"I only need one photo"

The constantly changing photo display in our living room... one photo would never be enough!

The constantly changing photo display in our living room... one photo would never be enough!

I hear this often from people when they come to me inquiring about photos for their family. In fact I hear it often enough that I started to think about why.  

When has anyone ever needed only ONE photo?

Even if you only ever went to Walmart or (in the past) Sears Portrait Studios, you would have more than one photo taken. Heck, even your child’s school photos have more than one pose. And it was rare that anyone left with “only one photo”. In any traditional  session, there will be multiple poses, multiple backgrounds/props, and even potentially multiple outfits. It made me really question where this “I only need one photo” thing came from, until I realized that what people say and what they mean can be two different thing... what if what they really mean is they want to see one photo that shows them at their best? One photo that they’ll absolutely love? One photo that they can’t leave without purchasing? It seems clear that people don’t want to feel like they’re being pressured to buy things they didn’t originally go in wanting.

Your family is multi-faceted, there are countless levels of connection between you, and there is no way to capture all of the nuances and the essence of your life together in a single image. This is why I truly believe that documentary photography is the best way to capture your family at its most authentic. When you book with me, you can be assured that you will see photos that will make you smile, make you laugh, and maybe even make you cry. You see all the ways that your family connects with each other. You will see yourselves in a way that maybe you’ve never seen before.

Which leads me to the second concern… that you will be pressured to buy something you don’t want. I will never pressure you to buy anything. If you don’t love the images, you don’t need to buy any of them. And if you really only want “one photo”, that’s all you ever need to purchase.

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