Does a photographers personality influence their success

I think my personality is a key to my success. I am very much a people person, and I am very interested in all of my clients. I love talking with them and learning about them. I am always pleased to find that we have a lot in common, and I am good friends with many of them I am flattered when they welcome me into their homes as an old friend. I think that when you are working with children, if you aren't personable, you can't be successful

Index

83,91,98, 106, 114, 122 Alvarez, Alycia, 31-41 background, 31 equipment, 39 marketing, 39-40 presenting images, 41 pricing, 40-41 scheduling, 32-33 studio, 32 techniques, 33-39 Assistants, 37, 61, 72, 93, 95 Backgrounds, 17, 35-37, 51-52, 95 Balsamo, Thomas, 107-14 background, 107-9 equipment, 113-14 marketing, 114 presenting images, 114 pricing, 114 scheduling, 110-11 studio, 109-10 techniques, 111-13 Black & white photography, 19, 39, 55, 63, 72, 80, 103, 118 Bonfigli, Eddie, 59-66...

How do you promote your studio

At first I e-mailed everyone I knew and produced postcards I left in high-end children's clothing shops and toy stores. I arranged to display images in some doctors' and dentists' offices. I offered to teach parents about how to take great pictures at the local baby stores. Results I got my name established pretty quickly as an expert. I also bought advertising in six different local parent newsletters. I tracked how many clients heard about me from each newsletter and only continued...

Audrey woulard

Audrey lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and four active sons. Once I knew I wanted to be a photographer, there was no question that I wanted to specialize in children. Her available-light work has been seen in InStyle, Chicago Magazine, and City Baby Chicago. It is also on display at businesses along the Gold Coast. Audrey strives to create memories with spirit in a business where she has flourished. To see more of her images, visit www.alw photography.com. I am a self-taught...

Individuality

Study the photographs in this book and consider why you admire them. Individual images by various photographers may look similar, and that's not unusual. Unique, one-of-a-kind, child portrait styles are rare, but the same can be said about the styles of painters, writers, composers, actors, and even about the windups of baseball pitchers. Photographers are not being copycats when their creative minds come up with related visual solutions. Photographic style is generated by imagination,...

Catherine Huch

Catherine Huch Photographs

They sit in one place and take direction, I turn on the backlighting. I look for simple locations without busy backgrounds. I use a 42-inch reflector or a small 20-inch reflector when I work outdoors, depending on the size of the space I am working in. I don't use reflectors or a fill light in open shade if I have a very active child. I pay close attention to lighting the child's eyes, and hope for the best. Props. I only use a few props, and only when it is absolutely necessary. I have an...

Eddie bonfigli

Eddie Bonfigli of West Palm Beach, Florida, started as a wedding photographer before concentrating on children's portraiture. His style, refined over sixteen years, depends on simplifying his methods and searching for the decisive moment. Though he has no children, kids have a distinct appeal to him, which helps generate the patience that accompanies his sense of portrait design. In addition to portrait work, Eddie runs a web site for children's portrait photographers located at...

Kathleen neville and pam osinski

Photographing Children Nude

Kathleen and Pam, each with their own studio, collaborate via a unique working agreement. With Kathleen's studio in Novi, Michigan, and Pam's studio in Milford, Michigan, they are only a few miles apart. Over the past ten years these two photographers have formed a seamless business union. Kathleen is the creative partner, Pam is the technical expert. They support and assist each other with the daily functions of their portrait businesses. Each contributed to this chapter. For more on Kathleen,...

The Photographers

Some men and women in this book were hooked on photography in high school, or they just started taking pictures of kids and selling them to friends. Some hung on to their daytime jobs until they were seriously involved. Audrey Woulard told me, After my son was born, my husband came home with a professional digital camera for me and I took pictures of the baby as he grew. I was fas cinated by his movements, his expressions, his whole baby routine. Eventually, I started making pictures of other...

Tell us some of your techniques for photographing children

This is a challenge I enjoy. I know virtually every song from many children's shows and I make friends with kids easily. I also joke with them and have fun. Unfortunately, many children may have been conditioned by other photographers, and even their parents, that I will tell them what to do and how to smile. That is not my style. As I photograph, I talk to the children parents can unintentionally and sometimes intentionally divert their attention. Occasionally, I...