Now that family photography is dominated by color lifestyle photography, black and white photography, and black and white film photography, has started to become unique and special. I like that. I like that I am still offering film. I like that my 20 years of training and expertise has to be distilled into one, two or three rolls of film. I have to get it right. I can’t put the camera on auto and just click away. I have to know what I am doing. I have trained to anticipate the image and the moment. A specialist processes my film; an artist who has trained for years to perfect her craft, creates my prints which are retouched by a master using a real brush and special dyes that he creates. These prints are museum quality and will last for a very very long time. Although not everyone appreciates this in today’s digital world, I do and my clients who find me through many avenues definitely do.
When I do a proof edit with a client, we sit and look at images together. It comes with your session. It means that I can actually show you what I see and see what you like. Sometimes, I see things in my final images that I didn’t see when I was creating them. And sometimes, clients see things in the images that I don’t see. Usually I am teaching the clients what I like, what I see, how to put prints together to tell a story, how to crop images to make them stronger. It is an education and they love it. Occasionally a client comes along with a beautiful vision and sees their images in a way that I didn’t see. That is like a breath of fresh air for me. This happened when working with a San Francisco family.
Many of these triptychs I would have come up with. But several were all Christy and I love them and they work. And after 15 years of doing San Francisco family photography, I love saying that I saw something that I wouldn’t have seen. And I love that!