A Picture On Your Page {Photographers Education, Life Prints Portrait Design}

Posted on March 9, 2011. Filed under: Articles, Education, For Photographers | Tags: , , , , |

I was inspired yesterday by a fellow blogger/photographers post regarding going in front of the lens to have her own portrait done.  So I thought I’d share a little pet peeve of mine that I talk about in my workshops for photographers.

Why don’t photographers put a picture of themselves on their own website?  Seriously!

We who are people photographers are dependant on people valuing… photography.  We ask them to hire us and pay us money to take their pictures.  We want them to buy prints from us to display in their homes, offices, purses and wallets.  It is implied by the very nature of our jobs as photographers that we value the power of pictures.  So what does it say to a potential client who goes to your website, looks on your about or bio page and finds no picture of the photographer?

What they find instead is a bunch a text about the photographer or the studio.  They may even see a picture… of somebody the photographer has photographed.  Cute as that person and their adorable little kid is, it’s still not the photographer.

I don’t get it.  I really don’t.  Okay, I understand all of the “reasons” we can come up with to not get this done… “I don’t have anybody to take MY picture”, “I’m a photographer.  I’m more comfortable behind the camera instead of in front of it”, “I’m trying to lose weight first”… really?

So here’s the two reasons I think it is really, really important for photographers to have their own picture on their website:

  1. We believe in photography.  We don’t just love taking pictures, we understand why pictures are important for people in their lives.  Because of that, we lead by example and show potential clients what we want them to do.
  2. A picture is worth a thousand words… literally.  You can have all the text in the world on your bio page but if you put your picture on there, you let potential clients get to know you.  They are going to take that first step towards feeling like they know you. As portrait and wedding photographers, an important part of our success is building relationships with clients and potential clients.  They need to trust us and they start that process with the information they get about us… and a picture tells them a whole bunch about who this person is on this anonymous website they’ve just navigated to.
  3. We need to understand how our clients feel in front of the camera.  We’re no more perfect than they are in terms of how we feel about ourselves and they need to see us putting ourselves out there like we are asking them to do.  That way, you can honestly say you know how they feel when it comes time to overcoming objections to why now isn’t a good time to get their pictures done.

So there you have it!  Photographers, go find a photographer friend to do your business portrait for you.  If you don’t have a photographer friend, go find one.  Look up some photographers in your area and call or email them and propose a portrait session swap to do each others portraits.  Don’t wait until you’re the perfect weight or feel great about your hair, skin, smile, nose, butt, thighs… whatever!  It will never be the perfect time….

I take that back.  NOW is the perfect time… go get it done and let your personality shine through!!

P.S.  If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area I am going to be doing a workshop on business basics for photographers and one of the things we’re going to do is business portraits for each other!  I’ll be putting some info on here soon about the dates for the workshops.

Take care everyone!


    Lora Phillippi_photographer_portland oregon

Childrens photography_portland oregonCome visit us at www.lifeprintsportrait.com

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On the Good Ship Lollipop… Addie {Children’s Photography, Life Prints Portrait Design}

Posted on February 12, 2011. Filed under: Childrens Portraits, Image Posts | Tags: , , , , |

I lOVE these curls!  Addie totally reminds me of a little Shirley Temple… right?!  She was just too darn cute.  Her moms tell me the’ve never had pictures done of her where they could get real smiles, but we sure didn’t have any problem with that this day.

Remember to become a fan by liking us on Facebook and we’ll send you a $50 gift certificate!  http://www.facebook.com/lifeprints

And come visit us at our main site too!  http://www.lifeprintsportrait.com

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Amy & her Nieces {Family Photography, Life Prints Portrait Design}

Posted on January 31, 2011. Filed under: Family Portraits, Image Posts | Tags: , , , |

So my best friend Amy asked me if she could bring her nieces into the studio during their Christmas trip here from California.  She wanted to do a special wall portrait as a gift for her sister, the girls mom.  I said “Sure!  Just be prepared to be in some of them.”  She didn’t believe me.. but I won!  (Thanks for playing Sparky!)  So here’s my best friend Amy and her two gorgeous nieces… oh, and of course we couldn’t leave out my little buddy Sabastian!

Don’t forget to like our Life Prints page on Facebook so that we can send you a $50 gift certificate!  http://www.facebook.com/lifeprints

And come check out the main website too!  www.lifeprintsportrait.com

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