Are you a proud dog owner? Chances are you have plenty of snapshots of your dog but not a professional photo. An art shot like this one doesn’t happen by accident. It takes the skill of a good professional.

Taking your ‘best friend’ to the beach for a photo session with Geoff Fisher is easy to organise and you will be thrilled with the results.

Early morning and sunset are the best times because the light is usually absolutely beautiful in that ‘golden hour.’

There are many ways you can pose your dog for an individual doggy portrait or a photo with the whole family. And as the years roll by, you will be so please with your stunning canvas, set in pride of place in your home – A reminder of the love of your ‘best friend.’

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PINIMAGESo How Much Do Photographs Cost?

Just because someone owns a camera doesn’t mean they know how to use it.

In the digital age, where anyone with an iPhone and a Facebook page can market himself or herself as a photographer, it is important to find a photographer that you can trust to capture your memories. After all, those precious moments disappear in a flash.

When considering a photographer, it is a good idea for you to find out about the photographer, their experience, reputation, and business policies.

Photographers’ prices tend to be based on an industry standard equivalent to their skill and experience.

Photography Techniques You May Not Know.

Good Professional photographers do a lot more than point and shoot, hoping to get a great image.

If you are looking for experts in the field of photography, they have the knowledge, expertise and equipment to produce high-quality images that produce creative, perfectly printed portraits.

General-use cameras continue to improve, and so does the equipment used by professionals.

If you want images to frame and put on your wall, quality albums or even digital files to do it all yourself, be aware that a professional-quality printing service can provide much better prints than those you might get at the local discount store.

Archival Photographs Or Digital Files?

Professional cameras produce images of much higher resolution than standard cameras, and professional lighting techniques, and understanding of light, can make the difference between a so-so image and an image that can “pop” off your wall.

Using more flattering angles and unique perspectives and settings, clearly separate “real” photographers apart from their amateur or part time counterparts.

Professional photographers use refined editing techniques to clear up imperfections and provide controlled contrast and colour balance.

Professional printing companies have the right equipment and correction services and supply a range of archival photography materials such as metallic and art papers, Italian canvas, acrylic, and more.

If your prints from a discount store fade over a short period of time, don’t be surprised, as only a professional photographer will supply you with your photographs on lifetime archival paper.


The Hidden Risk You Take

Good full time professional photographers have strong reputations, since what they do is both personal and creative, and image-based. Their work is easy to check out on their website or Facebook page, and look for a photographer that specialises in the particular genre that you want photographed.

Do your research to find a professional who works in the style you want for a price that you are willing to pay.

Set up a consultation appointment with those whose work seems to be what you like. Use this initial meeting to find out more about the photography experience, products and pricing.

When looking at the work, take note of the style and variety of images, and how that matches your personal preferences. Pay attention to poses, angles, lighting and other techniques.

Check a photographer’s Facebook reviews, references, and written testimonials.

Being a member of an organization like the Australian Institute of Professional Photography shows a level of commitment to grow a photography business and keep skills current.

The photographer is also bound by a set of professional rules of practice, a code of ethics, and adequate public liability insurance. The organization also certifies photographers, which involves submitting photos and reaching a certain high standard. It’s like the difference between being an accountant and a CPA.

How To Get The Best From Your Photography Session

You will find that most part time inexperienced photographers offer very little customer service, and so will put your images on an online gallery for you to make your selections. Obviously when they do this you will be unable to ask them any relevant questions about the images like cropping, removing unwanted facial blemishes, making the images black and white etc. Personal “one on one” purchasing sessions is the way that the better photographers will help, guide and advise you on getting the best from your images.

Most photographers charge a fee of around $95-$250 for the photography session, at their studio or at an outdoor location. Newborn sessions usually take a lot longer, so expect these fees to be higher.

Individual small print and digital file prices can vary from as little as $35 each for the part time hobbyist photographer to $195 and above for an experience award winning Master Photographer.

If you are looking for a photographer to produce stunning décor photographs for your wall to add that warm personal touch to your surroundings, choose a photographer who specialises in wall art, and shows examples on their website. Expect prices from $1,000 and upwards. It is common for some clients of the top photographers to spend upwards of $5,000 and more on photographs for their wall. Purchasing wall art is like buying furniture for your home. Quality always comes at a higher price.

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PINIMAGEIf you’ve tried and failed to make your own professional photo for web or office use, you will know it’s not as easy as it looks.

There are a few important considerations planning a professional photo.

Who will see it? What will it say about you?

When I consult with a prospective client, I imagine how their photo will be used and what mood they want to convey. Most people want to be taken seriously and look the part for their particular profession. But NOT ‘trying too hard’ and not ‘past their use by date.’

Consider what to wear that suits your profession. Look comfortable, relaxed and professional.

Many people request a little sculpturing of the face and body. We tend to joke about a ‘special deal on 5 kg this week’ and that helps lighten the mood. But jokes aside, we can make a few repairs and help with clever lighting and Photoshop.

As your professional photos will be seen by many people, you will want to feel confident knowing that they are the best you can get from someone who cares about how you look and feel about your public image.

(Geoff Fisher)

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Every Little girls wants to be a ballerina at some stage. Why not let them dance to the music? Having a permanent recording of this stage in their lives helps them remember as times change and they move on to other forms of self expression. This is how things look at our North Fremantle studio when Master Photographer Geoff Fisher turns on the spotlight.

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