There are four important components that when combined, create an amazing portrait session:

  1. Trust. You have to trust that I know what I’m doing as far as directing you and your family throughout your session.
  2. A relaxed environment. The more relaxed I am, the more relaxed you and your loved ones will be, allowing each of you the space to be your goofy selves.
  3. A photographer who is knowledgable about photography and how to use her camera. I wrote a blog post a few weeks ago entitled The Making of a Great Photograph listing all of things I’ve learned and think about while making a photograph. Just because someone has a fancy DSLR camera doesn’t mean he or she can make great photographs with it. You can make amazing photos with an iPhone if you know what you’re doing……because the photographer is the most important part of the picture making process, not the camera.

    Photography is not about cameras, gadgets and gismos. Photography is about photographers. A camera didn’t make a great picture any more than a typewriter wrote a great novel. —Peter Adams

  4. Openness between you and me. I strive to make beautiful images of you and your family that best capture the true essence of you all. In order for me to do this I need to get to know you a little before our session which is why we meet for a consultation, talk on the phone, and email one another. The more I know about you and your family, the better.

To show you how important sharing your life story is to a photographer, please take a few minutes to watch this video where six photographers were challenged to make a portrait of the same man, but were each given a different background story about him. The results are amazing!



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