We all know the the expression "they grow up so fast", right. So you have been thinking about getting some professional portraits done for a long time now but somehow it's been put on the long finger. As a father of two children I know the feeling! Always somewhere to go or somewhere to be. Parents are so busy these days it's so hard to find the time. Inevitably you end up forgetting about the portraits or putting it off for "another day". Sooner or later you finally have the time to organise this and you suddenly realise your children are not kids anymore! Somehow they have managed to grow up to become young teenagers or adults and the years have just gone so quickly you wonder what happened!
I've been a professional portrait photographer for almost two decades and in that time I have seen many children, come and go through my portrait studio. For many they have come back to me numerous times over the years as each new addition arrives in the family. It struck me the other day how so many parents have commented on past portraits and how much they treasure these images even more as their children have grown. Of course we all have snapshots of our children taken with a camera phone or snapped at the birthday party and without question we will cherish these images for many years to come, but how many of these images really show the depth of detail in each expression. Were the lighting conditions perfect? Were the shadows too harsh to see the detail in their eyes? were they moving too fast to get the shot perfectly in focus? Of course, the technical details by themselves are not the most important factor in creating a great portrait… But..when everything comes together… You capture that special fleeting moment in time when the child's personality really shines through AND the lighting, composition and focus is perfect. Well, then you really have something that can be cherished for many years. A true portrait! Now you take this beautiful image and professionally print it to Fine Art, exhibition quality standard, using the finest museum grade hand-made, archival papers in the world, printed by a Hahnemuhle Certified Fine Art Printer and THEN…You really do have something.
In ten years time from today, many of those household items that you purchased will be broken, replaced or worn out. On the other hand your Fine Art Portrait will look as good then, as it did the day it was first captured and your love for this item will only grow more as the years go by. I consider it a great honour to play my role in this unique process and I thank all of my customers for allowing me share those brief but all important moments.