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Creating Real Portraits and Valuable Keepsakes.

Since I began as a photographer it has been my goal to provide more than just a photograph.  I don't want to provide snap shots of a person but instead create something about the person.  Just yesterday I heard an educator in the field refer to one of his friends who said that a photograph is OF someone but a portrait is ABOUT someone.  And that is what I want to create for my clients, portraits about them, whenever I get the opportunity.


I've recently, thanks to my Fellowship, developed a style that is perfect for photographing a child that shows a little about themselves.  And while creating my Fellowship I was fortunate enough to have a client like one of the images and ask for it for her daughter.  She said her 3 year old loves dolls and doll prams and that shot would be perfect for her.  So I asked her about her son and what he likes to do so I could come up with something for him.  "He plays rugby", she said.  Perfect I thought.  "How do you feel about getting him muddied up for a portrait in his kit?"


I was so pleased she was keen on the idea. 

I knew I wanted the intense stare for what would be the perfect portrait in my eyes.  But just in case I made sure I got the a nice smiley one too.  I know that artistically I am drawn to less smiley portraits but that not all my clients are, so I do like to play safe and capture a variety.  In this case though my client chose the same one I did to be framed for their wall.  I often find myself mesmerised by this portrait I love it so much.  He did a perfect job.  Although much to my surprise, it took him a bit to warm to the idea of playing with the mud.  I think it was the idea of the obviously necessary shower he was going to need when he got him that was putting him off. 


During these sessions I also create the standard simple portraits because I know my clients might need a variety of images for a variety of purposes. 



I've recently had another opportunity for one of my real portraits which I am hoping to share here soon and I definitely hope to get more opportunities in future.  If you're interested in having a personal portrait like this of your child or children please get in touch.  I'd love to help you create a true keepsake.  Give me a call on 01455 611069 so we can discuss. 


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