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Anna and Clint Leighton loved their sunset portrait session at Swanbourne Beach.

It was a perfect evening. No wind and warm sand under foot. One year old Haydn enjoyed the attention as he was almost sent into orbit by dad. He just smiled and giggled his way through his first photo session with Perth family photographer, Geoff Fisher.

Seeing Haydn flying so high was most scary for the photographer, as mum dad and son simply enjoyed the moment.

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Reflections on a Family Portrait session with Geoff Fisher

By Ken Spillman

 

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If you’ve ever had a photo session with Geoff Fisher, you would remember the experience well. You may struggle to understand how Geoff was able to capture something extraordinary on what seemed an unremarkable day, but you’d remember it. And if you’ve never had such a session, I just say this: you should!

 

Geoff Fisher’s photography hangs on thousands of walls in Perth’s homes. His family portraits are not so much photographs as works of art, each one perfect in its own way, a unique interplay of light, shade, colour and composition. They’re the ones that make people say more than just, ‘Oh, nice’. They make people linger and say, ‘Wow, amazing!’.

 

My own recent experience began after Sami and I became worried that our youngest child—my only daughter—might one day accuse her parents of neglect. Having 4 older brothers (all but one grown up), Uma would be sure to compare her photo album with theirs. At the age of 3, Uma is, well, kind of feisty. I could truly imagine her freaking out at 13: “How come you got professional shots of them but not me! Wasn’t I cute?”

 

We needed to capture her very real cuteness, pronto. But Sami and I then decided that we should include our son Zak in the photo shoot. He was almost 10, and growing up fast. He’s a really loving big brother to Uma, and there was an opportunity to have them professionally photographed together. That’s when we talked to Geoff, and he explained that the kids might one day appreciate having their parents appear in a few of the shots as well. Sami and I were both a bit bashful about this, but we could see his point so the place, date and time were agreed.

 

Come the day in question, Zak was in fine fettle but Uma was tired and emotional after a hard day at the coalface (i.e. daycare). On the way to Cottesloe Beach to meet Geoff, we wondered whether he’d be able to coax anything resembling a smile from her—she’s a girl with a mind of her own, let me tell you! We needn’t have worried. We all had a fun time as Geoff’s infectious enthusiasm and passion for the perfect shot took over. And who had the most fun? Uma, that’s who. We drove home elated, not knowing that the best part was still to come: an opportunity to go through a selection of the best shots in a cinema-type setting.

 

This was where astonishment kicked in. Okay, we knew Geoff’s reputation, so we knew he must have clicked a few good shots for us. But looking through the range of images he was able to showcase, Sami and I were gobsmacked. Geoff hadn’t done any fancy processing yet—no special effects—but the images were stunning. He had photographed us on a very ordinary day in a very familiar place and somehow created art. More than that, he had produced images that reflected relationships and emotions: a mother’s love, Zak mirroring my body language, Uma’s joy and oneness with nature, Zak’s pride in Uma, and so on. It was magical taking all this in. We made our selections, and are completely happy with them. To be able to hang images that express so much that is deep and personal is very special indeed.

 

So, that’s what it was like for us. How will it be for you? Wonderful—believe me. Yes, you’ll have a few doubts and self-doubts, and on the day you might still be wondering if it’s all going to work out. My advice is simple: have confidence in Geoff. He’ll get it just right, in a way you cannot foresee. That’s his art, that’s his talent—and his experience doesn’t hurt either!

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Geoff, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for a wonderful (fantastic) photo shoot with my family today. It has been over 12 years since you last took our first family photos. They have been proudly on our walls all that time. And today… you’ve done it again. We had a marvellous time with you and your team this morning.All day I have been thinking about the wonderful shots you showed me. The Father and Son shot of James and I, the guitar shots and the wonderful shots of the 3 children (now adults) and especially the great family shots of all 5 of us. You are a magician. You make us feel so comfortable and you come up with fantastic, creative ideas.The kids were having fun and again you captured magical memories which is your specialty. Priceless! Every Western Suburbs family needs a ‘Geoff Fisher’ family memory on their walls.
Kindest regards, Leigh and Catherine Farnell.

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Mother & Sons at Fisher Photography Perth

What Does Every Mum Really Want?

It’s nearly always mum wanting family portraits because she cares about memories and loves Fisher Photography.

Do Something To Celebrate ‘Mum’

Getting mum to the studio doesn’t have to be a surprise. But she will be surprised about how much fun it can be. And it will be a surprise if the ‘kids’ get together to organise it. And don’t be surprised if she tears up when she looks at the photo on the wall. Its emotional stuff-that’s no surprise.

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We at Fisher Photography have been in the business of professional photography and have made our home in Perth for over 35 years. As such, we know more than most people just how important and precious these kinds of photographs are to families, couples and individuals.

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So what exactly is it about photographs that makes them so special? Why is it so important to invest in professional ones rather than ones you take from your camera or cell phone at home?

When people spend time and share experiences together, they naturally forge memories of those times and experiences. Although that will live on in the memories of the individuals, people usually forget normal experiences, such as going to a party with friends, having a weekly family dinner, a weekend at the beach.

Photographs, by their nature, capture in print a moment in time. Every time a person sees a photograph, they remember the time when it was taken and relive the experience. Everyday events warrant everyday photos and help keep the memories alive.

However, special moments require special means of preservation; that is where professionally done photographs come into play.

While normal cameras are good for capturing general events for those special occasions in life, professional ones are a “must.” Weddings, milestone birthdays, the beginning of a new family and more, are all important events in peoples’ lives that are worth remembering in a special way. But it’s not ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ events that warrant professional photographs. Yearly family portraits or large corporate events are important, too.

Just what do you get when you sign up for a studio appointment and have your portraits professionally done?

A true professional photographer knows exactly what it takes to bring out the best in their clients and make them look and feel the best they can during the shoot. They know what clothes you should wear, what kind of makeup to put on, how to position or pose yourself, how the lighting affects your appearance, what kind of background you should use or where you should naturally take a photograph–and anything else necessary to make sure your photographs turn out perfectly.

An untrained cameraman can take all the pictures he or she would like, but the reality is that without a professional eye, your photos may incite memories but they won’t look nearly as great as they would. Those special moments in life are worth preserving in photographs that speak to the uniqueness of the occasion or of the significance of the subjects being taken.

Family portraits are a key example of this. A professional photographer can do everything in his or her power to make sure that everyone’s “good side” is showing and that the entire scene is precious. It looks so much better compared to a snapshot of the whole family in the backyard taken by cell phone, where the light often distorts the scene and anything random can happen. Professionals can turn a normal “family snap” to a piece of artwork.

Things like family portraits, couples pictures, maternity shoots and newborn stills signify something great in the lives of those being photographed. These images are then printed and framed–and even that is part of the artwork process.

Once a portrait is printed out, the framing that is used can decide how people who view it will perceive it. The wrong kind of frame can clash with the subjects or background in the picture and thereby make the whole image seem worse than it is. Frames, too, can speak to the significance of the photo. Giving a more ornate frame to a special photograph can make its meaning stand out even more.

Once the product is finished and brought home, it can be enjoyed by all those who look upon it. Families can view their bond of unity in a more physical way, couples can gaze upon their intimacy, and new parents can look in joy at the marvel they brought into the world.

Professional photographs are a type of artwork. When done correctly, they stand for great significance to be enjoyed by the whole family. More than that, children can grow up being proud of their family–and their children can see what came before them.

We take great pride in our work and guarantee that we will do the very best we can to make sure your special moments are captured perfectly, to be enjoyed for generations to come.

For more information and to schedule your own appointment with some of the first-rate professional photographers in the Perth area, call 9381 2233.

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