Today it seems that there are so many ways expecting mothers are being photographed. At Hill Photography, we believe in portraying elegance and beauty in a monther-to-be. We were recently commissioned to create a portrait for Amber Roberts during her pregnancy and I was very excited when she showed me the gown she was thinking of wearing! We had a beautiful day, a beautiful setting (a little chilly) and I loved the results.
Normally, this is where I share a recent portrait that I have fallen in love with or a story about a special portrait we've created. Today, I want to share a post from another professional photographer, Michele Celentano. Our beliefs concerning the printed portraits are the same. Please take a moment to read what she has to say.
I believe in photography - but more than that I believe in photographs. Printed photographs are tangible. We can hold on to them, pass them around, frame them and hang them on a wall. We can make albums to be treasured and looked through by children for years to come.
We can’t touch a file and the truth is we don’t know the longevity of a file or if we will even be able to find it someday. A digital file is a bit of a mystery - if it’s lost, where did it go. If a drive is damaged what happens to the files? How many people truly back up all their images?
What happened to disc cameras, eight track tapes, Walkman's and other technology we thought would last forever? What will our children be looking at in 20 or 30 years? Photographs are special - files are not!
I believe in printing my work professionally. I believe my work is more than a screen saver. Years of studying and perfecting my craft comes down to more than sending files via the internet.
The photographs I create for my clients are not only precious to my clients but they are precious to me. It is my work, a lifetime of work that deserves to be printed.
Photographs are passed on to children and grandchildren. Can you imagine a floppy disk, a DVD or a flash drive sitting in a frame representing your family portraits?
Like many photographers I have struggled with bending to the needs or wants of a clientele that is looking for files. But this is what I discovered over the last year - It makes me uncomfortable in the center of my gut to hand over digital files no matter the price. Clients have told me that the DVD is still sitting on a desk and they should have had me make the prints in the first place because they never have time to get to it.
I wonder about those files that were sold.... How were they printed? Did the client crop it too tight? Is the color correct? Did they attempt to alter the image? It troubles me because I put so much of myself into my work. And, I have to wonder... am I really acting as a professional and serving my client the best way I know how to by simply selling intangible files that may never be printed?
For some, it’s easy.... take some photos, edit them, burn them on a disk or flash-drive and make a few bucks. I don’t and can’t operate that way - I care too much about my work, my clients and future generations that might have no photographs because I wanted to make fast and easy money selling files.
I’m taking a stand! I am a photographer! I am without a doubt passionate about creating photographs - real pictures - printed on professional papers - and made into beautiful albums. I want your children, their children, my children and future grandchildren looking at and holding onto photographs not the latest greatest gadget.
It has taken deep soul searching, a lot of thought and time to define the value of my work. I am taking a stand against selling files and taking a strong stand for printing my photographs.
If being a business owner and photographer today means the current market will force me to sell files not photographs and to compromise my work and my values - well then, I’m out.
But, that won’t happen! I know it won’t because I know there are people and clients who value my work, understand and respect the value I have placed on my work and actually want photographs.
I am Michele Celentano , a professional photographer - I believe in and value photography and the images we leave for our children. My work and your portraits will be professionally printed to my standards, they will be available to frame and look at in albums...
The portraits I create for you will not become a part of your screen saver slide show. I have worked too hard and taken too much pride in my work for that to happen. I will not take the risk that in 20 years we will be a generation of lost photographs.
There I stand!
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My name is 30x40.
I realize it’s an odd name, but that’s what I go by.
I’m 18 years old.
I live in a home on a wall over a fireplace.
I’ve lived here all my life. And well, it’s been nice.
I live with a family--if you look at me, you’ll see them smiling back at you.
They’re pretty great.
Actually, they look a bit different now.
That little boy is a man and that little girl is a young woman.
But I remember when they weren’t.
And I help them remember, too.
When I think back to 18 years ago, a lot has happened.
I remember the day I was put in this frame and hung on the wall.
I became a part of the living room.
Through the years, the children would glance up at me
And see themselves surrounded by the people who love them most in the world
(That has got to be a great feeling)
I’m not sure their little minds could grasp it fully
But each time they looked at me, the idea that they were loved and part of a family and very important was embedded deeper into their subconscious.
Day after day, year after year, I reminded them of that fact
I slowly came to realize that was my purpose...to remind them of their importance.
As they played with their trucks and their dolls, and then, in later years, with their video games and their iPhones, I stood over them.
A constant steady reminder that they are part of this thing called “Family.”
That they matter in the world.
Over the years, others have come to join me
Even our little buddy, 11x14
We all work together to remind these children, this family, of what they mean to each other.
Soon, they will be gone, out, into the world.
By Lynn Cartia
Used by permission
As you can tell from her expression, this client loved the paintings of her twins that Connie just completed. What a great way to gear up for Mother's Day!
There's nothing like sleeping out under the stars! An image from Mr. Deacon's very first portrait session. Enjoy!