Plan for success

Having a family portrait created is something people do not do often. Accordingly most people do not know very much about photography, so they shop based on what they know and that is price.  As a parent that has to live within a budget I understand that.

As a professional portrait photographer I am concerned because their is a huge difference in knowledge, experience, and artistic ability between a professional that charges what they are worth, and a newer younger, less experienced shooter who is willing to charge a lot less.

It seems people hire a photographer when they have a need for a portrait much like  when a Dr. is hired because of a medical problem.   There are general Dr.s and specialists and depending upon the need is the type of Dr that is hired.

Since people do not have portraits created often, it makes sense that when they do they should do it to the best of their ability.  There is nothing worse than paying for a service and not getting what you want. Unfortunately this happens in Maui, as people shop for photographers using price as their main consideration.

We are proud to offer all our clients a 100% WOW guarantee on all wall portraits on canvas or aluminum.  If the finished portrait arrives and you don’t react with a WOW, we will work on the portrait until you do.  In the unlikely event we can not get a WOW, all money for that portrait will be returned.

 

Maui Family Photographer – Sullivan Family

We had a fun time with Sullivan Family on Monday. 

The happy Sullivan Family :-)

Its all started from these two.

Family is one.  But, each individual make their own foot prints.

Shooting up to create nice portrait with heavy bang.  You know, it’s in style now…

Memories of fun vacation time in Maui.

A lot of laughter during this session.

They were so happy and could not stop jumping around.

After the session, lounging around enjoying the beautiful sunset.

It was so nice to meet you all, Sullivan Family!

 

Love,

 

Mieko

One of a kind books

In 2002, we started designing one of a kind books and have worked with many companies to print and bind them.  We found one in New York that runs a great operation and love selling their books with our photography.

Coffee table books are truly one of a kind pieces of family art.   Each page is designed with one goal to tell the story of your family. We do not use any software to make a book, just your photographs and our imagination.

 

If coming to Hawaii and want to learn about photography and go on an island tour check out Maui Photo Tours.   Looking for the perfect gift.

You dont always have to look at the camera

Looking at the lens and saying “cheese” in order to evoke a smile is not the status quo anymore.  Sure the pictures have their place but families today seem to want something that evokes some emotion and tell a story.

Family Fun

Walking towards the camera and away from the camera are very popular as each evokes a different emotional response.  Portraits like this include an element of interaction and animation & in the process capture each individuals expressions & emotion even if you cant see all the faces.

See more family portraits or scenic portraits.  Interested in seeing the island while learning how to take scenic and landscape photographs

 

Love is a measure of happiness and the glue that keeps families together and thriving

The wonderful thing about being part of a family is the love and relationships that exist amongst parents and children.   True things are not always perfect, and once in a while things can get hard, but the bottom  line is that being part of a family means your never alone and part of something bigger than yourself.

The day may come when you find yourself wondering why you care and do so much for family and they don’t seem to appreciate it.  If and when this seek out the family photos that are hidden in a closet somewhere.  Looking at these portraits created over time will make you smile and bring back all kinds of good memories.

If coming to Maui and interested in having portraits created check out this site.  IF looking for gifts for people from Maui, check out this site.

Anniversaries & reunions are the perfect time to have a family portrait made

A large percentage of our portrait business is made up of anniversaries and family reunions. We understand there a lot of logistics involved in getting multiple families together  and over the last 13 years have designed a three step process that takes into account the needs of the group as well as individual families within the group.

Daddy's girls are growing up

First is planning. Lets say we have a client whose parents are about to celebrate their 50th anniversary.  In this example lets imagine we have three siblings with their families in addition to the parents celebrating their 50th.  That means we really have four families.
Each family needs to be involved in the planning. This process takes time and energy, but pays off in the end because you determine what you want and establish the costs are so there are no surprises.
Most important  planning makes you look at your walls and think about sizes before the session.  Planning also lets us consider the clothing to be worn so the portrait completes the room rather than competes with the room.
It may be that one of your siblings recently had professional portraits done and is not interested in more of their family but is motivated to be part of the group image for your parents.  We do not want to pressure siblings into having portraits created.  Nor do we wish to take time away from members of your family that want to have portraits.  When planning is done well, we know what sub families want portraits and make time to do everything.
Will the siblings be hiring the photographer and providing the session and a modest wall portrait as a gift to the parents. Has a plan been devised.
The second step is to do what we planned.   We will meet on location and create the images discussed.
The third step is the image projection.  This is where famlies see the images for the first time and place thier order. We suggest large families stagger the times of the progjection so there are only two-three families in the projection room at time. We can show you the portraits at the sizes you planned for as well as any other size you might want to see.  We can also show different cropping .  This way you know what to expect when your order arrives.
Portrait Planning Worksheet
Name:__________________
Family Members:_______________________________________ Address:_________________________________________________________________
Phone:______________________ Email:____________________________________________
When was the last time you had a professional portrait made?
What did you do with the portraits?
What did you like or dislike about them? What would you do different?
What is the primary reason having a portrait created now?
How many people will be in your family portrait?
Please list everyones name and the kid’s ages.
How many portraits do you want? For example, do you need a portrait of the entire family, another with grandparents & grandkids, and a third of just the grandkids.
Do you want formal or casual portraits?
Do you envision portraits with peoples faces looking at camera, looking at baby, looking off camera, looking at each other. Please explain your vision.
Do you want a portrait that tells the story of living in Hawaii, or do you want portraits that focus more on the people less of the environment.
If you could go anywhere you wanted to make the portrait where would you go? Will you need duplicates of any images as gifts for family members?
Do you know where in your home the portraits will be displayed? Would the space complement a vertical or horizontal portrait?
Are you familiar with coffee table books, paintings, collages, canvas portraits, and Kodak Prints?
Do you have an established budget?
Have you thought about what to wear?
IF looking for a fun family activity on Maui consider Maui Photo Tours.  Learn photography while you see beautiful parts of the island.

A portrait should tell the story about the person in the photograph

In this image of Chef James, you see him in the garden on his knees  picking beets.  This speaks to the Chefs attitude toward cooking of going from the farm to the plate.  Use this as an example when photographing your family and tell a story with your photographs.

If coming to Maui, why not schedule your own location portrait session?