A mom of one of my recent seniors sent me an email the other day:
“We’re all so thankful that you did Paige’s photos. We’ve seen several of her friends’ photos done by other photographers, and they are so edited that they don’t look real or like the actual girl. Plus, so many of them are just look way too provocative for senior portraits. Thanks for doing such an awesome job! Paige is very happy with them.”
It’s one of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received. Please read on…
I’ve dedicated the last 25 years of my life to my craft. I’ve never claimed to be the greatest photographer, and I never will. But one thing that I strongly believe is that a professional portrait should reflect REALITY. The trend lately seems to be the exact opposite. You might disagree with me and maybe I’m crazy, but I think your portrait should look like….YOU. Don’t get me wrong, I get it. I know you want to look your best and you want to be ‘pretty’ but you don’t have to be completely transformed to do that. Because the REALITY is that you are pretty (or handsome) just the way you are. A professional photographer can bring that out of you, without having to make you over. Without sticking a giant bouquet of flowers on your head. Without the latest Photoshop (or Instagram) edits. There’s a difference between creative and fake. Just like there’s a difference between real and fake. I’ll choose real every time. That’s why I prefer classic, traditional portraiture. That’s what you will get when you come to my studio. And in 10 years (or less) you won’t have to look at your portraits and say “What was I thinking?”
When you look at my website, you might not see award-winning photography (although I have won a few, toot-toot). What you WILL see is reality. Not workshop or ‘stylized’ images. My REAL clients, who have paid me a great honor by CHOOSING ME to photograph them.
I am speaking primarily about senior portraits. Don’t even get me started on what’s being done with newborns these days. I guess that’s a post for another day.
Do you agree? Disagree? Either way, I’d love to hear from you…