We have received the following anonymous complaint for an ad that we have in a local magazine… here’s a link to the online magazine, the ad is on page 28.
P.S. We did the cover too! 😉
“The add for tommy charles photography on page 28 of the Ourlok Fall 2010 issue was most disappointing.
“The Senior Image” as it was titled presents a minor is a “sexpot” manner that I am sure offended many readers.I only hope enough other individuals contact you with objection that you rethink your endorsement of such material.”
Despite the fact that we have received numerous raves and positive feedback on this ad, as well as all of our work, and the model and mom are thrilled, there are always a few more “vocal”, old-fashioned souls that seem to gain the attention, despite their lack of command of spelling or grammar.
All of our sessions are customized to the individual’s personal preferences and we seek to take images that reflect the subject the way they see themselves. This is our style of photography, a little edgy, and that is what sets us apart. We certainly don’t set out to portray our seniors as “sexpots”, (as a matter of fact we often have to stop and have our client “adjust” their clothing), however, the public is growing tired of the same “cheesy” poses traditionally taken by other photographers, and the majority of our business comes from those who are disgruntled with such experiences.
One of the most gratifying things about what we do is when we see the self confidence that these young people gain after seeing their photos and realizing that they too are beautiful without starving themselves or resorting plastic surgery to fix some imaginary flaw, the images are just them.
We give them options; their poses and choices of photos are theirs. In this particular case these were our “Cypress Model’s” favorites. If everyone had only one opinion and one style there would only be a need for one photographer, this is America it is about the freedom of CHOICE. We will not apologize for our style, or for giving our customers what they ask for; if a client wants the more traditional images, we shoot what they want too.
Again this is an opinion issue and all we can do is explain our position as a company trying to stand apart with integrity and by customizing every session to the clients needs and wants. There is no way to “justify” what is acceptable to any one individual, we could never win.
Anyway, what do you think? Are these too sexy? Let us know what you think.