When families are looking to get professional portraits taken, they often will head to the local mall studio. While sometimes this turns out ok, a lot of people are left wondering why the images were not what they expected.
Some of the things to know about mall photography studios. First thing is, they operate on a quantity based business model, meaning that they try and crank out as many portrait sessions as possible, in order to maximize their revenues. The problem with that from a customer standpoint is that you may only get a maximum of 15 minutes with your photographer. During that short period of time the photographer will go through a “checklist” of shots, that was given to them.
The truth is, not all poses fit all people. From my standpoint, I try to visualize individual poses prior to arriving at our shooting location. This is why we like to meet you before our shoot. That personal experience makes a large difference in the outcome of your portraits.
One of the advantages to location photography is that you are not going to get the same shot, 10 different times. We can use the environment to create very unique poses. Anthony Ryan Photography also will creatively process all of your images. So while retouching may be an extra charge at the mall studio, we don’t give you an image without making sure that it looks as good as it can. Here is an example of an image before retouching, and the same image after being creatively processed by us.
As you can see, the after image has more color and detail, and the eyes have been given a contrast and color boost. When you are paying a photographer, these services should be included, not an extra charge. Mall studios usually do not process their images at all, and if they do, then they will most likely charge extra for it.
Anthony Ryan Photography also offers the digital negatives to our clients in order for them to be able to print the images as many times as they would like. While some of our competitors do this, we have made sure that we keep them affordable. The truth is, most people are going to want to back these images up on a disc in case something happens to them. We understand that, and being that you pay for our service, we believe that the right thing to do is to offer you these images with a limited copyright release so that you may reproduce them forever. Now of days, if your photographer does not offer this, I would look elsewhere.
If you are interested in getting family portraits done, and you live in the Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, or San Fernando Valley area, we would love to work with you. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.