Mary Fish Arango
A good photograph is a combination of skill, patience, opportunity, and luck. A fair dose of skill will improve luck, for sure, but patience and opportunity take time. I shoot entirely digital and can experiment with different settings and different features without the fear of burning through rolls of film. The camera gives immediate feedback, and the memory card will hold more than 600 high resolution images without replacement.
The benefit of all of that is capturing just the right image. The cost is time and storage space on the computer. More images and more experimentation mean more time at the computer editing and previewing images, carefully selecting the very best and backing up images to at least two different kinds of storage.
Most of my images are from available light or stage lighting (in the case of dance and drama). A session in the late afternoon works best for the beach or a park, for the angle of the sun creates highlights in the subject's eyes and is less likely to create harsh shadows. I photograph toddlers as they're learning to walk in the grass, mothers as they nurse their infants, dogs as they ride waves in at the beach. I photograph all kinds of sports, from lacrosse to calf-roping and dance to diving. I am available for candid portraits or a championship soccer game among eight year olds. My primary goal is to shoot photographs that clients wish they could capture and to occasionally see something that makes an unexpected remarkable image.
The cost of a photo shoot is determined on an individual basis, depending on time spent photographing, time spent processing, and size and number of prints. A good estimate is $160 per hour behind the camera and $160 per hour at the computer. The most important feature is setting up the session so you get exactly the photo you desire -- or better. In most cases, I burn a CD of high resolution digital images for the client's unlimited personal use. I can post galleries of sessions so that clients, friends, and family members can help with selections and celebrate the occasion.
For more information, call 805-570-8899.