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Dear Friend,

    Your family is changing so fast, isn’t it?  Your children (and yes, they will be your “children” even when they’re married and have kids of their own) are growing up, and becoming more like adults every day.  Don’t you wish you could just “freeze time” and hold these special moments forever?

    My name is Charles Lewis, and capturing wonderful family memories is what I’ve devoted my life to.  I’m a professional family photographer, but more than that, I’m just like you... I’m a family person.

We Can Stop The Clock.  Memories Are The Most Valuable Thing We Own.

    Can you relate to this at all?  I wake up every morning and wonder where the time is going.  Do you ever do that?  Have you noticed that, the older you and your children get, the faster time seems to fly?  I’m very lucky - I get to see my grown-up son Todd and my grown-up (and married) daughter Erin on a semi-regular basis.  They both live here in Grand Rapids too.   But there’s one thing I regret...

I Would Give Just About ANYTHING IN THE WORLD To Have A Fine Family Portrait Of Todd, Erin, My Wife Cheri And Myself...

    This is going to be hard to believe.  I’m a professional photographer, and I never had a family photograph created of my family when my children were still living at home.  It took my daughter getting married for us to have a professional photograph of the four of us together taken.

    What I wouldn’t give to be able to go back in time, and capture those moments on film.  That’s one of the reasons I became a professional photographer - I want to help other families hold on to their family memories forever, and never regret not having a family portrait done.

Throughout This Page You’ll See And Hear From Families In Grand Rapids Who Have Had Their Lives Forever Enriched By the Lasting Memories Of Family Portraits --- 

--- But There Were Things Even They Didn’t Know When They Started Looking For A Photographer...

    If you’re at all like most of the families on this website, you probably haven’t given a lot of thought to having a family portrait created.  Don’t worry - that’s pretty normal.  You’ve got a lot of things going on in your life.  Life is busier and crazier

“My family is so important to me, and you’ve given us something we will all cherish for a long time.  You made us all feel and look so comfortable, even my youngest, who never looks natural in a photograph.  I don’t know how you did it, but thank you so much!”

  -Barbara McIntosh

   Grand Rapids, MI

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 than ever in 2001, and family life in particular seems to be happening at an ever-accelerating pace.

5 Myths, Mistakes, And Misconceptions About Having A Family Portrait Created - The Stuff 99% Of All People In The World Don’t Know:

    By visiting my website, you must at least be considering having a portrait of your family created.  Well, that’s 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 isn’t!  In fact, that could almost be one of the “myths or mistakes” right there.  As long as you know the information on this site, it won’t be any work at all on your part. 

                                                             ....So, let’s jump right in!

#1 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:

“There’s No Way To GUARANTEE I Will Love My Family Portraits.”

    WRONG!  Depending on who creates your family portrait, that is.  Just suppose you had a family portrait created, and your son or daughter didn’t look natural in it.  The photograph was “ok,” but it didn’t 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 isn’t PERFECT.  That’s why I am the only photographer in Grand Rapids to offer the following guarantee:

CHECK THIS OUT - A Guarantee Unlike Any You’ve Ever Heard:

If Your Family Doesn’t Look The Happiest & Best They’ve Ever Looked Together In These Photographs - If You Don’t Cry (tears of joy) When You Look At Them - You Don’t Pay Me For Them.

    That’s my guarantee and personal promise to you.  As far as I know, there’s 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.  That’s 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 don’t actually cry when I show them to you for the

“How can I ever thank you enough?  I know this is what you do for a living, and probably hear this all the time, but you’ve really made a difference in our lives.  This photograph is priceless to me.”

                   -Thomas Beckering

                     Grand Rapids, MI

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 first time, you don’t pay me for them.  It’s that simple. 

    Obviously, I’m 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 can’t stand arrogance.  No, this is a complete belief in my abilities to capture natural, real emotions and family relationships on film unlike anyone else.  That’s what I’ve devoted my life to, and that’s why I can’t wait to photograph your family for you.

So, To Restate, Here’s 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 wasn’t perfect is fixed, without you paying another cent.

2nd - If I am absolutely unable to thrill you - if I’m unable to create a photograph that you feel you will cherish forever, I will refund EVERY PENNY you invested in them.  You don’t pay for your photographs unless you love them beyond expression!

If I don’t 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:

“All Family Portraits Are Created Equal.”

     INCORRECT.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  If you’re at all like most people, you’ve probably had this question going through your mind:  “How do I choose the right photographer?”  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:  “Just 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?”

    No price tag can be put on your family’s memories.  They are and always will be priceless.  So, why would you ever want to gamble with those memories?  It’s 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 “cheapest” doctor, or the best one?  Well, there’s really no question.  It’s the same thing with your family’s 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 “Making A Buck” Off You.

    I pride myself on becoming a family friend of every family I photograph.  I’ve even had some clients invite me to their houses for birthday parties and such.  You see, I didn’t 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 I’d 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 didn’t 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 “Memory Giver.”

    I didn’t become a photographer because I liked to take pictures.  Don’t get me wrong, I do like the “art” of photography, but that’s NOT the reason I first picked up a camera.  As a child, my mother and father didn’t have many photographs taken. 

    My entire time growing up, I can’t remember a single photograph being taken of the three of us together.  But, early in my career, I created a portrait of my mom and dad together.  I cherish that photograph - it means the world to me. 

“My family means the world to me.  I never thought someone would be able to capture the love and closeness we all share on film, but I was wrong.  The photograph you created of us is our most cherished possession.  I look at it every single day, and it always makes me smile.  Thank you, Charles, for creating such a lasting and special memory.”

                                                          -Susan DeGraff                                                                Grand Rapids, MI

 

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    As I grew up, and my father became ill, I cherished the memory of the moment that photograph was created even more.  Now that my mother and father have both passed away, that photograph is priceless.  I can’t even imagine what it would be like not to have that photograph sitting on the desk in my office.  I look at it every single day - it is one of my most prized possessions.

I Only Wish I Had A Photograph Of All Three Of Us Together.  That Would Be One Of The Most Priceless Things I Own.

    Time is the one thing that none of us have enough of.  It’s the one thing that money can’t buy.  It’s 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 it’s done correctly, these same photographs can become almost like works of art that we display in our homes for everyone to see and share.

Don’t Make The Decision As To Who Will Photograph Your Family Until You Chat With Me.  There Are Things You’ll Want To Ask The Photographers...

    There’s 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 CLICK HERE to find out how to contact me by phone, just to chat. 

    Don’t worry.  I’m not going to try to “sell you” on working with me.  I’m already very busy, and I don’t need to pressure anyone to work with me as a photographer.  I’ll 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:

“Family Portraits Have To Be Created In A Professional Studio - And They Have To Look Boring.”

    If you’re like most people, when you think of a PROFESSIONAL family portrait, you think of all of you gathered in front of a “painted background” in a photography studio, posed unnaturally, and all saying “cheese” 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 family’s 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, that’s what makes all the difference, and that’s 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?  I’ll bet you don’t.  I don’t.  Nearly everyone I’ve ever met tells me the same thing:  “I never look natural in pictures.”  The last thing you want is a photograph where you or your family members have that fake “posed” look on your face. 

    That’s why it’s 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 “psychology” 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.

You’ll NEVER hear me utter the words “say cheese.” 

    That’s 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.  That’s 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:

“There’s No One To Help Me Make Choices About Clothing, Hair, Makeup, Location, etc...”

    Okay, normally you would be right thinking that.  However, I pride myself in being different.  I’m going to help you with all of those things, WHETHER I’M 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 don’t 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.  CLICK HERE for the number.

    Even if it’s after business hours, still call right now.  I’ve got an answering machine that is just waiting to cheerfully take your message, and I’ll personally call you back so we can chat.  Just let me know when is a good time to call you back.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to try to “pressure” you at all into working with me.  Plus, there’s no cost at all for us just to chat.

    When you call, we’ll chat briefly about the things you need to know.  I’ll tell you a bit about me.  I’ll answer  all your questions about how to prepare for a family portrait.  It won’t be a long call, but it will be one of the most important calls you make. 

#5 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:

“There’s No Rush To Have A Family Portrait Created Right Now.”

    You know how things are.  If you don’t 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 it’s never going to stop.

First, Your Child Takes His or Her First Step.  Next, Learns To Ride A Bike.  Later, Gets A Driver’s Licence.  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. 

    Don’t 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 send you a 50% OFF certificate in the mail that will allow you to deduct 50% off the creation of your family portrait! 

    What does that mean?  All you do is call me to chat.  I’ll answer all your questions about family photography.  I’ll send you your 50% off certificate.  If you decide to have your family portrait created by me, you may use this certificate to save 50% off the creation of your images!  It’s that simple!

CLICK HERE to see a copy of the certificate I will send you!

“A Family Story - How A Woman’s Love For Her Family Caused Her To Save One Family Memento As She Ran From Her Burning Home...” 

CLICK HERE to read this TRUE story - it still brings a tear to my eye, and it truly shows how much your portraits could mean to you...

    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, I’m not talking about a “snapshot” that was taken during a family outing on the Fourth Of July.  I’m talking about a wonderful photograph, created by a professional photographer, that not only captures your family’s true bonds and relationships, but also does so in a way that you’d be proud to display openly in your home for the rest of your life.

It’s 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 don’t have to make a big decision right now.  You don’t have to choose your photographer - you don’t even have to decide that now is the time for your family portrait.  Just take one small step toward holding onto your family’s happiest moments RIGHT NOW. 

Just Call My Studio, And We’ll Chat.  And, Remember, If You Decide You Want Me To Create Your Family Portrait, Save 50% Off It’s Creation.  It’s All Up To You.

Once again, CLICK HERE for my studio number, and you can call any time.  If I don’t answer, just leave your name and number at the beep, and I’ll call you back.  If you’re thinking of this family photograph as a GIFT FOR SOMEONE, let me know, so when I call back, I only ask for you, and don’t 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,

 

 

Charles J. Lewis

Photographer

P.S. - Remember, call me just to chat, and if you’re one of the first 49 people to do so, I will send you a CERTIFICATE FOR 50% OFF the creation of your family portraits!  There’s no cost, and no obligation for this chat.  Your family portraits shouldn’t be trusted to any photographer who doesn’t realize what a responsibility it is to make sure these portraits are perfect.  These are your memories - don’t trust them to just anyone.  You’ve nothing to lose, and so many great memories to gain.  Call my studio now - no cost, no obligation - CLICK HERE TO CALL ME (no cost, no obligation)!

P.P.S. - STILL NOT READY TO CALL?  That’s okay.  I can still give you some more secrets FOR FREE in the mail.  If you’d like more information about family photography rushed to your mailbox, simply CLICK HERE to have more secrets rushed to you.

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Children

 

    Can you relate to this at all?  I wake up every morning and wonder where the time is going.  Do you ever do that?  Have you noticed that, the older you and your children get, the faster time seems to fly?  I’m very lucky - I get to see my grown-up son Todd and my grown-up (and married) daughter Erin on a semi-regular basis.  They both live here in Grand Rapids too.   But, not a day goes by that I don’t long for the days when I used to play catch with Todd in the backyard, or when I could bounce Erin on my lap.  Those times will always be precious to me, and I thank God that I have more than just the memories to help me relive them...

There’s Nothing Like Being A Parent.  You’ll Do Anything For Your Child.  And When Your Child Smiles, It’s The Most Wonderful Sight In The World...

    Imagine this:  I have this great professional photograph I took of my son, Todd.  I call it the “tennis shoe” photograph because Todd had the cutest little red tennis shoes, and he’s trying to put them on in the photograph.  There’s so much heart - so much emotion in this single image.  That one photograph means so much to me, I can’t even describe how I would feel if I were to lose it. 

I took this photograph of him when he was only 5 years old, and I can still remember to this day exactly what that day was like. 

    It was so perfect.  And that entire day - that entire moment in my son’s and my life - is captured in his smile.  It’s the most real, most tender, most innocent smile, and it’s completely HIM.  More than any other photograph Todd has had taken as he grew up, the “tennis shoe” photograph captured that childish spirit that will always make me smile.

    Todd is now 32 years old. 

    What would a photograph like that of your child mean to you in 20 or 25 years?  There’s still time, but every day, your child’s smile changes a little.

“I have to admit, Charles, that I was so surprised when you said you would meet with our son a few days before the session at no charge - just to make him feel comfortable.  No other photographer felt it was necessary, but it made such a difference - he looked the best he’s ever looked in these photographs!  Thank you.”

               -Valerie Barton

                Grand Rapids, MI

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These Kinds Of Photographs Are Not Accidents.  They Are Not Snapshots.  And Yet They’re Not “Posed” Or Unnatural In Any Way.

    You know your child better than anyone else in the world.  You know his or her “real” smile, and you know his or her “fake” smile.  But, you know what?  Other people can tell the difference too.  We all can.  You’ve seen photographs where you could tell the photographer just posed the child and said “say cheese!”  The lighting may have been good.  The background might have been nice.  But that fake expression that happens when a child is PROMPTED to smile - that just makes the photograph look like a snapshot instead of a special captured moment in your child’s life.

Imagine How Wonderful Your Child’s Expression Will Be When The Photographer Has Become Your Child’s FRIEND.

    Children are very smart.  They don’t just blindly trust anyone.  And they NEVER show their true expressions to someone they don’t know and trust.  That’s why Todd’s smile in the “tennis shoe” photograph was so natural.  He knew me, and therefore he was able to totally be himself.  Ever since I took that photograph of my son, I’ve worked very hard to be able to capture those same priceless expressions in other children.  In addition to my 32 years as a professional photographer, I also have 32 years of experience as a child psychologist in a way. 

That’s What Makes All The Difference!  The Perfect Portrait of Your Child Is Priceless - And It’s ONLY Possible If The Photographer Understands How To Work With Your Child To Bring Out Those Natural Expressions.

    So many photographers actually FEAR children.  Well, we can understand that, right?  Children can be pretty scary sometimes.  Working with other people’s children can be very intimidating.  For most photographers, they don’t even meet your child until it’s time to create the photographs.  So, your child is sitting there, under all these bright lights, in a strange place, in front of some strange person he or she has never met before.  How scary is that?  It’s no wonder most photographers have to resort to telling children to “say cheese” in order to get any expression even resembling a smile.

But That’s Not Good Enough.  Your Child Is Only Going To Be This Age RIGHT NOW - You Deserve The Perfect Portrait To Capture This Moment In Time Forever. 

    When you find the right photographer, a photographer who doesn’t merely understand photography, but also understands how to capture your child’s best expressions, you have found a new friend you will value for the rest of you life.  This photographer is going to do something for you that no one else in the world can ever do ---- This photographer will STOP TIME, and capture a cherished memory that you will be able to relive every day of your life.

    Nothing means more to me than family memories.  No one (other than maybe the rest of your family) understands what your child means to you more than I do.  That’s one of the reasons I became a professional photographer - I want to help other parents hold on to their family memories forever, and never regret not having a special photograph of their child created.

“At first, I was a little skeptical about investing in a portrait of my daughter.  I thought I’d just have my Uncle Jerry take our picture - he’s pretty good with taking snapshots.  Then, I read your 100% guarantee.  I’m so glad I decided to give you a try.  The portraits you created are beyond belief!  I couldn’t be happier.”

                                                                        -Kate Wilson

                                                                         Walker, MI

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Question:  “Just Suppose Someone Were To Create The Perfect Portrait of Your Child - One Where Your Child Looked Better Than Ever, Happier Than Ever - A Portrait That Meant The World To You - What Would That Be Worth?”

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

    If you were sick, and had to go to a doctor, would you want the “cheapest” doctor, or the best one?  Well, there’s really no question.  It’s the same thing with your family’s 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 “Making A Buck” Off You.

    I pride myself on becoming a family friend of every child I photograph.  I’ve even had some clients invite me to their houses for birthday parties and such.  You see, I didn’t 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 I’d stayed in that line of work.

    But I CHOSE to become a professional children’s 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 didn’t feel like I was making a difference. 

I Realized That Childhood Memories Were Priceless - That There Was No More Noble Or Wonderful Profession Than To Become A “Memory Giver.”

    I didn’t become a photographer because I liked to take photographs.  Don’t get me wrong, I do like the “art” of photography, but that’s NOT the reason I first picked up a camera.  As a child, my mother and father didn’t have many photographs taken. 

    My entire time growing up, I can’t remember a single photograph being taken of the three of us together.  But, early in my career, I created a portrait of my mom and dad together.  I cherish that photograph - it means the world to me. 

    As I grew up, and my father became ill, I cherished the memory of the moment that photograph was created even more.  Now that my mother and father have both passed away, that photograph is priceless.  I can’t even imagine what it would be like not to have that photograph sitting on the desk in my office.  I look at it every single day - it is one of my most prized possessions.

Now, I Have A Family Of My Own, And I Swore I Would Be Sure To Capture The Memories Of My Children Through Fine Portraiture.

    Time is the one thing that none of us have enough of.  It’s the one thing that money can’t buy.  It’s 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 it’s done correctly, these same photographs can become works of art that we display in our homes for everyone to see and share.

“Charles, your photographs are perfect!  Everyone who comes into our home says how great Kim looks, and what a wonderful photograph it is.  I look forward to having another portrait of her created in a couple of years.”

                       -Susan Stockwell

                        East Grand Rapids, MI

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Don’t Make The Decision As To Who Will Photograph Your Child Until You Chat With Me.  There Are Things You’ll Want To Ask The Photographers...

    There’s 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.  My studio number is: 

(616) 956-6002. 

    Don’t worry.  I’m not going to try to “sell you” on working with me.  I’m already very busy, and I don’t need to pressure anyone to work with me as a photographer.  I’ll 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.

Throughout This Webpage, You’ll See And Hear From Parents In Grand Rapids Who Have Had Their Lives Forever Enriched By the Lasting Memories Of Children’s Portraits --- 

 

--- But There Were Things Even They Didn’t Know When They Started Looking For A Photographer...

    If you’re like most parents, when you first thought of having a portrait created of your child, you probably pictured in your mind a tiny studio, with a painted background, some bright lights, with your child sitting cross-legged on a stool looking nervous.  Maybe you even thought of a family member or friend of yours who fancies himself or herself as a “bit of a photography buff.”  Maybe you thought of having this person do a quick photograph of your child, and you’d call that good enough.  You’re not alone.  Most parents think this way at first....

    ...but then, just like the other parents on this site, something made you decide to check out my website.  You probably saw some of the children’s photography I’ve created and said to yourself “that’s what I want.”  Maybe you realized that this portrait of your child is so important, you’re not going to trust it to just anyone.  Believe me, you’ve made the right choice.

The 6 VITAL Things To Look For In Your Child’s Photographer - The Secrets 99% Of All People In The World Don’t Know:

    By reading this far, you must at least be considering having a portrait of your child created.  Well, that’s 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 your son or daughter steps in front of any camera.  By the time you finish reading this webpage,  you will know everything you need to know about how to have the perfect portrait of your child created - the one you will cherish forever!

    There are 6 VITAL things you must look for in a photographer!  If your photographer is missing any one of these things, your child’s photographs will be much less than they should be.  Demand that your photographer does each and every one of these things! 

    You may feel like having a children’s portrait done is going to be a lot of work on your part.  Well, it isn’t!  As long as you know the information on this website, it won’t be any work at all on your part. 

                                                             ....So, let’s jump right in!

#1 Thing Your Photographer MUST DO:

Demand That Your Photographer GUARANTEE You Will Love Your Child’s Portraits.

    Most photographers WILL NOT DO THIS!  Just suppose you had a portrait created, and your son or daughter didn’t look natural in it.  The photograph was “ok,” but it didn’t 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 isn’t PERFECT.  That’s why I am the only photographer in Grand Rapids to offer the following guarantee:

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A Guarantee Unlike Any You’ve Ever Heard:

If Your Child Doesn’t Look The Happiest & Best He Or She Has Ever Looked In These Photographs - If You Don’t Cry (tears of joy) When You Look At Them - You Don’t Pay Me For Them.

    That’s my guarantee and personal promise to you.  As far as I know, there’s no other photographer around that will make you this super of a guarantee.  These photographs will be completely meaningless to you unless they convey the real emotions and personality of your child.  That’s the only real reason to have a children’s portrait created.

    So, if FOR ANY REASON you feel that the photographs I create for you are anything less than perfect - if you don’t actually cry when I show them to you for the first time, you don’t pay me for them.  It’s that simple. 

    Obviously, I’m totally confident that the portraits I create for you 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 can’t stand arrogance.  No, this is a complete belief in my abilities to capture natural, real emotions from children on film unlike anyone else.  That’s what I’ve devoted my life to, and that’s why I can’t wait to photograph your child for you.

So, To Restate, Here’s 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 child again, and make sure that anything that wasn’t perfect is fixed, without you paying another cent.

2nd - If I am absolutely unable to thrill you - if I’m unable to create a photograph that you feel you will cherish forever, I will refund EVERY PENNY you invested in them.  You don’t pay for your photographs unless you love them beyond expression!

If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer offers this strong of a guarantee.  If they are professional and really good at what they do, they should back up their work by taking all the risk off of you.

#2 Thing Your Photographer MUST DO:

Meet Your Child, And Become His Or Her Friend - Ahead Of Time - BEFORE The Session.

     No child is going to look natural and vibrant on film if they don’t know and trust the photographer.  That is just a plain FACT.  Plus, besides making the photographs turn out so much better, think of how much more fun your child is going to have during the session if the photographer has become his or her friend!  There’s absolutely NO REASON why your child shouldn’t enjoy having these portraits created.  In fact, if your child is NOT having fun, the photographs will not turn out well at all.

    32 years ago, I made a decision.  I decided then and there that I would NEVER do a photographic session without meeting the child ahead of time.  That single decision has made more of a difference to my clients than any other decision I’ve ever made. 

    THERE’S NO COST FOR THIS PRE-SESSION MEETING, and it will only take about 15 minutes, but by the time those fifteen minutes are up, you and your child will be so comfortable with me that when I do the actual session, the expressions will be perfect, natural, and priceless every time.

If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer will meet with you and your child ahead of time, and AT NO CHARGE.  I can’t stress enough what a difference this will make!

#3 Thing Your Photographer MUST DO:

AT NO EXTRA CHARGE, Your Photographer Should Create The Images ON LOCATION Instead Of In A Boring Studio.

    This is such an important point - for so many reasons!  First of all, as I mentioned earlier, one of the biggest challenges for a photographer is making your child feel totally comfortable, thereby getting totally natural and fun expressions on film.  Well, in addition to meeting the photographer ahead of time, one of the best things for your child is to create the photographs in a location that is familiar or fun for the child.

    Where’s the place most children are the most comfortable?  IN OR AROUND THEIR HOME.  Imagine being a child, and instead of going to some “scary” studio somewhere, the photographer comes to your home, and creates fantastic photographs right there in the home or in your own backyard!  How great would that be?  Think of how comfortable and “at home” you would feel as a child.

    Or, suppose going out to a park somewhere, or to the beach, or playing a pile of leaves - and having the photographer take your photographs there.  Not only will your son or daughter have more fun being photographed this way, but it will also be a much more personal and unique setting.  There’s nothing personal or exciting about a photograph taken in a studio.  The setting will look just like the settings of hundreds of other child photographs. 

    Yes, I can create images in my studio if you would like.  But AT NO EXTRA CHARGE, I will come to your home, or take you and your child to a couple of locations in and around Grand Rapids that are perfect for this type of photography.  You’ll have options - we’ll do some in the studio, and some on location.  You see, not only do I not mind doing location photography, which takes more work on my part - I actually ENCOURAGE it.  After 32 years of photographing children, I know that location photographs tend to be the photographs that parents like the most.

If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer will create images on location as well as in the studio, and AT NO CHARGE.

#4 Thing Your Photographer MUST DO:

“Looking For George” - A Great Game To Help Your Child Feel Totally Comfortable, So He Or She Will Look Great.

    Now, this is something I can guarantee no other photographer does.  If you’re child is being photographed in the studio, this is a great way to make him or her totally comfortable - and to insure they have fun.

    You see, I have this wonderful, big, fluffy, warm, fuzzy, INVISIBLE puppy that lives in my studio.  Really, I do.  His name is George.  And he LOVES to play hide and seek with children.  When you and your child come to the studio for the session, I’ll immediately tell your child about George, and tell him or her to start looking for George.  It’s a wonderful game, and it puts them at ease right away.  You should see a child’s eyes light up when I tell them about this loving soft invisible puppy that’s running around my studio just waiting to be discovered.  Throughout the entire session, if your son or daughter isn’t really “getting into the spirit” of the photography, I’ll tell them I just saw George running through the camera room.  Immediately, their face will light up, and that’s when I snap the photograph.

    Okay, just between you and me, there’s no such thing as an invisible dog who plays hide and seek with children.  But, once again, the psychology of capturing your child’s unique personality on film is what this game is all about.  There are variations on this idea, so be sure to ask any photographer you consider hiring how they work with the children.  That is even MORE important than the type of camera or film they use!

If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer does something special to insure your child will have fun and give you great expressions on film!

URGENT:::  MAJOR Myth, Mistake Or Misconception About Your Child’s Photography:

“There’s No Rush To Have A Portrait Of Your Child Created Right Now.”

    Before we continue with the 6 THINGS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER MUST DO, let’s talk about this for a moment.  So many people think they have all the time in the world to have a portrait of their child created. 

    But, you know how things are.  If you don’t pick up the phone right now, and at least call me to chat about your child’s 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 son or daughter be by then?

    You see, time is ticking....  and it’s never going to stop.

First, Your Child Takes His or Her First Step.  Next, Learns To Ride A Bike.  Later, Gets A Driver’s Licence.  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. 

    Don’t 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 portrait of your child - as he or she is right now - 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 child’s photographer.  As long as you are one of the first 43 people to call me (for your FREE chat), I will deduct 50% off the creation of your child’s portraits - NO MATTER WHEN YOU DECIDE TO HAVE THE PORTRAITS TAKEN WITH ME! 

    What does that mean?  You don’t have to actually have the photograph created immediately - just call me to chat.  If, after that call, you decide you want me to be your photographer, I’ll photograph your child for 50% off my regular fee.

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

Pick up the phone, and call my studio.  CLICK HERE for the number.

Even if it’s after business hours, still call right now.  I’ve got an answering machine that is just waiting to cheerfully take your message, and I’ll personally call you back so we can chat.  Just let me know when is a good time to call you back.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to try to “pressure” you at all into working with me.  Plus, there’s no cost at all for us just to chat.

    When you call, we’ll chat briefly about the things you need to know.  I’ll tell you a bit about me.  I’ll answer all your questions about how to prepare for your child’s portrait - including things I don’t have time to put in this letter.  It won’t be a long call, but it will be one of the most important calls you make. 

#5 Thing Your Photographer MUST DO:

The Photographer MUST Allow At Least ONE HOUR To Photograph Your Child!!

    This is a biggie.  Most photographers are trying to crank so many sessions through in a day, they only have a short amount of time to photograph each subject.  Did you know that the average child photographer spends ONLY 12.5 MINUTES photographing a child?!  That’s insane!

    Fine children’s photography is like a great meal in a fine restaurant:  It CAN’T be rushed.  The photographer is like your personal chef, preparing the meal for you.  The photographer is going to have to “add all the right spices” into the photograph to make it just right.  This takes a bit of patience, and a lot of focus.  If your photographer knows that in about 15 minutes the next client is going to show up, you’re not going to get the attention you deserve.

    Now, it may not take the whole hour to photograph your child.  However, I ALWAYS set aside at least one hour for every child session I book.  I’ve done some sessions that only took about 20 minutes or so to get a number of stunning images, but the point is - it’s vital to leave that much time open.  Don’t let your photographer rush through this.  Remember, these are your memories, and it’s up to you to make sure your photographer realizes his or her responsibility to you and your child.

If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer spends AT LEAST ONE HOUR creating the perfect images for you - this cannot be rushed!

#6 Thing Your Photographer MUST DO:

Make Your Child Feel Totally Comfortable By Using A Favorite Stuffed Animal, Pet, or Toy.

    I love this part.  You see, this is a two-fold benefit here.  It’s going to make your child so much more comfortable, and at the same time, it’s going to add yet another level of personalization to the final photographs.  As you know, children love familiarity.  Nothing can calm them down like that “security blanket” they love to haul around the house, or that special beat-up raggedy old stuffed animal that Grandma gave them on their first birthday, or that cherished family pet that is like their best friend. 

    Imagine the wonderful photographs that will come from allowing your child to play with something that is so special to him or her.  Some of the most emotional and memorable portraits I’ve ever created involved a child playing with a toy or a pet or even a family music box.  We’ve all seen children almost seem to “slip into another world” when they play with certain things.  Those are the moments I  live for, and those are the moments I’m going to capture for you on film.

If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer encorporates your child’s favorite toy into the photographs!

Why Your Child’s Portrait Will Become More Valuable To You Than Anything Else In Your Home:

    Do you have a photograph of your child 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?   I only ask that because I actually had a client whose house was burning, and on her way out she actually grabbed her photo albums containing the photographs of her wedding that I’d created for her!  Can you believe that?  That’s how important those photographs were to her.

    Do you have a photograph of your child that means that much to you?  Now, I’m not talking about a “snapshot” that was taken during a family outing on the Fourth Of July.  I’m talking about a wonderful photograph, created by an artistic  photographer, that not only captures your child’s true expressions and personality, but also does so in a way that you’d be proud to display in your home for the rest of your life.

It’s 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 don’t have to make a big decision right now.  You don’t have to choose your photographer - you don’t even have to decide that now is the time for your child’s portrait.  Just take one small step toward holding onto your child’s happiest moments RIGHT NOW. 

Just Call My Studio, And We’ll Chat.   And, If You Decide You Want Me To Create Your Child’s Portrait, Save 50% Off It’s Creation.  It’s All Up To You.

    You can call any time.  If I don’t answer, just leave your name and number at the beep, and I’ll call you back.  If you’re thinking of this photograph as a GIFT FOR SOMEONE, let me know, so when I call back, I only ask for you, and don’t spoil the surprise!

Once again,  CLICK HERE for the direct phone number to my studio.

The Perfect Portrait Of Your Child 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,

 

 

Charles J. Lewis

Photographer

P.S. - Remember, call me just to chat, and if you are one of the first 35 people, and if you choose to have me photograph your child, you will save 50% off the creation of the images!  You’ve nothing to lose, and so many great memories to gain.  Call my studio now - no cost, no obligation - CLICK HERE.