The best way to tell if you are about to hire the right photographer is to schedule a portrait consultation. If the photographer doesn't want to take the time to meet with you first, then you can be sure they won't spend the necessary time with you during your actual photography session. Typically this photographer will have a formulaic approach which dictates exactly how many poses and outfits you get and a time limit in which to accomplish this. This also means that there may be other people waiting their turn to be photographed which is why the time limit must be strictly adhered to. Aside from all of that, however, how does the consultation benefit you? If you've already booked your photographer, the consultation gives you the chance to meet with them first to discuss your vision for your portraits. If you haven't decided who will take your senior portraits, the consultation can confirm if this is the right photographer for you.
If you decide to schedule a consultation with Steadman Photography, here is what you can expect:
If you choose to work with us, you will leave the consultation feeling more relaxed now that you know what to expect, and your portrait session will become a much more personal experience. The results will be awesome pictures you will love and be proud to show others. They will be a beautiful reminder of this important time in your life. To schedule your free consultation, call us at (860) 793-1159.
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To celebrate the New Year and introduce a new product for 2015, Steadman Photography would like to give away an 11x14 metal print to someone we've photographed in 2014.
To help us decide which one of our amazing clients should win, please vote for your favorite photo by leaving a comment below telling us what you love about the image. Your comment should also identify the image by giving the name of the subject (so for example, "I love this portrait of Amy because her smile is so natural").
The subject of the photograph receiving the most comments will win the metal print of any image they choose from their 2014 session. It's perfectly o.k. to comment on your own photo, but only one comment from the same person will be counted for each image.
Voting ends at midnight EST on Monday, January 26, 2015. The winner will be announced on this blog within two weeks of the contest end date.
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR ORDERING SESSION
As the creator of your portraits, part of our job as photographers is to help you visualize how you will display and use your images. All of this comes together at the ordering session when we guide you through the process of selecting and ordering your beautiful portraits. The process works something like this:
It is here that we can really help you select the best images for the ways you plan to use them. For example, we can show you exactly how those images would look in a specific collage or folio layout by dropping them into premade templates. We can even show you what they would look like in different sizes hanging in a specific place in your home (just take a cell phone photo of your space in horizontal format, and send it to us by email prior to your session). You may discover that you love a wall grouping of several images in different sizes, or perhaps you prefer one large print over the fireplace.
We can offer suggestions that help you make a decision you're happy with!
We have samples of all the products we sell so you can compare sizes, finishes and other qualities that will help you make the right choice.
GET THE MOST FROM YOUR ORDERING SESSION BY COMING PREPARED
Know what you want to do with your portraits even before we take them! If you know how and where you will display your images, that helps us create the perfect images for you. Take a look at this post to get some ideas of how you can display your images! If you plan on displaying any images on your walls, measure the space before coming to the ordering session. For an even better idea of how your portrait will look, take a horizontal photo of the space (tape an 8x10 sheet of paper on the exact spot where you wish to hang your portraits), and email the photo to us prior to your ordering session.
If you are purchasing any photos as gifts, make a list of all the people you plan to give to. That way you won't leave anyone out!
Make sure you come with all the decision makers -- that means anyone whose input is needed when selecting the photos as well as those responsible for payment.
Remember that special packages, print credits and other discounts can only be used at this ordering session. Any orders on subsequent dates must be from the a la carte pricing menu.
Our pricing menu is available upon request and is a great resource for planning out your purchases.
A RECAP OF THE ORDERING SESSION'S BIGGEST BENEFIT TO YOU
To summarize, the ordering session is your opportunity to view your portraits while receiving our expertise in choosing your images and the products to display those images that will enhance your enjoyment of them for years to come.
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