We all have relationships interconnecting our personal, professional and social lives in a sometimes tangled web.
The number one relationship of utmost importance is the one you have with your family. They make you laugh, they make you cry, they even make you yell in frustration and scream with joy. It's also the one that dictates decision making when it comes to anything that affects your loved ones.
Choosing a doctor that you trust with your and the family's medical matters. You know from experience that the doctor has your good health as their priority and so you're confident in taking your kids in whenever the need arises.
You probably have a dentist that you visit regularly and trust to maintain your teeth in top condition. And they will have developed relationships with your family members so everyone feels comfortable in hopping into that chair having sharp metal objects poked about in their mouths.
And you most likely have a mechanic that you trust to keep you and your family safe whenever you jump in the car (probably recommended by a trusted friend or relative). You know that a regular appointment will result in an honest explanation of how your car is going, what needs attention, and you feel safe in the knowledge that you're not being ripped off.
It takes time to build these relationships up but it feels so good to know that there are people you can trust to do the right thing by you.
At this point you're probably wondering what all this has to do with photography? Well, it has absolutely everything to do with it actually.
It would seem pretty far fetched to expect someone to trust a total stranger with your family and invest your time, energy and money by booking a photo session with them, based purely on a couple of images on a website. But that's exactly what's being asked of you whenever you visit a photographer's web page. Hey look at my pictures! Book me now and I promise to deliver a great experience and beautiful photos!
I know I'd want to know a little bit more about them before I chose to email or pick up the phone.
Since starting Moving Stills Photography nearly a decade ago, I have been hired by commercial clients and families for years to produce captivating photographic images. Having heavily invested in tertiary training and professional equipment, I have continuously worked hard to provide a service based on integrity, respect and total satisfaction. And of course great images. Be they from around the corner, interstate or even the other side of the world, clients have felt comfortable enough to trust me in photographing their businesses, products, staff, weddings and families.
From kids fashion labels to entire schools to individual families, one thing is common to all: building good relationships and trust.
Being a father of 3 children under 9, I am in tune with working with kids and all their challenges. If you don't know how to engage them, you'll get nothing out of them. If you know how to get them onside, they'll be more than happy to work with you on anything. Sometimes all it takes is a little imagination and a lot of patience. I know that every family photo session I undertake will deliver the moving stills photography my clients are used to and expect of me every time.
Why would I be so confident about that?
Because I take the time to talk to you and tease out all the information I need before the shoot to make sure I capture your family relationships and what makes them special and unique.
I offer free advice from years of of experience on how to dress your family, your pets and what to expect on the day, so you're prepared and look your best.
I can suggest suitable locations based on your tastes and time of year, if you prefer shooting somewhere other than your home.
I am patient, but can think quickly on my feet and ensure all those with little feet are comfortable and enjoy the shoot.
I inform and guide you during the selection process so you can choose the best images from the session.
I recommend ways of displaying and enjoying your photos in traditional and modern ways.
I do this because I know my reputation is built on it and if I want to be your regular photographer and capture your changing family as it grows, then I have to build that relationship and trust from the very first day. Just like your doctor, dentist and mechanic did, or any other professionals you trust with your family.