It's the beginning of senior picture season and I have on my heart to share something. Being the quiet introvert that I am this is hard and I'm sure, I'll probably write this a dozen time before I hit "publish". I just wanted to share a few observation's that I've seen over the past few years as a Richmond senior photographer. It's been kind of fascinating to me because I love psychology and marketing and generally just studying people. I listen intently to people and heard what they are saying and I analyze . I bring that back to my business to provide the best service I can. This is not always easy because sometime what I want to offer is not what any one wants.
I know we are a digital society, we want and expect things quickly and easily. Fads, words come and go within a day. A celebrity today, gone and forgotten tomorrow. School alone, especially the senior year, just flies by. There is work, clubs, extra curricular activities, volunteering all to get into the best school. The pressure is real , people. I guess that's one reason I love senior photography so much. It makes everything slow down, if just for a few hours. It's the anticipation of you picking the right outfits, the hair, makeup, anticipating seeing your pictures for the first time. I love all of that. I really like to think I made a difference ...that I helped you celebrate all of your accomplishments in that one moment. I like to think I gave mom and dad a priceless gift. Something I know they are going to love looking at on their way while you are away at college. And a little something for grandma too...that beautiful smiling picture. You are going to love the "moody" or "goofy" picture that captured your personality perfectly.
But, here is the rub. I often feel that I'm the only one that cares about these things. I have to be honest right now and share what is bothering me. I have been hit too frequently the past two years with "we don't need prints, we don't hang family pictures on our wall. Seriously, you just stabbed me in the heart. You are too expensive, we'll just have her friend take them, she's really good with her iphone or camera. Absolutely nothing wrong with this. But, I'm not too expensive, I just offer something completely different. I feel that our kids are always getting their pictures taken by a friend or themselves. I offer more than that. I provide a special bonding time between the parent and the senior. Something we plan together and share in together. A way to make the time stand still if just for a brief moment. I really reach in there and pull your personality out, while making sure you look great doing it. There are rules to posing that are fascinating to me, the slight angle of the head, or the hands, the fingers the feet, all provide the best portrait. It's giving you guidance on how to look unposed. And the final ingredient is my editing style. I edit to enhance the image, the boldness of some the softness of others. Whatever, the image "feels" like. But, not heavy on the face editing. I want you to look like you, minus the blemish or stray hair. I'm not going to run a standard "action" or filter over everything so it looks the same. No...I hand edit each one.
So, with that said. I will continue to be "expensive" in some eyes. I will have to know in my heart that I'm not for everyone. There are people out there that don't feel the same as me... that pictures are the most important thing in the world . That they are priceless. I'll continue to do it my way and provide the BEST service possible and the best portraits possible. I will continue to lug my heavy lights with me to ensure your images pop. I will continue to plan every detail down to location and which outfit will look great on you. I will continue to offer you gorgeous professional prints , wall portraits and albums that you can hand down to your grandchildren. I will continue to not take any short cuts. I will continue to educate myself on better lighting and posing techniques. I will continue to seek out the best and most unique locations to make sure no one has portraits like yours. I will continue to treat you as the unique individual you are and bring that out in your portraits. I will be the 5 star dining experience in our fast food world.
I love you and want to offer you something you may have not known you even needed and I have seen for over 15 years that you wouldn't trade for anything!!