It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so one major benefit to being a photographer is that our work can very quickly speak for itself. Yet, over the years I have come to also realize that the greatest power behind my visual work and brand name as a photographer is not my photos per se, but rather the people my photos reflect and promote. In fact, with the exception of this website, a pocket full of business cards, and some social networking blogs, I rely on no formal advertising to promote my business. The growth of my business is almost completely attributed to the experiences felt by my valued clients, and their word-of-mouth referrals. For the discerning eye, pictures alone are not enough for judging a photographer’s merit; how the photos are taken and what people experience in the photography moment matters too!
The following extracts speak to both my character and work. These comments were not solicited, and were sent to me from a wide variety of clients that I have had the great pleasure of working with over the years. I present the following extracts in their original language, and to uphold the information privacy of my clients, I attribute them to only a first name.
Jeff, we are so happy with the work you have done for us. And by happy I mean “teary eyed”, amazed and grateful we had you as our [wedding] photographer! Thanks,
Tammy & Mitch
Words will never express how grateful we are for your kindness and generosity. Thank you sooo much for taking the time to capture our most memorable moment. We can’t wait to return to the canal in the years to come to capture more of our memorable milestones with you.
Shannon & Rob
OMG they [wedding pictures] are fantastic! Thanks so much! Can’t wait to see the whole lot 😮 On a side note, I just wanted to say how very happy we were with every effort you put in on Saturday. Us, the guests and the staff were very impressed. My family half expected to see you hanging from the ceiling for the shots you wanted. They spotted you up and down and all around. We’ve had some amazing compliments on you! You truly have a gift and you are fantastically passionate about it.
April & Pierre
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to you for taking beautiful pictures of Emalina’s baptism. You have captured a special time in such a creative and professional way, and for that we are truly thankful. We are proud to say we know you as we pass off your name to friends as a fantastic photographer!
Karen & Frank
Thank you for covering our event at the National Gallery. I’ve had a chance to view the photos and you did an amazing job. Thank you for your professionalism, […] mentioned that you were a pleasure to work with. We have added your name as a preferred photographer in the Ottawa area for future events!
A quick note to say that we had a lot of fun on Sunday […] thank you for helping us with everything! My family all said that you were a great choice to be our photographer. [The family photos] look awesome! Everyone is really happy with the pictures. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to other friends and family in the future. Thanks so much Jeff!
Thank you so much for all the beautiful [event] pictures. It is so fun to go through them and remember things (I guess the day was a whirlwind). And you capture so much love and happiness. I couldn’t be more thrilled. And Denise is so ecstatic. Thank you! […] I appreciate your hard work and honesty throughout our entire working together. Please let me know if there is somewhere you would like me to write a review for you?
The [event] photos are wonderful – thanks for doing such great work!
Wow, Awesome [event photos] Jeff, thank you very much for all the hard work last night. It was great to have you.
Hi Jeff! I cannot start to tell you how amazed I am by the [wedding] pictures that you and Fern [my business partner] have sent Andrew and I yesterday via email. They are AMAZING and we cannot wait to see the rest! We are very happy that you decided to use that shot on your website it is a very spectacular one that’s for sure […] we are thrilled that you and Fern were our photographers!
Caroline & Andrew
Hey Jeff, Both Gen and I can’t be happier to have had you photograph our wedding!! It was exactly the perfect thing we were looking for and we can’t be happier […] we are throwing a party at my parents place and would love to have you there as our guest to relax and have some good polish food […] Hi there! Again, I cannot begin to tell you how much we were pleased with you and your work […] We saw our picture on your website and advertised it on all our social media outlets! Everybody agreed it’s a great picture.
Geneviève & Konrad
As long as you are photographing, we will come to you for all our photo needs!
Jessica & Martin
Hi Jeffery, Thank you so much for getting that DVD to me yesterday. I have to tell you that you are a genius at photography. I am usually terrible in photos, but you managed to make me look good in every single one of them. I am amazed at some of the shots. I think how did he get me like that?? I also saw your blog photos from Europe and they are absolutely breathtaking
Jeff! These [profile pictures] are *fabulous*! I’m absolutely thrilled! I can’t thank you enough – it was so wonderful of you to fit this in at the last minute. Everyone really appreciated your professionalism and your skill – I’ve had a number of people comment to me how great you were.
Jeff, Gab and I can’t thank you ENOUGH for such an AMAZING job at our wedding a few weeks ago. You and Fernando were so patient, so warm, so professional – but also able to get your groove on and keep it fun! Thank you for putting in the extra effort in the frigid temperatures and late hours – you were both so WONDERFUL!! We couldn’t imagine having anyone else as our photographers!
Joanne and Gabriel
Jeffrey, Thank you so much for the pictures!! They are fantastic!! I am so excited to print them and give some to our friends and family […] It’s going to be a real challenge to decide which ones to frame.
Jessica & Jeff
We are so very happy with the photos. It’s going to be tough trying to pick 3 for the invitation. You are so very creative! You are very good at this Jeff! Thanks for the extra shots, we had a nice time of Friday eve, after I relaxed a little : ) […] We like your work and having you as our photographer would give us great peace of mind and less stress! Thanks again. We are so glad that we found you : )
Kamy & Rohan
I must say, I LOVE the pictures…I had a hard time determining my top 5, so that is usually a good sign. ; )
Catherine & Jeff
Salut Jeffrey, je voulais juste vous remercier pour les photos. Elles sont très jolies et je vais vous garder dans ma liste de contacts pour lorsque j’aurai un évènement et que j’aurai besoin de vos services…Keep doing what you’re doing because you’re realllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy good at it. Thanks a lot
Received the disc you dropped off Jeff – thank you so much! The pics look so wonderful – love all the shots and especially the one of Rachel and Zac against the barn board in B & W – you have a way with the camera Jeff – it is a gift.
Diane & Rob
Amazing photos!….Thanks again for taking them…they turned out great.
Thank you so much! you are really good at what you do. I will definitely mention your name if any of my friends need a photographer.
Thanks Jeff, these pictures are fantastic! Thanks so much for sending them. It was such a cool moment and to have it captured in these images is very special. Thanks again and I will most certainly pass your name along!
Thanks so much for the pictures Jeff. It’s really appreciated and believe me, once any of us has some type of event happening in the near future, we’ll make sure to have your services. Especially since we have your business information. Will pass the word along […] Amazing job again and thanks for making the night more memorable than it already was!
Wow! What fantastic pictures! You made the event look so professional and wonderful! You’ve truly captured the spirit of that day. I loved the photo of the room with all of the gorgeous woodwork. Once again, thank you so very much for taking such beautiful photos. […] We’ve already had one request for your name and coordinates! I know who I’ll be calling when I need a photographer 😉