5 Things To Know Before Choosing A Photographer For Your Children's Portrait

Don’t Make The Decision As To Who Will Photograph Your Child Until You Chat With Me.  There Are Things You’ll Want To Ask The Photographers...

    There’s no cost, and no obligation to just chat with me, and it will make the whole difference as to how great your portraits will look.  My studio number is:  516-674-0227

    Don’t worry.  I’m not going to try to “sell you” on working with me.  I’m already very busy, and I don’t need to pressure anyone to work with me as a photographer.  I’ll just talk to you about your portraits, and help you discover what your photographs could be like. 

    If you decide to have me create your portraits - great.  If not, no problem.

Pete    If you’re like most parents, when you first thought of having a portrait created of your child, you probably pictured in your mind a tiny studio, with a painted background, some bright lights, with your child sitting cross-legged on a stool looking nervous.  Maybe you even thought of a family member or friend of yours who fancies himself or herself as a “bit of a photography buff.”  Maybe you thought of having this person do a quick photograph of your child, and you’d call that good enough.  You’re not alone.  Most parents think this way at first....9413ksf

    ...but then, just like the other parents on this site, something made you decide to check out my website.  You probably saw some of the children’s photography I’ve created and said to yourself “that’s what I want.”  Maybe you realized that this portrait of your child is so important, you’re not going to trust it to just anyone.  Believe me, you’ve made the right choice.

There are  5 VITAL Things To Look For In 
Your Child’s Photographer
 The Secrets 99% Of All People In The World Don’t Know:

    By reading this far, you must at least be considering having a portrait of your child created.  Well, that’s great - you will probably never make a decision that will bring you more lasting joy.  However, there are some things you NEED to know before your son or daughter steps in front of any camera.  By the time you finish reading this webpage,  you will know everything you need to know about how to have the perfect portrait of your child created - the one you will cherish forever!

    There are 5 VITAL things you must look for in a photographer!  If your photographer is missing any one of these things, your child’s photographs will be much less than they should be. 

Demand that your photographer does each and every one of these things!

    You may feel like having a children’s portrait done is going to be a lot of work on your part.  Well, it isn’t!  As long as you know the information on this website, it won’t be any work at all on your part. 

                                                             ....So, let’s jump right in!

#1 Thing Your Photographer MUST DO:

Demand That Your Photographer GUARANTEE You Will Love Your Child’s Portraits.

    Most photographers WILL NOT DO THIS!  Just suppose you had a portrait created, and your son or daughter didn’t look natural in it.  The photograph was “ok,” but it didn’t turn out spectacular.  Should you have to pay for it?  ABSOLUTELY NOT!  I believe strongly that no one should ever have to pay for a photograph that isn’t PERFECT.  That’s why I am likely the only photographer on Long Island  to offer the following guarantee:

CHECK THIS OUT - A Guarantee Unlike Any You’ve Ever Heard:

If Your Child Doesn’t Look The Happiest & Best He Or She Has Ever Looked In These Photographs - If You Don’t Cry (tears of joy) When You Look At Them - You Don’t Pay Me For Them.

    That’s my guarantee and personal promise to you.  As far as I know, there’s no other photographer around that will make you this super of a guarantee.  These photographs will be completely meaningless to you unless they convey the real emotions and personality of your child.  That’s the only real reason to have a children’s portrait created.

    So, if FOR ANY REASON you feel that the photographs I create for you are anything less than perfect - if you don’t actually cry when I show them to you for the first time, you don’t pay me for them.  It’s that simple. 

    Obviously, I’m totally confident that the portraits I create for you will be well beyond anything you imagine.  I believe completely that these photographs will become your most prized possessions - that, if your house were on fire, you would grab them on the way out of your burning home.  This is not arrogance. I can’t stand arrogance.  No, this is a complete belief in my abilities to capture natural, real emotions from children in a portrait unlike anyone else.  That’s what I’ve devoted my life to, and that’s why I can’t wait to photograph your child for you.

So, To Restate, Here’s My Fantastic DOUBLE GUARANTEE:

If you are not THRILLED with your photographs - if you are dissatisfied for ANY reason at all, I will do two things for you:

1st - At NO CHARGE, I will photograph your child again, and make sure that anything that wasn’t perfect is fixed, without you paying another cent.

2nd - If I am absolutely unable to thrill you - if I’m unable to create a photograph that you feel you will cherish forever, I will refund EVERY PENNY you invested in them.  You don’t pay for your photographs unless you love them beyond expression!

If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer offers this strong of a guarantee. If they are professional and really good at what they do, they should back up their work by taking all the risk off of you.

#2 Thing Your Photographer MUST DO:

Meet Your Child, And Become His Or Her Friend - Ahead Of Time - BEFORE The Session.

     No child is going to look natural and vibrant in an image if they don’t know and trust the photographer.  That is just a plain FACT.  Plus, besides making the photographs turn out so much better, think of how much more fun your child is going to have during the session if the photographer has become his or her friend!  There’s absolutely NO REASON why your child shouldn’t enjoy having these portraits created.  In fact, if your child is NOT having fun, the photographs will not turn out well at all.

        THERE’S NO COST FOR THIS PRE-SESSION MEETING, and it will only take about 15 minutes, but by the time those fifteen minutes are up, you and your child will be so comfortable with me that when I do the actual session, the expressions will be perfect, natural, and priceless every time.

If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer will meet with you and your child ahead of time, and AT NO CHARGE. I can’t stress enough what a difference this will make!

#3 Thing Your Photographer MUST DO:

“Looking For George” - A Great Game To Help Your Child Feel Totally Comfortable, So He Or She Will Look Great.

    Now, this is something I can guarantee no other photographer does.  If you’re child is being photographed in the studio, this is a great way to make him or her totally comfortable - and to insure they have fun.

    You see, I have this wonderful, big, fluffy, warm, fuzzy, INVISIBLE puppy that lives in my studio.  Really, I do.  His name is George.  And he LOVES to play hide and seek with children.  When you and your child come to the studio for the session, I’ll immediately tell your child about George, and tell him or her to start looking for George.  It’s a wonderful game, and it puts them at ease right away.  You should see a child’s eyes light up when I tell them about this loving soft invisible puppy that’s running around my studio just waiting to be discovered.  Throughout the entire session, if your son or daughter isn’t really “getting into the spirit” of the photography, I’ll tell them I just saw George running through the camera room.  Immediately, their face will light up, and that’s when I snap the photograph.

    Okay, just between you and me, there’s no such thing as an invisible dog who plays hide and seek with children.  But, once again, the psychology of capturing your child’s unique personality in a portrait is what this game is all about.  There are variations on this idea, so be sure to ask any photographer you consider hiring how they work with the children.  That is even MORE important than the type of camera  they use!

If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer does something special to insure your child will have fun and give you great expressions to capture!

URGENT:::  MAJOR Myth, Mistake Or Misconception About Your Child’s Photography:
“There’s No Rush To Have A Portrait Of Your Child Created Right Now.”

    Before we continue with the 5 THINGS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER MUST DO, let’s talk about this for a moment.  So many people think they have all the time in the world to have a portrait of their child created. 

    But, you know how things are.  If you don’t pick up the phone right now, and at least call me to chat about your child’s portrait, you will probably get swamped with other things, and forget all about it.  Then, before you know it, a year - two years - five years have gone by.  How different will your son or daughter be by then?

    You see, time is ticking....  and it’s never going to stop.

First, Your Child Takes His or Her First Step.  Next, Learns To Ride A Bike.  Later, Gets A Driver’s License.  Graduates From High School.  Gets Married.  Starts A Family Of His or Her Own.

   These are precious times, and although things will change, this moment never has to slip from your fingers. 

    Don’t put this off.  You know how life is.  We put things off, and before we know it, everything has changed.  If your life is half as crazy as mine is, year after year you find yourself frustrated at the things you wanted to do, and never got done.  A portrait of your child - as he or she is right now - is something you deserve. 

     WHAT SHOULD YOU DO RIGHT THIS SECOND?  (and why?)

Pick up the phone, and call my studio.  The number is 516-674-0227

     Even if it’s after business hours, still call right now.  I’ve got an answering machine that is just waiting to cheerfully take your message, and I’ll personally call you back so we can chat.  Just let me know when is a good time to call you back.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to try to “pressure” you at all into working with me.  Plus, there’s no cost at all for us just to chat.

    When you call, we’ll chat briefly about the things you need to know.  I’ll tell you a bit about me.  I’ll answer all your questions about how to prepare for your child’s portrait - including things I don’t have time to put in this letter.  It won’t be a long call, but it will be one of the most important calls you make. 

#4 Thing Your Photographer MUST DO:

The Photographer MUST Allow At Least ONE HOUR To Photograph Your Child!!

    This is a biggie.  Most photographers are trying to crank so many sessions through in a day, they only have a short amount of time to photograph each subject.  Did you know that the average child photographer spends ONLY 12.5 MINUTES photographing a child?!  That’s insane!

    Fine children’s photography is like a great meal in a fine restaurant:  It CAN’T be rushed.  The photographer is like your personal chef, preparing the meal for you.  The photographer is going to have to “add all the right spices” into the photograph to make it just right.  This takes a bit of patience, and a lot of focus.  If your photographer knows that in about 15 minutes the next client is going to show up, you’re not going to get the attention you deserve.

    Now, it may not take the whole hour to photograph your child.  However, I ALWAYS set aside at least one hour for every child session I book.  I’ve done some sessions that only took about 20 minutes or so to get a number of stunning images, but the point is - it’s vital to leave that much time open.  Don’t let your photographer rush through this.  Remember, these are your memories, and it’s up to you to make sure your photographer realizes his or her responsibility to you and your child.

If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer spends AT LEAST ONE HOUR creating the perfect images for you - this cannot be rushed!


#5 Thing Your Photographer MUST DO:

Make Your Child Feel Totally Comfortable By Using A Favorite Stuffed Animal, Pet, or Toy.

    I love this part.  You see, this is a two-fold benefit here.  It’s going to make your child so much more comfortable, and at the same time, it’s going to add yet another level of personalization to the final photographs.  As you know, children love familiarity.  Nothing can calm them down like that “security blanket” they love to haul around the house, or that special beat-up raggedy old stuffed animal that Grandma gave them on their first birthday, or that cherished family pet that is like their best friend. 

    Imagine the wonderful photographs that will come from allowing your child to play with something that is so special to him or her.  Some of the most emotional and memorable portraits I’ve ever created involved a child playing with a toy or a pet or even a family music box.  We’ve all seen children almost seem to “slip into another world” when they play with certain things.  Those are the moments I  live for, and those are the moments I’m going to capture for you.

If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer incorporates your child’s favorite toy into the photographs!

Why Your Child’s Portrait Will Become More Valuable To You Than Anything Else In Your Home:

    Do you have a photograph of your child that, if you were running from your burning home, would be the one thing you save (other than your family members, of course) on the way out?   I only ask that because I actually had a client whose house was burning, and on her way out she actually grabbed her photo albums containing the photographs of her wedding that I’d created for her!  Can you believe that?  That’s how important those photographs were to her.

    Do you have a photograph of your child that means that much to you?  Now, I’m not talking about a “snapshot” that was taken during a family outing on the Fourth Of July.  I’m talking about a wonderful photograph, created by an artistic  photographer, that not only captures your child’s true expressions and personality, but also does so in a way that you’d be proud to display in your home for the rest of your life.

It’s Not Too Late.  This Moment, Right Now, Can Be Held Onto For The Rest Of Your Life - For You To Share With Family And Friends.

    You don’t have to make a big decision right now.  You don’t have to choose your photographer - you don’t even have to decide that now is the time for your child’s portrait.  Just take one small step toward holding onto your child’s happiest moments RIGHT NOW. 

    You can call any time.  If I don’t answer, just leave your name and number at the beep, and I’ll call you back.  If you’re thinking of this photograph as a GIFT FOR SOMEONE, let me know, so when I call back, I only ask for you, and don’t spoil the surprise!

Once again, the direct phone number to my studio is 516-674-0227.

The Perfect Portrait Of Your Child Is Only One Phone Call Away...

      Make the call now.  It will be a call you will be glad you made for the rest of your life.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Peter M. Budraitis
Photographer

 

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How can we hold onto those fleeting moments in our lives? Hold onto the moments that otherwise evaporate into the forgotten past? Or moments that become faded and morphed into our own version of reality as they sit in the corners of our memories, losing their truth and shifting focus? The only way to hold onto these moments and share them for years to come, in all their beauty and truth and glorious imperfections, without losing accuracy is through a photograph.

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