We have spent a lot of time doing maternity and baby photography in Perth, and we are firm believers that all women should have pictures taken while they are carrying a child. Over the years, we are often asked why to get maternity Woods_-080sepia 2(8x10)PINIMAGEphotos. Instead of answering the question with our opinions, we have decided to share the opinions of women who have had photos.

The Glow

If you are in your first pregnancy, you have probably noticed that your friends who are women 40 or older may have figured out you were pregnant before you did. While you may look in the mirror and see yourself as “gaining weight,” others look at you and see a beauty that is unique to a woman carrying a child. One hormone in particular, called relaxin, does exactly what it sounds like, and mellows your facial features. Savvy women can see this in other women. It makes for some of the most beautiful photographs you will ever take.

Your Belly is a Positive Instead of a Negative

In your normal state, if you look at your stomach and it protrudes, you probably berate yourself, or at least don’t like it. When you are pregnant, your belly is now beautiful, because it has a child in it. Because you are less self-conscious about your stomach sticking out, your insecurities disappear, and you exude confidence. This also makes for great photos.

Thanks for the Memories

It is like this with all photos, but especially when you are pregnant: you are preserving a very special memory, and you are preserving it for a lifetime. Also, when your child is an adult, you have no idea how much you will both enjoy looking at photos of you carrying him or her.

Fun, Fun, Fun

Maybe it’s the hormones. Maybe it’s the occasion. Maybe it’s because of all the beauty we are bringing to the surface. Whatever it is, pregnancy shoots are some of our most fun sessions, for mother and for the photographer. We are so used to having fun on pregnancy sessions that it has become second nature and something we expect.

Part 2 is coming next week. To find out more on our photography services in Perth, call Geoff Fisher at 0414 644071.

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Last week, we explained how our more than 30 years of experience as Perth photographers has Creative-PregnancyPINIMAGEgiven us a great appreciation and love for taking pregnancy photos. We gave a few reasons that people who have had maternity photos taken like them so much. Here are a few more reasons to have maternity photos taken.

Creativity

Whether this is your first child, your last, or anywhere in between, it is your special time. That means that, within the bounds of taste, you can do what you want. We recommend that you go to Google images and enter “pregnancy photos”. You will find plenty of different shots. Some will be posed, and some will be of a more candid style.

Whatever you prefer, show us. We also have permission to use quite a few of our photos, and you may find some poses you like there, too. We can do sessions at the beach, your house, our studio, a spa, in nature, or in a posh hotel room. We also recommend that you be sure to include your husband, because there is a purity in the love between husband and wife in pregnancy photos that cannot be duplicated further down the road. This leads to the next reason:

The Sacred Bond

As we mentioned earlier on, the bond between husband and wife is incredibly strong during pregnancy photo sessions. We have seen many a man let go with tears during these sessions. This bond is so strong and so sacred that words can’t do it justice. However, photographs can. This also holds true for siblings. A photo of a child hugging his or her unborn sibling is extremely powerful, and accelerates the bonding process.

You Get So Much for your Money from a Professional Photographer 

If you have a friend who takes photos with even a nice digital camera, it just isn’t the same. We know how to elicit and capture the absolute best from you, and preserve it for a lifetime. It doesn’t feel like any effort on your part, because we make it so much fun. And the great looking pictures you get are well worth the small amount you spend.

Carpe Diem

Seize the moment, because it is gone before you know it. Call (08) 6468 5961 today.

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So, when a photographer in Perth needs a picture taken of his own family, and he wants to be Geoff Fisher family 1993 7x5inPINIMAGEincluded in the photo, who does he get to do it? He hires a professional colleague.

I was going through our family archive, and found an old family photo from 20 years ago. For a moment, I forgot that I am a professional photographer. I was a human being looking at a picture of myself and my family at a time when things were totally different than they are now. My eyes began to mist over a bit, and I realised that what applies for everyone else applies to me, too. This day at the beach was a singular moment, frozen in time, and it can never, ever be repeated.

The photograph took me back to 1993. I could smell the beach air; for some reason, it seems like it was fresher back then. I could remember when I was still a fairly young father, and I was only 15 years into my career as a photographer in Perth. A time when, even though I was working hard, time just seemed to go by slowly, as though we would always have all of the time in the world to enjoy life.

Things were less complicated then; there wasn’t even an Internet for most of us yet, because there was no flat monthly service. Smartphones were “dumb phones,” in huge, clunky boxes, and there were no tablet computers. My kids were living at home, and we had a beautiful family dog named Bach. I even had some hair at that point.

Now, it’s twenty years later. Time seems to be going twice as fast as it did back then. The kids have their own homes now. Bach is in that great dog kennel in the sky. We have a computer, a tablet, and a smartphone, along with our own website. My hair, however, is long gone.

It got me to thinking: what is life going to be like in another 20 years? And it made me remember that it’s time for another set of photos.

It’s never too early to preserve your cherished memories. Call (08) 6468 5961 and start saving memories today.

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One of the most fun aspects of our years spent doing baby photography in Perth is the sheer, Little-Girl-CrawlingPINIMAGEunbridled emotion that is involved. The expression “innocent as a baby” is no accident. Babies are too young to be self-conscious. Consequently, they are totally honest, and their emotions are on full display.

This is great for baby photo sessions. While it often takes a long time to make an adult comfortable in front of a camera, the baby doesn’t even know what a camera is yet, and always has a natural, “organic” look on his or her face. We recommend taking baby shots at monthly intervals, including newborn. Here are some tips for great photos at a few crucial junctures.

Remember, though, the most important tip is to hire an experienced professional photographer. We know how to get the best photos at the best times.

Newborn

Newborns sleep a lot, but they are processing a lot when they open their eyes. They are seeing the world for the first time, and they are totally dependent on their mother. This is a beautiful time to take some of the most pure photographs you will ever take. We like to photograph the baby being held by the mother if possible.

One Month

The baby is more alert, and is at ease with both parents. This is a great time to get posed shots using the parents as cushions. Awake or asleep, this is a fun time.

Three Months

Your baby will start to show a bit of personality in his or her face at three months, and you will see the beginnings of facial expressions. The best results are when the parent holds the child and waits for some kind of movement or expression to surface.

Five Months

Your baby can sit up now, and is developing a bit more personality. There will be more variance in facial expressions, and priceless photos can be taken at this juncture.

One Year

This is where the baby’s personality starts to shine. There is a very popular baby photo called the “cake smash,” in which you give the child a cake with frosting on it, and let them go wild on it. Highly recommended.

Call (08) 6468 5961 to learn more.

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Besides family photography, we also do corporate photography for many Perth businesses. While most of the same traits that make a professional photographer great for studio photography also translate well to corporate photography, there is a certain mindset that one must take to a corporate job, especially if it is executed at their place of business. Here are twelve traits of a professional that are essential for success in corporate photography.

Respect the Client

A professional photographer shows an attitude of respect for all clients and their desired end results. In any profession especially photography, if you want to get respect, you have to give it first. No exceptions.

Come in Under Budget

Large corporations are where they are now because they know how to budget time and money. A professional photographer works with the client to achieve the desired end results without going over budget. If they don’t, their reputation can be shredded by negative word-of-mouth feedback between and among executives.

Do what you Say, Say what you Mean

A true professional must deliver the product they promise to the client in the amount of time they told that client they would deliver. Also, they must demonstrate that they understand and respect their client’s critical needs. The surest future for photographers who provide positive, memorable experience and memorable results is a growing supply of clients.

Make the Client’s Life Easier

Nobody likes a diva. It’s not about the photographer’s needs; it’s about the client’s needs. A photographer who makes it easy for clients–from the beginning to the end–helps enrich the lives of their clients. That is when synergy happens.

Creativity

Any project is going to have challenges and problems. Professional photographers react to problems by finding creative solutions. We live by an old saying: “If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem.”

Appropriate Response to Criticism

A professional cannot ever take criticism personally. It is their job to listen, adjust, and complete the job in an efficient manner. Clients are often a professional photographer’s best teachers; all one has to do is be receptive.

Remember the Dinosaur

Dinosaurs died off because they couldn’t adjust to change. As a professional, photographers must be able to adjust to change. To quote François, duc de La Rochefoucauld, a French writer and nobleman from the 17th century, “The only thing constant in life is change.” It works that way in professional photography, too.

Speaking of Consistency

While adapting to change, a professional must provide a consistent product. In addition, the professional must negotiate, present, invoice and execute. Then the professional must follow through to the very end and ensure that the product which was agreed upon has been delivered in the proper timeframe.

Promises, Promises

A professional never promises more than he/she can deliver. Whether its time, product or quality, a professional can’t afford to give inaccurate estimates.

Research

A professional researches the client’s company before setting foot on its property. It doesn’t seem necessary to some, but that kind of attention to detail is what separates true professionals from pretenders. Research can allow the professional to approach the client with great ideas about how to present their corporate vision and mission. Once again, the distinction is subtle but it can make a big difference.

Composure

We touched on this briefly earlier, but a professional photographer has to be able to “keep their cool” in the middle of chaos. When working with human beings, things are going to happen. Schedules may go awry; three people will show up at once, demanding their turn “right now.”

A true professional is able to calm the storm and keep his/her composure. The best role model for this would be a jet pilot’s monologues at the beginning and end of passenger flights.

Putting it all Together

The bottom line here is that whether one wants family photography, corporate photography, or portrait photography right here in our Perth studio, it pays to hire an experienced professional. We listed traits that are non-negotiable in our business, and we feel that all are essential to providing professional service and consistent results.

We train our staff in these fundamentals and it has paid off for us in a thriving business. When you hire Fisher Photography, you can count on professional, consistent results. You can count on experienced professionals who spare no effort to get every detail right. Most of all, you can count on our photographers to care about your company and its mission.

In an age where too many amateurs call themselves “professionals,” it pays to hire a firm with an established track record. Call (08) 6468 5961 today.

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