I think social media is amazing for many reasons, at the top of the list is the ability to turn online connections into real life relationships. I’ve experienced this many times, from tweetups to business meetings, and I marvel at how far we have come with technology over the last decade. Recently I wrote a post asking if there was a photographer in the San Francisco area that would be available to join me for an afternoon at Alcatraz Island with my kids, and advertised it only via my blog, Facebook and Twitter. I wasn’t sure what kind of a response I would get, and was surprised that I actually received over a dozen serious inquiries! Photographers from the very new to the very experienced got in touch with me, and all of them sounded great. I ended up picking Matthias Giezendanner from Matthias Photography, he sounded like he would really fit in well with me and the four kids, the pictures on his site looked great, and his bio really made the decision for me.
As he writes, “…relationships are what make great and unique pictures. That’s why I love documenting people, their families, and their celebrations and sincerely enjoy developing a working friendship with my clients.” That was exactly the attitude I was hoping to find, and I wasn’t disappointed when we met Matthias a few Saturdays ago. In fact, he greatly exceeded my expectations.
Part of the deal that I advertised was that I would write a post about the photographer, pointing to their site, and then put up several tweets about it. What I didn’t expect is that the experience would be so incredible and perfect that I would want to write more than just an obligatory “go visit this person’s site”. Spending that day with my children was such a personal experience and one that I wanted to remember with pictures, and Matthias didn’t just take a lot of pictures that will help with that (although honestly I would have been happy with that level of service), he truly captured the mood and the feel of our adventure together, and so perfectly caught the kids’ personalities in his images.
When he sent me a link to the photos I was excited, but when I started looking through them I was just blown away. He caught the playfulness and bond of my two youngest, the beauty and joy of my oldest daughter and the pensive introspection and kindness of my oldest son. I was mesmerized by the images, and they brought back the joy and excitement of that day immediately. As I write this and look back over those pictures again, I’m just stricken by how well they turned out.
Beyond the amazing photography, our day with Matthias was a true joy. He was with us during very personal times, and also exploring and heading in every direction in a sea of people at a popular tourist destination. My kids felt comfortable with him right away and in a very short time they seemed to forget that he was taking pictures of us. He laughed with us, he saw the world through the eyes of a child at times and as such was able to anticipate and capture the moments that he saw coming. We had such an amazing time with him, and Matthias made everything comfortable, easy and memorable.
If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and are in need of a photographer for your personal moments, like a wedding, an engagement or something unique like a day at Alcatraz Island, I can honestly and enthusiastically recommend Matthias Giezendanner. He is professional, attentive, unassuming, gentle and artistic. Please go visit his site, look at his work, then get in touch with him. I have no doubt that, like me, you will look forward to another time that you will be able to work with him. Thank you Matthias for all that you did, you perfectly captured a very special day to me.