There’s nothing like a 60th birthday
to bring everyone together. Siu Ming turned 60 a little while ago, and Annie was in on the surprise to have a photography session on the day. Tiffany and her hubby George came up from Melbourne, and Tim flew in from Hong Kong. I love it when people think well now we’re having an important family occasion, let’s get a photographer in.
“I am interested in a family portrait for Saturday 28th August. Do you have availability and what are your fees?”
This was the email enquiry I received from Tiffany, online, from Melbourne, about a week before the event. Normally I would have the decision makers in for a consultation to discuss their photography, why they want the photos and what they hope to get out of it. Tiffany and I had a chat on the phone and she told me she wanted a 12×18″ family portrait for her parent’s wall. I thought, well, OK, this person doesn’t have a lot of time or capacity to shop around and she’s after a conventional family portrait. I would like to shoot it, so I’ll keep it straightforward and make sure I meet her expectations for a family group portrait…and then I’ll add in a few BJP sneaky sideways shots and see if they like them. If they do, that’ll be a bonus. It all worked out beautifully, they took a boxed keepsake set of ten prints, a calendar and a 12×18″ canvas of the first colour image in this set you see here. They loved them!
Being the sticky beak that I am,
I always like to know the story of a family. It helps me work out how I’m going to undertake the photo session. Due to political unrest in the mid-1980’s in Hong Kong, Annie and Siu Ming migrated to Australia. They’ve been here ever since. I find it fascinating to think that a couple of decades on, their grown son Tim now lives back in Hong Kong and is pursuing his career there. How times can change.
I give people the experience
of being together, and then they buy the pictures that documented their memories. As Siu Ming said, I sell family memories. He said to me, with a big smile, that the photography experience itself was a part of his special day. That was a real compliment to me and that’s what makes my job worth doing. Turns out I exceeded Tiffany’s expectations for a ‘family portrait’. The Tams ended up with their special family occasion documented for the future.
Do you have
a special family occasion coming up? A family reunion? A milestone in your life? Christmas is a time for family, that’s a pretty special time of year. If you haven’t thought of it before, maybe now is the time to document something of your family life in 2010. To find out more on how it works and to get started, please call me on 0450 692 599.
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