To combine my affection for reading and photography, I felt that Simple Pictures are Best would be the best name for my photography. To take you back in time just a bit, which will also tell my age, as a small child I devotedly watched the television show ”Captain Kangaroo“ Sadly, I have yet to find where you can view full length re-runs but it left a lasting impression on me.
On each show, Captain Kangaroo would sit in his rocking chair and read a book. This is the first place I ever heard the book, “Simple Pictures are Best” by Nancy Willard. In a nutshell, a couple wants a photographer to take their picture, but can’t seem to make up their minds of what they want in the picture with them. In the end the very frustrated photographer snaps a shot of the couple with almost everything they own.
Back to today, when I take pictures, I feel exactly like the photographer from Nancy Willard’s book, that simple pictures ARE best. Sometimes you need a prop and sometimes you need some jazz but for the most part, simple pictures are best, and that is exactly how I take them. All photographs don’t necessarily have to be prim and proper, it is fun to throw a little crazy in there too. Sometimes, it is the ones where I say, “be silly”, that the true nature of especially children is captured, are the most memorable and bring the biggest smiles.
I have a passion for black and whites; I call these Sooty Alabasters, because they seem to give any photograph a timeless effect. Based on the background and the way your subject is dressed, a Sooty Alabaster photograph could have been taken today or 82 years ago. On the contrary, in the right setting Color photographs which I call Hues, can be as brilliant, just as breathtaking and beautiful.
I am a freelance photographer by nature, plainly put, it is something that just comes naturally to me. I am rarely without camera in tow and possess an appreciation for beauty inside and out and enjoy expressing myself behind a camera. I do my best work in comfortable natural settings, rather than in a studio with plain blue and black backdrops with trees painted on them. Real and natural is how the image comes through if that is how it is taken.
I create my photo shoots in many locations and for any occasion; in your home or in your yard, maybe you like your treehouse so much that you want photos taken there! Local parks, back road trails and areas of interest*, or anywhere of your choosing make wonderful backdrops. I do not limit the number of people in your photos or how many times you want to change your clothes for a different look. I am there to take your photographs for you.
My fee is as simple as the name, $75.00 which is commission for photographs taken within Gaston County at the single location of your choosing. Additional small fees may appy for out of county shoots, sessions exceeding 1.5 hours, multiple locations; for example, at your home and another venue and lastly, if your photo shoot location charges an admission fee; but, there are no hidden fees, everything discussed upfront. *Many areas of interest charge admission fees, which are not covered in the photography fee.
When you have decided there is no other possible shot or pose you would like to have, we will close the shoot. I will take my leave and begin the assignment of sorting through your precious images, editing and categorizing them so that you can review them by how they were taken. Any shot that is not as it should be will be discarded and the rest will be burned onto a CD for you.
I will personally deliver your CD of photographs to you for you to sort though and print at your leisure at the processing location of your choosing. I would like your permission to use a few of the images on my site to promote my work, but that is completely your decision. In addition to simple; Classy pictures are also best so I refrain from any type of photography to be not in good taste.
Lastly, should you be pleased with my work, the best compliment you can give me is a referral to friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, or a stranger on the street.
You may contact me via email at email@example.com, via telephone @ 704.524.9160 or you may leave a reply in the below box with your inquiry and information and I will contact you within 24 hours.
Regards to you and yours,
Jennifer Wilcox ~ Simple Photographer