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By way of an exlanation..

December 31, 2010

I bandy around lots of terms when describing the type of photography I offer.. journalistic, lifestyle, candid, natural, custom, boutique

It can be tricky to explain, especially when we are so bombarded with the ‘$25 for a sitting and 3 poses’ posters in the grocery store, why anyone would want to pay more for ‘custom’ photography

Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for that type of service, but its not what you’ll get from me.

So what is ‘custom’ photography..?

Its made to measure..

The first hint that custom photography might be for you is to think about your own sense of style, and of what style represents your family best. Within the bounds of ‘lifestyle’ photographers you will find a veritable smorgasbord of styles – and you are bound to find one that fits you well, rather than making yourself fit a cookie-cutter model.  Don’t panic if you don’t think you can quantify your style.. just browse lots of web sites and go with your gut 🙂 Custom photography is about choice.


Photography is meant to capture a memory, right? Leave a footprint of a moment? It seems to make sense that a photography session for your children or family takes place in an environment that not only reflects your personalities and interests, but on in which you all feel (mostly!) comfortable.

One of the best ways to organise a custom photography session is around an activity that you all enjoy. Inhibitions fade faster when you are having fun together, and genuine smiles (and pouts, sulks, laughs, hugs.. all that makes you you..) come faster.

Sure, we can arrange a session for a Christmas card, birthdays, family get together. But how about a morning out? A session of cookie making? Gardening, the park, art creating….?

I think often not only of the impact that a photo has on those in it, their friends and family, but what the impact will be on generations to come. A story told. A connection made…

I am a firm believer that we should dig deep for the real lives and lessons of those who came before.  This all sounds very earnest, I know.. but I do believe it to be true, and I think that anyone who has ever been touched by an image can probably see this too.

Custom Photographers want you to have a record, a way of holding memories, that really shows  who you are at this moment in time. And maybe not only for you…

This type of photography is not for everyone, and not for all the time. It takes a level of commitment; planning, investment, time..and in return you are getting a commitment from your photographer.  This is a custom designed service and your experience will be unique, as will the art you receive at the end.

And, yes. It costs more.  The cookie cutter, large scale production vs. small business, personal approach equation is an obvious one, but if you’d like a better breakdown  of what you get for your buck many other photographers have spent a lot of time laying this down, so I’ll send you to one of them 🙂  This is a good place to start..

So to end with, a little of us, ‘lifestylin’ it up”….

Have a great end to the holiday week..

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. nadinethornhill permalink
    January 4, 2011 12:23 pm

    Hello neighbour and fellow blogger!

    I’ve reading your back entries during my lunch break. Your work is beautiful — who knew I lived just a few doors down from such an artist?

    I’d like to put a link to your blog on mine, if that’s all right with you.



    • January 4, 2011 4:38 pm

      Hello neighbour 🙂

      Thanks for the kind words – and yes, feel free to link from your blog… that would be great. I’m happy to return the favour if you’d like..?

      • nadinethornhill permalink
        January 4, 2011 6:30 pm

        Mutual linking is always appreciated (though not at all necessary). Looking forward to reading and seeing more of your photography!

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