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5 Myths, Mistakes, And Misconceptions About Having A Family Portrait Created -
The Stuff 99% Of All People In The World Donít Know:

    By visiting my website, you must at least be considering having a portrait of your family created.  Well, thatís 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 you and your loved ones step in front of any camera.  By the time you finish reading this single page, you will know everything you need to know about how to have the perfect family portrait created - the one you will cherish forever!

    You may feel that having a family portrait done is going to be a lot of work on your part.  Well, it isnít!  In fact, that could almost be one of the ďmyths or mistakesĒ right there.  As long as you know the information on this site, it wonít be any work at all on your part. 

                                                             ....So, letís jump right in!

#1 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:  ďThereís No Way To GUARANTEE I Will Love My Family Portraits.Ē

    WRONG!  Depending on who creates your family portrait, that is.  Just suppose you had a family portrait created, and your son or daughter didnít look natural in it.  The photograph was ďok,Ē but it didnít 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 isnít PERFECT.  Thatís why I am the only photographer in Rocky Mount to offer the following guarantee:

CHECK THIS OUT - A Guarantee Unlike Any Youíve Ever Heard:

If Your Family Doesnít Look The Happiest & Best Theyíve Ever Looked Together In These Photographs - If You Donít Cry (tears of joy) When You Look At Them - You Donít Pay Me.

    Thatís my guarantee and personal promise to you.  As far as I know, thereís no other photographer around that will make you this super guarantee.  These photographs will be completely meaningless to you unless they convey the real emotions and relationships between you and your loved ones.  Thatís the only real reason to have a family portrait created.

    So, if FOR ANY REASON you feel that the photographs I create for you are anything less than perfect - if you donít actually cry when I show them to you for the first time, you donít pay me for them.  Itís that simple. 

    Obviously, Iím totally confident that the portraits I create of you and your family 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 canít stand arrogance.  No, this is a complete belief in my abilities to capture natural, real emotions and family relationships on film unlike anyone else.  Thatís what Iíve devoted my life to, and thatís why I canít wait to photograph your family for you.

So, To Restate, Hereís 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 family again, and make sure that anything that wasnít perfect is fixed, without you paying another cent.

2nd - If I am absolutely unable to thrill you - if Iím unable to create a photograph that you feel you will cherish forever, I will refund EVERY PENNY you invested in them.  You donít pay for your photographs unless you love them beyond expression!

If I donít end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer offers this strong of a guarantee.  If they are good, they should back up their work by taking all the risk off of you.

#2 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:  ďAll Family Portraits Are Created Equal.Ē

     INCORRECT.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  If youíre at all like most people, youíve probably had this question going through your mind:  ďHow do I choose the right photographer?Ē  In fact, you may even have thought of someone in your family - an uncle, a grandparent, even a friend - who is a bit of an amateur photographer.  Why not just have that person create the photograph of your family?

Question:  ďJust Suppose Someone Were To Create The Perfect Family Portrait - One Where You And Your Loved Ones Looked Better Than Ever, Happier Than Ever - A Portrait That Meant The World To You - What Would That Be Worth?Ē

    No price tag can be put on your familyís memories.  They are and always will be priceless.  So, why would you ever want to gamble with those memories?  Itís just a question of whether you believe a portrait of your family could really mean that much to you.

    If you were sick, and had to go to a doctor, would you want the ďcheapestĒ doctor, or the best one?  Well, thereís really no question.  Itís the same thing with your familyís memories.  You can certainly find a cheaper photographer in town.  But there are other things to consider than just price...

The Photographer You Choose Should Care About YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR MEMORIES, Not Just About ďMaking A BuckĒ Off You.

    I pride myself on becoming a family friend of every family I photograph.  Iíve even had some clients invite me to their houses for birthday parties and such.  You see, I didnít get into photography to get rich.  Believe me, there are better (and easier) ways to make a fast buck.  I actually went to college to become an engineer.  I could be making a WHOLE lot of money if Iíd stayed in that line of work.

    But I CHOSE to become a professional family photographer.  Why did I make that career choice?  Because I finally realized that all the money in the world meant nothing to me if I didnít feel like I was making a difference. 

I Realized That Memories Were Priceless - That There Was No More Noble Or Wonderful Profession Than To Become A ďMemory Giver.Ē

     Time is the one thing that none of us have enough of.  Itís the one thing that money canít buy.  Itís the one thing that we all would give just about anything for.  Through photography, we can hold on to the moments in our lives that we wish could last forever.  And, if itís done correctly, these same photographs can become almost like works of art that we display in our homes for everyone to see and share.

Donít Make The Decision As To Who Will Photograph Your Family Until You Chat With Me.  There Are Things Youíll Want To Ask The Photographers...

    Thereís 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.   Simply give me a call, just to chat 540-365-3190 

    Donít worry.  Iím not going to try to ďsell youĒ on working with me.  Iím already very busy, and I donít need to pressure anyone to work with me as a photographer.  Iíll 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.

#3 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:  ďFamily Portraits Have To Be Created In A Professional Studio - And They Have To Look Boring.Ē

    If youíre like most people, when you think of a PROFESSIONAL family portrait, you think of all of you gathered in front of a ďpainted backgroundĒ in a photography studio, posed unnaturally, and all saying ďcheeseĒ as the photographer snaps the picture.  Now, is that something any family will cherish for a lifetime?  I think not.  Yes, it may capture the whole family together, but it will never capture your family relationships - your familyís love.

    Picture instead:  All of you gathered in your favorite room in your home.  Or outside on the new deck you just had built.  Or in your backyard by the pine trees that give your yard so much character.  All of you are dressed in clothes the photographer helped you chose - clothing that conveys your individual personalities, but still looks great together. 

   Well, thatís what makes all the difference, and thatís what I will do for you.

And This is SO Important:  All Of You Feel Totally Comfortable In Front Of The Camera!

    Do you know ANYONE who feels totally comfortable in front of a camera?  Iíll bet you donít.  I donít.  Nearly everyone Iíve ever met tells me the same thing:  ďI never look natural in pictures.Ē  The last thing you want is a photograph where you or your family members have that fake ďposedĒ look on your face. 

    Thatís why itís so important that you feel very natural and comfortable with your photographer.  Just think of how great your family would look if your best friend was creating the photograph.  They would all look so happy and natural!  I take pride in developing very close relationships with all my clients, and their entire family. 

    Plus, I understand the ďpsychologyĒ of photography.  Learning the technical aspects - what lenses to use, what lighting looks best, how clothing adds and subtracts weight on film - all of those things were only the tip of the iceberg.  Without being able to make each and every one of your family members look and feel comfortable (and natural) on film, all those technical things would amount to nothing.

Youíll NEVER hear me utter the words ďsay cheese.Ē 

    Thatís a surefire way of getting expressions that look totally fake and unnatural.  No - a great photographer knows that, in order to get a great expression from a subject, you need to get to know that subject a bit - to know what will make them smile naturally.  Thatís what I do, and I love it!  I will get to know your whole family so well, and they will feel so comfortable with me, that their expressions will be perfect every time.

#4 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:  ďThereís No One To Help Me Make Choices About Clothing, Hair, Makeup, Location, etc...Ē

    Okay, normally you would be right thinking that.  However, I pride myself in being different.  Iím going to help you with all of those things, WHETHER IíM YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER OR NOT!

My Years Of Experience Photographing Families - Yours FREE - Without Any Obligation.

    Okay, by now you are probably considering having a family portrait created.  You may even be considering choosing me as your photographer - but I donít want you to make that decision just yet.

    No matter who creates your photographs for you, you will need to make some decisions.  What clothing should your family wear?  Where should this photograph be created?  How heavy should the makeup be on the ladies in the photograph?  There are a number of things to think about, and I will walk you through all of them personally.

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

Pick up the phone, and call my studio.  540-365-3190

    Even if itís after business hours, still call right now.  Iíve got an answering machine that is just waiting to cheerfully take your message, and Iíll personally call you back so we can chat.  Just let me know when is a good time to call you back.  Donít worry, Iím not going to try to ďpressureĒ you at all into working with me.  Plus, thereís no cost at all for us just to chat.

    When you call, weíll chat briefly about the things you need to know.  Iíll tell you a bit about me.  Iíll answer  all your questions about how to prepare for a family portrait.  It wonít be a long call, but it will be one of the most important calls you make. 

#5 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:  ďThereís No Rush To Have A Family Portrait Created Right Now.Ē

    You know how things are.  If you donít pick up the phone right now, and at least call me to chat about your family 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 family be then?

    You see, time is ticking....  and itís never going to stop.

First, Your Child Takes His or Her First Step.  Next, Learns To Ride A Bike.  Later, Gets A Driverís 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. 

    Donít 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 family portrait is something you deserve. 

Plus, You Will Save 50% By Acting Right Now!

    Just suppose you call my studio and chat with me.  Just suppose you decide you would like me to be your photographer.  As long as you are one of the first 49 PEOPLE to call me (for your FREE chat), I will give you 50% off the creation of your family portrait! 

    What does that mean?  All you do is call me to chat.  Iíll answer all your questions about family photography.  If you decide to have your family portrait created by me, you will save 50% off the creation of your images!  Itís that simple!

    Life is so terribly short.  But, at the same time, life is such a wonderful gift.  And the memories we keep of these moments with our family will last forever.

Why Your Family Portrait Will Become More Valuable To You Than Anything Else In Your Home:

    Do you have a photograph of your family 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? 

    Now, Iím not talking about a ďsnapshotĒ that was taken during a family outing on the Fourth Of July.  Iím talking about a wonderful photograph, created by a professional photographer, that not only captures your familyís true bonds and relationships, but also does so in a way that youíd be proud to display openly in your home for the rest of your life.

Itís 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 donít have to make a big decision right now.  You donít have to choose your photographer - you donít even have to decide that now is the time for your family portrait.  Just take one small step toward holding onto your familyís happiest moments RIGHT NOW. 

Just Call My Studio, And Weíll Chat.  And, Remember, If You Decide You Want Me To Create Your Family Portrait, Save 50% Off Itís Creation.  Itís All Up To You.

Once again, my studio number is 540-365-3190, and you can call any time.  If I donít answer, just leave your name and number at the beep, and Iíll call you back.  If youíre thinking of this family photograph as a GIFT FOR SOMEONE, let me know, so when I call back, I only ask for you, and donít spoil the surprise!

The Perfect Family Portrait 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,

  Greg Philpott

Photographer

P.S. - Remember, call me just to chat, and if youíre one of the first 49 people to do so, I will give you 50% OFF the creation of your family portraits!  Thereís no cost, and no obligation for this chat.  Your family portraits shouldnít be trusted to any photographer who doesnít realize what a responsibility it is to make sure these portraits are perfect.  These are your memories - donít trust them to just anyone.  Youíve nothing to lose, and so many great memories to gain.  Call my studio now - no cost, no obligation - 540-365-3190