There was an article in USA Today highlighting the drop in school photo sales as the cool factor fades. I can totally understand the premise of the article. All through my life I have never liked my school portraits nor the ones I purchased of my kids. School photos are generally rushed and must be accomplished in seconds or a minute at best in order to complete the project in record time. It is almost impossible to create a connection between the photographer and the subject. It is a one size fits all strategy.
You are better served by searching for a photographer whose style you prefer and can create an image that truly reflects the subject. Each photographer is an artist with their own style so it is difficult to force them into shooting what you want. It is much better to find a photographer who shoots the types of image you want as opposed to finding one that fits your budget first than forcing them to shoot the style you want.
While hiring a professional photographer on your own can be expensive, you will never regret that investment in 10, 25, or fifty years.
We now also provide photography of fine art in our Milford, PA-based studio in Northeast Pennsylvania. Milford, which is rich in art and history, is located directly across the Delaware River from the States of New York and New Jersey. It is easily accessible by car, bus and train from New York City. Our studio can accommodate any flat art up to approximately 8′ x 10′ and sculptures of similar size as long as it can fit through our doorway. We can also photograph larger sculptures at other local locations with advance notice so give us a call if you need to document your fine art for use in catalogs and websites. We’ll even host our images of your work on our server so you, your galleries and advertising agents can have easy access to the digital files from anywhere in the world.
I recently had the opportunity to photograph art work created by Lindsay K. Gates. Lindsay is a studio artist working out of Milford. She was recently awarded a 2005 Individual Creative Artists Fellowship by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. She is represented by the Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia, PA. Lindsay’s work has been featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine and on the pages of American Craft Magazine, FiberArts and Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot Magazine and Surface Design Journal as well as numerous other publications.