Portrait Photographers vs. Event Photographers

I wish I had a penny for every time that a client has come to me and exclaimed disappointment that the portrait photographers that they chose for their maternity and baby photography were their incredible wedding photographers. “He did such a great job at our wedding and I don’t understand why he wasn’t a great maternity and baby photographer.” Really? You don’t know why? Oh, okay. I forget that you’ve not hung around the photography industry for decades like I have. The assumption from every layman is that a photographer is a photographer and that means that they should wear every hat. That’s like expecting your podiatrist to perform open heart surgery. We choose our specialties based on what we are passionate about and what we are good at. Don’t expect good portrait photographers to be good event photographers, and vice versa.

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Beware of “Photographers”

No matter where you are these days it seems as though you will find somebody taking a picture with their phone or digital camera and every new mom and Uncle Joe are calling themselves “photographers”. Now I’d hate to burst your bubble if this sounds like you but just because you have played around with a fancy camera or have taken a few great pictures with an iPhone this doesn’t qualify you as a professional photographer. Unfortunately, thanks to modern day technology and social media we are used to seeing a flood of mediocre images every day and the world is being taught that this is what photography looks like now. This just isn’t true!

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Parenting Advice | Family Portraiture

Recently, I had an awesome session with a family of four that was a lot of fun to work with. Russ Jones is a busy stay at home father of two boys, an author of a very comical and true parenting blog and he just published a potty training book that I wish I had when my children were young and learning.

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Preparing for Child and Baby Photography

You’re getting ready for a child and baby photography session and what should you do? I’ve been a Los Angeles photographer of babies and children for over two decades with two LA portrait studios, with thousands of sessions under my belt, and I think I can give you some great advice and a glimpse into my world. I try to always have a positive, uplifting portrait session, but sometimes I have to make some calls that I don’t want to make.

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This Portrait Photographer Thanks You!

I’ve had a lot of return clients lately at my LA portrait studios, and I am always beyond flattered that they return to me for their portrait photography time and again since my prices can be higher than some of my competition. With that being said, I think it’s pretty clear I must be doing something right!

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Family Photography and a Different Kind of Christmas Card

Who says we still have to do everything that’s traditional? Why not make a new tradition like sending out a New Year’s Eve card or even Valentines Day Cards? I really like the Valentines Day cards idea! There are great family photography opportunities there.

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Artist Portrait Series

With a long-time passion for photography, I’ve managed to capture people at their most comfortable state, being themselves in front of the camera. My two portrait studios, located in Pasadena and Long Beach, have broadened my photography spectrum to include baby photography, maternity photography, child photography, family photography, dog photography and boudoir photography. For Linus Galleries’ past art show, “It’s Only Natural”, I took more photographs for my artist portrait series centering the idea around some of the artists whose work was chosen to be part of the art exhibition. This portrait series opened the door to gaining a different perspective into the artists’ creative process.

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