Dear Loving Parent,
If Your Child Is The Most Important Thing In The World To You… You Want A Memory You Will Cherish Forever…And Or You Realize How Quickly Things Can Change…
This Webpage Will Be Priceless To You..
You know your child better than anyone else in the world. You know his or her “real” smile, and you know his or her “fake” smile. But, you know what? Other people can tell the difference too. We all can. You’ve seen photographs where you could tell the photographer just posed the child and said “say cheese!” The lighting may have been good. The background might have been nice. But that fake expression that happens when a child is PROMPTED to smile – that just makes the photograph look like a snapshot instead of a special captured moment in your child’s life.
So many photographers actually FEAR children. Well, we can understand that, right? Children can be pretty scary sometimes. Working with other people’s children can be very intimidating. For most photographers, they don’t even meet your child until it’s time to create the photographs. So, your child is sitting there, under all these bright lights, in a strange place, in front of some strange person he or she has never met before. How scary is that? It’s no wonder most photographers have to resort to telling children to “say cheese” in order to get any expression even resembling a smile.
When you find the right photographer, a photographer who doesn’t merely understand photography, but also understands how to capture your child’s best expressions, you have found a new friend you will value for the rest of you life. This photographer is going to do something for you that no one else in the world can ever do —- This photographer will STOP TIME, and capture a cherished memory that you will be able to relive every day of your life.
Nothing means more to us than family memories. No one (other than maybe the rest of your family) understands what your child means to you more than I do. That’s one of the reasons we became a professional photographers – We want to help parents hold on to their family memories forever, and never regret not having a special photograph of their child created.
No price tag can be put on your family’s memories. They are and always will be priceless. So, why would you ever want to gamble with those memories? It’s just a question of whether you believe a portrait of your children could really mean that much to you.
If you were sick, and had to go to a doctor, would you want the “cheapest” doctor, or the best one? Well, there’s really no question. It’s the same thing with your family’s memories. You can certainly find a cheaper photographer in town. But there are other things to consider than just price…
We pride ourselves on becoming a family friend of every child we photograph. We’ve even had some clients invite me to their houses for birthday parties and such. You see, I didn’t get into photography to get rich. Believe me, there are better (and easier) ways to make a fast buck. I actually used to work on crab boats in Alaska. I could be making a WHOLE lot of money if I’d stayed in that line of work.
But I CHOSE to become a professional children’s photographer. Why did I make that career choice? Because I finally realized that all the money in the world meant nothing to me if I didn’t feel like I was making a difference.
Time is the one thing that none of us have enough of. It’s the one thing that money can’t buy. It’s the one thing that we all would give just about anything for. Through photography, we can hold on to the moments in our lives that we wish could last forever. And, if it’s done correctly, these same photographs can become works of art that we display in our homes for everyone to see and share.
There’s no cost, and no obligation to just chat with me, and it will make the whole difference as to how great your portraits will look. My studio number is:
Don’t worry. I’m not going to try to “sell you” on working with me. I’m already very busy, and I don’t need to pressure anyone to work with me as a photographer. I’ll just talk to you about your portraits, and help you discover what your photographs could be like.
If you decide to have me create your portraits – great. If not, no problem.
If you’re like most parents, when you first thought of having a portrait created of your child, you probably pictured in your mind a tiny studio, with a painted background, some bright lights, with your child sitting cross-legged on a stool looking nervous. Maybe you even thought of a family member or friend of yours who fancies himself or herself as a “bit of a photography buff.” Maybe you thought of having this person do a quick photograph of your child, and you’d call that good enough. You’re not alone. Most parents think this way at first….
…but then, just like the other parents on this site, something made you decide to check out my website. You probably saw some of the children’s photography I’ve created and said to yourself “that’s what I want.” Maybe you realized that this portrait of your child is so important, you’re not going to trust it to just anyone. Believe me, you’ve made the right choice.
By reading this far, you must at least be considering having a portrait of your child created. Well, that’s great – you will probably never make a decision that will bring you more lasting joy. However, there are some things you NEED to know before your son or daughter steps in front of any camera. By the time you finish reading this webpage, you will know everything you need to know about how to have the perfect portrait of your child created – the one you will cherish forever!
There are 6 VITAL things you must look for in a photographer! If your photographer is missing any one of these things, your child’s photographs will be much less than they should be. Demand that your photographer does each and every one of these things!
You may feel like having a children’s portrait done is going to be a lot of work on your part. Well, it isn’t! As long as you know the information on this website, it won’t be any work at all on your part.
….So, let’s jump right in!
Most photographers WILL NOT DO THIS! Just suppose you had a portrait created, and your son or daughter didn’t look natural in it. The photograph was “ok,” but it didn’t turn out spectacular. Should you have to pay for it? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I believe strongly that no one should ever have to pay for a photograph that isn’t PERFECT.
That’s my guarantee and personal promise to you. As far as I know, there’s no other photographer around that will make you this super of a guarantee. These photographs will be completely meaningless to you unless they convey the real emotions and personality of your child. That’s the only real reason to have a children’s portrait created.
So, if FOR ANY REASON you feel that the photographs I create for you are anything less than perfect, you don’t pay me for them. It’s that simple.
Obviously, I’m totally confident that the portraits I create for you will be well beyond anything you imagine. I believe completely that these photographs will become your most prized possessions – that, if your house were on fire, you would grab them on the way out of your burning home. This is not arrogance. I can’t stand arrogance. No, this is a complete belief in my abilities to capture natural, real emotions from children in photographs unlike anyone else. That’s what I’ve devoted my life to, and that’s why I can’t wait to photograph your child for you.
If you are not THRILLED with your photographs – if you are dissatisfied for ANY reason at all, I will do two things for you:
1st – At NO CHARGE, I will photograph your child again, and make sure that anything that wasn’t perfect is fixed, without you paying another cent.
2nd – If I am absolutely unable to thrill you – if I’m unable to create a photograph that you feel you will cherish forever, I will refund EVERY PENNY you invested in them. You don’t pay for your photographs unless you love them beyond expression!
If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer offers this strong of a guarantee. If they are professional and really good at what they do, they should back up their work by taking all the risk off of you.
No child is going to look natural and vibrant in their photographers if they don’t know and trust the photographer. That is just a plain FACT. Plus, besides making the photographs turn out so much better, think of how much more fun your child is going to have during the session if the photographer has become his or her friend! There’s absolutely NO REASON why your child shouldn’t enjoy having these portraits created. In fact, if your child is NOT having fun, the photographs will not turn out well at all.
15 years ago, I made a decision. I decided then and there that I would NEVER do a photographic session without meeting the child ahead of time. That single decision has made more of a difference to my clients than any other decision I’ve ever made.
THERE’S NO COST FOR THIS PRE-SESSION MEETING, and it will only take about 15 minutes, but by the time those fifteen minutes are up, you and your child will be so comfortable with me that when I do the actual session, the expressions will be perfect, natural, and priceless every time.
If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer will meet with you and your child ahead of time, and AT NO CHARGE. I can’t stress enough what a difference this will make!
Now, this is something no other photographer around does. If your child is being photographed in the studio, this is a great way to make him or her totally comfortable – and to insure they have fun.
You see, I have this wonderful, big, fluffy, warm, fuzzy, INVISIBLE puppy that lives in my studio. Really, I do. His name is George. And he LOVES to play hide and seek with children. When you and your child come to the studio for the session, I’ll immediately tell your child about George, and tell him or her to start looking for George. It’s a wonderful game, and it puts them at ease right away. You should see a child’s eyes light up when I tell them about this loving soft invisible puppy that’s running around my studio just waiting to be discovered. Throughout the entire session, if your son or daughter isn’t really “getting into the spirit” of the photography, I’ll tell them I just saw George running through the camera room. Immediately, their face will light up, and that’s when I snap the photograph.
Okay, just between you and me, there’s no such thing as an invisible dog who plays hide and seek with children. But, once again, the psychology of capturing your child’s unique personality in their photographs is what this game is all about. There are variations on this idea, so be sure to ask any photographer you consider hiring how they work with the children. That is even MORE important than the type of camera they use!
If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer does something special to insure your child will have fun and give you great expressions in photographs!
Before we continue with the 6 THINGS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER MUST DO, let’s talk about this for a moment. So many people think they have all the time in the world to have a portrait of their child created.
But, you know how things are. If you don’t pick up the phone right now, and at least call me to chat about your child’s portrait, you will probably get swamped with other things, and forget all about it. Then, before you know it, a year – two years – five years have gone by. How different will your son or daughter be by then?
You see, time is ticking…. and it’s never going to stop.
These are precious times, and although things will change, this moment never has to slip from your fingers.
Don’t put this off. You know how life is. We put things off, and before we know it, everything has changed. If your life is half as crazy as mine is, year after year you find yourself frustrated at the things you wanted to do, and never got done. A portrait of your child – as he or she is right now – is something you deserve.
Just suppose you call my studio and chat with me. Just suppose you decide you would like me to be your child’s photographer. As long as you are one of the first 43 people to call me (for your FREE chat), I will deduct 50% off the creation of your child’s portraits – NO MATTER WHEN YOU DECIDE TO HAVE THE PORTRAITS TAKEN WITH ME!
What does that mean? You don’t have to actually have the photograph created immediately – just call me to chat. If, after that call, you decide you want me to be your photographer, I’ll photograph your child for 50% off my regular fee.
Pick up the phone, and call my studio. CLICK HERE for the number.
Even if it’s after business hours, still call right now. I’ve got an answering machine that is just waiting to cheerfully take your message, and I’ll personally call you back so we can chat. Just let me know when is a good time to call you back. Don’t worry, I’m not going to try to “pressure” you at all into working with me. Plus, there’s no cost at all for us just to chat.
When you call, we’ll chat briefly about the things you need to know. I’ll tell you a bit about me. I’ll answer all your questions about how to prepare for your child’s portrait – including things I don’t have time to put in this letter. It won’t be a long call, but it will be one of the most important calls you make.
This is a biggie. Most photographers are trying to crank so many sessions through in a day, they only have a short amount of time to photograph each subject. Did you know that the average child photographer spends ONLY 12.5 MINUTES photographing a child?! That’s insane!
Fine children’s photography is like a great meal in a fine restaurant: It CAN’T be rushed. The photographer is like your personal chef, preparing the meal for you. The photographer is going to have to “add all the right spices” into the photograph to make it just right. This takes a bit of patience, and a lot of focus. If your photographer knows that in about 15 minutes the next client is going to show up, you’re not going to get the attention you deserve.
Now, it may not take the whole hour to photograph your child. However, I ALWAYS set aside at least one hour for every child session I book. I’ve done some sessions that only took about 20 minutes or so to get a number of stunning images, but the point is – it’s vital to leave that much time open. Don’t let your photographer rush through this. Remember, these are your memories, and it’s up to you to make sure your photographer realizes his or her responsibility to you and your child.
If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer spends AT LEAST ONE HOUR creating the perfect images for you – this cannot be rushed!
I love this part. You see, this is a two-fold benefit here. It’s going to make your child so much more comfortable, and at the same time, it’s going to add yet another level of personalization to the final photographs. As you know, children love familiarity. Nothing can calm them down like that “security blanket” they love to haul around the house, or that special beat-up raggedy old stuffed animal that Grandma gave them on their first birthday, or that cherished family pet that is like their best friend.
Imagine the wonderful photographs that will come from allowing your child to play with something that is so special to him or her. Some of the most emotional and memorable portraits I’ve ever created involved a child playing with a toy or a pet or even a family music box. We’ve all seen children almost seem to “slip into another world” when they play with certain things. Those are the moments I live for, and those are the moments I’m going to capture for you in your photographs.
If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer encorporates your child’s favorite toy into the photographs!
You don’t have to make a big decision right now. You don’t have to choose your photographer – you don’t even have to decide that now is the time for your child’s portrait. Just take one small step toward holding onto your child’s happiest moments RIGHT NOW.
You can call any time. If I don’t answer, just leave your name and number at the beep, and I’ll call you back. If you’re thinking of this photograph as a GIFT FOR SOMEONE, let me know, so when I call back, I only ask for you, and don’t spoil the surprise!
Once again, CLICK HERE for the direct phone number to my studio.
Make the call now. It will be a call you will be glad you made for the rest of your life. I look forward to hearing from you.
Greg and Tori
P.S. – Remember, call me just to chat, and if you are one of the first 43 people, and if you choose to have me photograph your child, you will save 50% off the creation of the images! You’ve nothing to lose, and so many great memories to gain. Call my studio now – no cost, no obligation – CLICK HERE.
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