Why We're Different!
It starts with a search for "photography near me" that leads to a load of very confusing results! Comparing professional photographers is a daunting enough task, but did you know that many of them aren't even actual professionals? Now, THAT'S scary! So, let us put your mind at ease and explain what makes us different, and why our clients trust us with their most precious memories. These are the 7 things make us stand out from the crowd with a reputation for excellence...
1. Our high quality professional images clearly speak for themselves. That same fine quality continues in our gorgeous array of products, from framed portraiture, stunning Italian leather albums, to loose gift prints to share with your family.
2. We eliminate the stress for you by guiding you through our simple, easy, fun steps! Our complimentary Pre-Session consultation will help you plan your wardrobe and provide other helpful hints for a great photoshoot. During your session we guide you through the beautiful poses that make you look your best. At your Image Selection Appointment, you'll laugh and cry tears of joy, as you view a lovely slideshow of your session images. You'll have fun using our “star-rating” system that makes it really easy to narrow down your favorites, and then we'll help you choose the products that most enhance them. Very simple! You'll never be left to fend for yourself, overwhelmed by hundreds of snapshots on a disk, with no clue how to proceed. We want you to enjoy beautiful portraits on your wall, not be stuck with a disk of snapshots in a junk drawer. The fact is that 95% of people who buy digital, never print! That's why we have a whole generation who has reached adulthood with NO images of their childhood. Our Ready-to-Hang Portraiture saves you and your family from that heartbreak.
3. Approximately 25 hours of work goes into your job, from start to finish. This is NOT a load of amateur snapshots burned to disk same day. We carefully cull the outtakes and duplicates, leaving a set of the best of each pose. These “Artist's Selects” are lovingly edited, retouched, and artistically enhanced by Jo Anne herself, to create individual works of art. There is no automatic “batch editing” nor outsourcing overseas. Jo Anne also creates every album page as a unique piece, never using templates nor automatic layout software. Each page is created from scratch, specifically for your precious images that will adorn it.
4. Are you camera-shy, or think you're not photogenic? Jo Anne has an amazing gift of being able to make people feel comfortable in front of the camera, allowing your inner beauty to shine through. It's her aim to create the most beautiful images you've ever seen of yourself and your loved ones. You'll be amazed by how easy it is and how natural you'll feel... you're actually going to have fun!
5. Our clients' heartfelt testimonials can be found on each page throughout our website. We are so proud of our rave reviews. Its a profoundly amazing feeling to hear what we set out to do, reflected back to us in the words of our clients. It satisfies the Soul!
6. “If you're not growing, your dying.” That's why Jo Anne is constantly investing in educating and improving herself personally and professionally, through workshops, webinars, books, magazines, educational forums, and professional organizations, as well as doing experimental sessions and practicing new techniques. She has studied under some of the most noted photographers in the world!
7. Defining Imagery, LLC is a fully licensed, insured, registered, full-time, tax-paying business. We accept all major credit or debit cards, as well as PayPal, for your convenience. We use only professional labs to assure you top quality products. Professional photography is a luxury, and as such, our overhead is high. We price ourselves in the manner necessary to sustain the overhead of a legitimate business, so that we can be here for you, year after year to capture your precious memories. Professional photography is not a commodity, like corn or oil. You are hiring us to create beautiful, unique works of custom art just for you. All of this requires an investment of our time and money. You are probably surprised to learn that your session fee does not even cover our basic operating expenses to produce your session. So, we actually start out by making an investment in you! Why? Because we know that once you see your images, you will fall in love with them and understand that you're making an investment in preserving your family's history, in amazing portraiture that you'll cherish for a lifetime! We are committed to being here for you, to capture your family's priceless milestones in a rich visual timeline that will become your family legacy, to be handed down through the generations, becoming more valuable with each passing year. One day, these portraits will hang on your grandchildren's walls! And THAT is why we are invested in doing everything the right way for you!