set of initials gives me the title of Photographic Craftsman and it basically means I’m qualified to teach the craft to other photographers. The second set of intials stands for Certified Professional Photographer. What does this mean to you? Again, it is a guarantee. It means that technically I can assess any situation and light it properly so that you get beautifully executed photographs, not snapshots. And that I know how to pose people. You aren’t going to look awkward in your photos, nor is your family.
- I’ve got equipment! Not just any equipment. There is a difference between a nice camera and professional camera. Pixels aren’t the end all in the quality of photos. There are many other factors, such as how does the camera handle low light levels, and can it “talk” to off camera flash equipment? And can it stand up to the rigors of professional use? What does this mean to you? Again, a guarantee. In these days of photographers who proudly profess to be “available light” photographers, I say that is very limiting. Yes, I use available light, when it is available. But I also use highly controlled off camera light, diffusion, and any other form of light necessary to get the job done.
That’s the outer. It’s important, but not as important as the inner. The inner has to do with my attitude towards you, the client. And towards those special situations which call for an investment in professional photography. If it is important to you, it is important to me. It’s that simple. It is a work ethic of sorts, and I’m proud of that ethic. I also think that my confidence and technical skill lends to a calmness and an efficiency that not many photographers can claim. What does this mean to you? It means I will exude an calmness that will allow you and your family to be calm as well. Yes, I’m a calming influence at a time when people have a tendency to be anxious. I happen to think that is an important asset to bring to a photography session.
So, if you are looking for a photographer who cares, who will take the time to get to know you, and who will bring boatloads of experience and technical skill, as well as calmness and a sense of fun to your important event, I’m your girl.