I could now, like many colleagues, quip how great I am and that only my pictures are a little useful —- nonsense ;-) . Besides, this is not my way of behaving as if I were the greatest place deer.
What I’m explaining to you here is what we do differently from other colleagues, which sets us apart in the crowd. Whether I’m great, I leave it entirely to your opinion. Because art is a matter of taste, one likes it, the 2nd finds it super strong and the third says what a crap.
The top priority in your choice of photographer: You must like what he/she presents in works. If its style doesn’t suit your taste, the highly decorated photographer can’t satisfy you as it’s just not your taste/style.
I learned in the analogue time what it means to photograph, to shape the light, that I can make someone appear very different through light and shadow. For me, there is nothing worse than boring light! And that photography does not mean flat light, nice filters over and off to the customer.
This is a “nogo” for me. Of course, we use Photoshop and Co, but the image has to fit when taking pictures, we naturally use digital tools to retouch skin, just as brushes and glaze colors used in high-quality photography used to create great portraits. Even then, high-quality photos were already “cheated” ;-)
I also don’t have a “F” scheme where I shoot all the photos the same, i photograph every customer the same. Instead, I perceive each customer personally, and so I try to work out his strengths and hide the small weaknesses. Of course in cooperation with your wishes. Benefits in the light, small imperfections prefer to leave in the shade, so everyone can get great photos.
Also, you will not experience that I show you 150 photos and then let you decide the choice of agony and imagine what the finished photo might look like. This is one of my tasks. Therefore, you will always get a selection (depending on your desire for photos) of finished photos. Photos that are optimally retouched. Redness & pimples do not belong in any photo. That means, for example, at a Newborn Shoot we work not only the 2-3h you see me, but for the most part 2 complete days on your photos. So that in the end you really get WOW photos that are allowed to scold professional photos.
And to have professional photos, which have been created with a lot of dedication and time, then to print cheaply, is in my view a crime. Here you have to work just as neatly and high-quality in the laboratory, so that you get really top quality in the end, which is also durable. That’s why we have been working with a specialist laboratory for years, where we are 100% convinced. But also from this point I find it difficult to publish high-resolution files in private photography, because usually these end up at Rossmann, DM & Co, precisely because it is cheap. I want to know that you get durable, photos with proper colors and contrasts. Just quality.
For example, newborn acne or scaly skin are a foreign word in our photos. And this style applies to all our shoots. Someone will always find themselves faster and cheaper. But cheaper and better?
Also, processing does not mean processing with us, a soft-drawer over and ready, making fast money and sniffing customers. No, not my way, I take every selected photo for about 20 – 30 minutes, sometimes a lot longer. The retouching takes place almost at pixel level, so that the structure of the skin is preserved and does not become muddy even with posters. Each pimple is fought individually. This means that if, for example, you are presented with 30 ready-made photos during a Newborn Shoot, we did about 15 hours of work that you didn’t even notice ;-)
If we take pictures, then honestly, e.g. high-speed photography, clearly I can make a 4K video and quickly select the photo I show on the web, so horny everyone will say, but if someone wants to have such a photo as a poster etc., it quickly becomes very thin. I do the work and if I need 50 – 100 attempts until the photo is the way I want, if I have to break 50 wine glasses, no matter, because in the end the photo can hang on the wall as an oversized picture with you.
I work for your photos and not for presenting beautiful, small photos on the web! Each photo is produced in such a way that you could make a big screen out of it.
Which may have become clearer, why a shoot is best still with high-resolution files, with us not for 29 € or so. Because even the work you don’t see, how to interpret and apply body language, develop light settings and much more. are many hours / days of the year, which are then reflected in your photos at the end.
Now it’s up to you whether you’re looking for a good, experienced, creative photographer or prefer to go to a low-cost chain where individual and high-quality retouching is a foreign word, or even worse to the photo chain, where every housewife gets a crash course and is let go of the customers. (By the way, there are also for newborn shoots in the hospital) ! Photography is so much more for me than just pressing the trigger and ironing a filter over it. Photography is creativity, learned craftsmanship & love for art.
Ps. : With learned craftsmanship, I don’t think it has to be a trained photographer, even a good hobby photographer has learned his craft! ;-)