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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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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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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Family Photography

On a daily basis, I encourage parents and loved ones to slow down and take the time to document these beautiful and fleeting moments in life with portrait photography. Being a proud mother, I see, first hand, how quickly children grow and how easy it is to let the craziness of life distract you from enjoying these times. Working for Linnea and watching how she sees life and love, I have truly come to see why family portraits are such an irreplaceable treasure…yet it took her months of reminding me to actually step in front of her lens myself!

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Family Portrait Displayed at Irvine Fine Arts Center

I’m very excited to announce that one of the portraits from the “Images From the Homefront” exhibit has been selected to go on display at the Irvine Fine Arts Center as part of its All Media 2008 Show.

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Celebrity Portraits: Brooke Burke and David Charvet

When I photograph a celebrity portrait, I feel very honored to get that extra seal of approval. But nothing touches me more than when celebrities return with their family for another portrait session, especially when they’re as wonderful as Brooke Burke and David Charvet.

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Emotional Photography

As my photographic technique has become second nature and my artistic vision has become stronger I can let go of all of that and focus on the people in front of me as unique individuals. I look for the emotion, I look for the place where they are in their lives and I try to take a very simple, genuine moment and turn it into art.

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Parenting: Praising Children, Raising an Intelligent Child

My mother produced a daughter who has always made a big effort. I never realized until now that she did this because I have been too busy working hard. Not only do I work hard daily at being a good parent, but I work daily at being a good photographer. Does it work? I hope it does. All I know is that I have always been driven and happy.

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Los Angeles Photographers

A portrait photographer is even odder in that he or she needs to pull into their brain, their gut and their experience and yet. . .connect. With every portrait I create, I pull in and. . .emerge with a feeling, an emotion or a moment of this family’s life. I connect, I breathe and I express. If I can let my guard done, I can see more than what is in front of me. I see the future, the past and what is, what really is, at this moment.

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