About Laveen Photography

Who is Laveen Photography

Thank you again for visiting the Laveen Photography website.  Doug Smith is Laveen Photography.  The name comes from the name of the area in Phoenix where I live.  Photography is a passion, not a full time job.  Because it not what I depend upon to make a living, I am able to work with you to create the type of photos that you want and to do it within your budget.  It also means that I do not have the expenses required to maintain a studio.  If you book my services, I will come to you.  What you will not get are static portraits with a lifeless background, but what you will get are portraits in a live and dynamic setting.

I specialize in photographs that capture the real you.  That means taking photographs in locations that are familiar and comfortable to you.  I will not spend a lot of time trying to get everyone all line up perfectly, unless of course that is what you would like.  However, that said, I am not after sloppy photos or photographs that look like an average snapshot.  The difference is both in quality and in the feel of the photograph.  Most importantly, like my banner says, I strive to make photos fun.  I want everyone to have a good time.

Selecting a Photographer

Booking a photo shoot is easy, but selecting the right photographer is critical.  I highly recommend that before a major event (e.g. a wedding) that you meet with your prospective photographer(s) and talk with them.  Find out how the like to operate, what their style of photography is, and what kind of personality they have.  Take this time to decide if they will be a good “fit” with you, your family, and others attending your event.  Will they capture the types of photographs that you want?  It is important that you are comfortable with your photographer and that he or she has a style and personality that complements you and your needs.  This is particularly important for major events such a wedding.  The photographer is probably the only vendor who will be with you all day. They will be mingling with your friends and family throughout the day. They will be interacting with everyone.  It is important that they be someone with whom you will feel comfortable.

The second component to finding a photographer is their work.  You should make sure that you really connect with it.  When looking at their albums, try to envision yourself in their photographs.  If you can do this, and they seem like they might “fit in,” you may have found someone special for you.  One key here is to understand that photographers do not all just take photos of people.  Photographers all have styles, approaches, and different ways of doing things.  My photographic style leans toward photo journalism and is more laid laid back and casual than portrait photographer.  I am also very much a people person.  Part of what I try to get out of my photos is to try and capture the feelings and emotions of the event as well as recording what took place.  I feel it is important for everyone to be relaxed and comfortable; to be themselves.

The last component in selecting a photographer is price.  The photographer you choose should be within your budget, otherwise you will be disappointed in the long run.  In the end, for big events like weddings, price is a component of the decision but it should not be the main factor.  If you find someone who really fits but is a bit more than you budgeted, think about cutting back on other things. After all, the photographs will last forever.

What Is Involved in Booking a Photo Session

The first step is realizing that you would like some photographs.  Maybe it is a just to get some new family photos, or you have a birthday party coming up, or maybe you just got engaged and want to commemorate the occasion.  Following is a list of some of the events or occasions you may wish to have photographed.

  • Family portraits
  • Pets
  • Birthday parties
  • Senior/graduation portraitsEngagements
  • Weddings
  • Maternity
  • Boudoir
  • Lingerie
  • Family Reunions
  • Starting a modeling portfolio
  • Starting up a new business
  • Photos for a website
  • Applications for grants

Once you know the need, all you need to do is contact me by clicking on  Contact Laveen Photography.  Tell me what your interests are and we will go from there.  Depending on the event, I might suggest that we meet face-to-face to talk about the event and your expectations.  That first meeting is at no obligation or charge.  The  next step will be to discuss your budget and the type of photographic package you would like.  After the photo session I will post proof-size photo in your own secure directory for your review.  Depending upon the final package you have selected you can use the proofs photos to tell me which photos you would like me to edit for your purchase.  Once I have edited all of the photos you wish, I will make these available for you to immediately download from your secure directory.  Again, depending upon the services purchased, prints or a DVD of your photos will be mailed to you.

You will notice that I do not have a rate sheet on my website.  That is because I want to work with you to give you the most for your budget.  You can be assured that my rates are very reasonable.  I do not have a one-size fits all photographic package.  I want to design a tailor-made package to fit your needs.  The one consistent thing with all of my clients is that when I am done you will have a DVD with high resolution photographs for your use.  You will be able to make as many prints as you like, any size that you would like, or upload them to your website.  They will be yours.

I look forward to hearing from you and making photographs fun.  You may contact me by e-mail, doug.smith@laveenphotography.com, or leave a message here.  I am located in Laveen (Phoenix) 85339 on 73rd Avenue between Southern Avenue and Baseline Road.

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