Some of you may have noticed there wasn't a blog post last week. October has been uncharacteristically busy for me, but that's a post for another day.
The bombardment of sessions began with Jill's, who asked me to take a photo or two of her kids and dog for her Christmas cards. Jill originally contacted me sometime close to the beginning of September, and after I had sent her the contract and didn't hear back from her, I didn't think it was going to work out. A few days after I sent the contract to her, I was pleasantly surprised to find the retainer fee and signed contract sitting in the mailbox.
For those couple of days that I hadn't heard from Jill, I had come to the conclusion the session wasn't going to happen. I'm more than used to things falling through by now, so I tried not to dwell on it too much. Looking back on that now though, I'm really glad the session ended up happening. Jill was the type of client who is incredibly laid back, trusts my judgement and stands back while I work, which, as I always say, makes things way easier on my end. Jill's kids were also incredibly easy to work with, even though they apparently don't get along normally, which you wouldn't be able to tell from the photos.
Another factor that I think helped this session go well is I brought Devan along as my creative director. We've been talking about this for a while, and we've tested it out on a few other shoots. So far, I think it's been working out pretty well. Having Devan there to pose the subject(s) allows me to focus more on getting the photo, which I think equates to a better overall product for the client. I also think having Devan there as my creative director also saves time. I already work pretty quickly, but while Devan is talking to the subject(s) and getting things ready on that end, I can make adjustments to my camera, lighting, and/or get into position. This might not save a noticeable amount of time for a quick shoot like this that might only take 10 or 15 minutes, but for a longer shoot that's closer to an hour, the time begins to add up. Based on how things have gone so far, clients should expect to see Devan at future sessions.
Anyway, here are the photos from the shoot. Two of them are the ones Jill chose and one is one that I liked that didn't make the cut.
In hindsight, I wish I would have had one of the kids hold the leash. I tried to remove it, but the dog's fur caused too many problems. I don't think it makes or breaks the photo, just letting everyone know I'm aware of it.
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Dan Pomykalski (PAWM-I-KALS-kee) is a portrait photographer based in Madison, WI. Dan works with both individual clients and larger organizations, such as the Wisconsin Alumni Foundation, the Janesville Jets, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and the University of Wisconsin-Rock County. Dan was also the photo editor for the student-run newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the Royal Purple, for the 2013 Spring and 2013 Fall semesters. Although Dan's clients are mostly from the Dane County area, he is more than happy to travel wherever necessary.
Although Dan is primarily a portrait photographer, he has ample amounts of experience in other types of photography such as weddings, events, product photography, real estate, and sport photography.
In 2016, expertise.com ranked Dan Pomykalski Photography the 2nd best portrait photographer in Madison, WI out of 204 others in the area.
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