Is Your Photographer Client Friendly? | siriani photography

Dear Complaint Department,

Do you want to know one of the most common complaints that I hear from clients about big name photography studios in the Spokane/ CDA area?  Shhh, it’s a little dirty secret.  The biggest complaint has to do with how the customer is treated during the process.  You think when you spend thousands of dollars on photography that you will be treated like an important customer.  You believe that your images should be turned back to you in a timely manner and that your photographer will be responsive. Guess what?  I agree with you.  It’s one of the reasons that I am a small boutique firm (along with the fact that I too have a lovely family to raise).  I think that when you book an appointment with me that you deserve a few things.  Do you want to know what those things are? I believe that you should get my freshest, most creative efforts for your newborn, child, senior, or family appointment.

I don’t do ANYTHING cookie cutter.  The minute I start to do that I will be OUT of this business.  If I am bored, you will be too!  I believe you should be able to book an appointment not 6 months out but in a reasonable period of time and have your questions answered quickly and efficiently.  Neither one of us has time to waste!  I believe you should have your proof available in about a week (not weeks or months).  I believe that once you have selected your proofs, you should be able to have those proofs in hand in a super short amount of time!  On average my clients have soft-edited proofs in 7-10 days and have fully edited images or prints in hand in 2-3 weeks (almost all of that time is waiting on you NOT me).  This  senior session was no exception.  We had these images ready for viewing in around seven days!

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About the Photographer

Photographs © Tami Siriani 2016. Tami Siriani is a professional custom portrait photographer serving Coeur D’ Alene, ID, Post Falls, ID,  Liberty Lake, WA , Spokane Valley, WA, Spokane, WA, Post Falls, ID and surrounding areas.A great deal of thought and planning goes into every session.  She places an emphasis on unique story telling images that are close and colorful. To view her complete portfolio you can visit the website at: www.siriainiphotography.com.  Book your appointment today! To view my full portfolio head My website or pop over to Facebook. 

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school portraits

School portraits are usually boring and just plain ugly.  Not around here!   I am offering private schools and home school co-ops  in the Spokane / CDA area the same custom services that I offer my private clients. Boutique portraits can be indoor or outdoor.  They can be offered in the Spring or Fall, or both.  Generally I do outdoor sessions in the Fall and indoor in the Spring.  Another advantage is the ability to include a sibling shot (even little tikes, as long as they can sit up).  Here are some beautiful examples of a recent school portrait session.  Not what you would expect from a school photo session right?  This is the type of session my clients have come expecting so why would I deliver anything less? I take a high-end approach to portraiture and offer something more like a quality studio portrait. This is a service to parents, many of whom struggle to make the time for this outside of school, and at a cost that they can appreciate for this kind of work.  I strive to create portraits that reflect the quality and uniqueness of each educational atmosphere (including home school students in a co-op setting).  Your school is exceptional and I produce exceptional portraits. My goal is to raise the bar for school photography. I will exceed your expectations. If you want to book me for your school, please contact your administrator and pass along my information!

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3About the Photographer

Photographs © Tami Siriani 2016. Tami Siriani is a professional custom portrait photographer serving Coeur D’ Alene, ID, Post Falls, ID,  Liberty Lake, WA , Spokane Valley, WA, Spokane, WA, Post Falls, ID and surrounding areas.A great deal of thought and planning goes into every session.  She places an emphasis on unique story telling images that are close and colorful. To view her complete portfolio you can visit the website at: www.siriainiphotography.com.  Book your appointment today! To view my full portfolio head My website or pop over to Facebook. 

cda senior | siriani photography

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Here is a lovely senior from CDA. If you don’t live around here, you probably don’t know that Spokane Valley is less than 5 miles from the Idaho border.  This means we share a lot of things, like cheap gas (Idaho) and tax free food purchases (Washington).  When you live near the border you try to take advantage of being in that type of location!  I suppose only folks close to a border understand that!  Anyway, it means that occasionally I am discovered by a senior from Idaho.  This particular young woman is from a nearby town called Coeur D’Alene, ID  (CDA).  It doesn’t sound like it is spelled (google it).  She really wanted great portraits in a Valley location so her stuff didn’t look like every other senior in her area. CDA has a gorgeous lake and it is almost impossible to resist being photographed in front of it.    We met in a gorgeous Valley location off the beaten path during the sunset hour, because it’s my favorite for this location.

I’ve mentioned before that I try very hard to imprint a special message about each young person that I meet into my photographs.  This session is no exception.  When I looked through the lens during this session,  I see a stunning, confident, and accomplished young lady.  I hope these photographs convey that message loud and clear.

About the Photographer

Photographs © Tami Siriani 2016. Tami Siriani is a professional custom portrait photographer serving Coeur D’ Alene, ID, Post Falls, ID,  Liberty Lake, WA , Spokane Valley, WA, Spokane, WA, Post Falls, ID and surrounding areas.A great deal of thought and planning goes into every session.  She places an emphasis on unique story telling images that are close and colorful. To view her complete portfolio you can visit the website at: www.siriainiphotography.com.  Book your appointment today! To view my full portfolio head My website or pop over to Facebook. 

spokane valley senior | siriani photography

Spokane Valley Senior

We have a bunch of high schools here in Spokane Valley jam packed with graduating seniors!  I feel fortunate to be able to photograph a few of them every year.  This lovely senior girl will be graduating next spring.  Her senior session was a day to night senior session.  We began the session in a park around the golden sunset hour.  The session wrapped up a few hours later by the lake after sunset.  It was a perfect summer night. When I am photographing a senior, I work to capture her unique personality and style.  I take cues from each individual that I photograph and work hard to help you, the viewer, see what I see about her.  Do you see a beautiful confident woman?  That is what I see.

I saw an excellent article a while back about how a photographer’s perception of the subject is transmitted into their photographs. I have always felt that way. In fact, it is why I try to get to know each person that I photograph so that what I imprint on the images tells the correct story.  What is your impression of these photographs?

Spokane Valley Senior

Spokane Valley SeniorAbout the Photographer

Photographs © Tami Siriani 2016. Tami Siriani is a professional custom portrait photographer serving Coeur D’ Alene, ID, Post Falls, ID,  Liberty Lake, WA , Spokane Valley, WA, Spokane, WA, Post Falls, ID and surrounding areas.A great deal of thought and planning goes into every session.  She places an emphasis on unique story telling images that are close and colorful. To view her complete portfolio you can visit the website at: www.siriainiphotography.com.  Book your appointment today! To view my full portfolio head My website or pop over to Facebook. 

This is embarrassing, when life happens.. | siriani photography

A Little Life Story

This really IS embarrassing…. You know, when “Life happens” and important things (like this blog) become NOT so important.  When it does, it is not always pretty or business friendly.  This is a personal post so if you aren’t up for that, I suggest you click past to a previous post and read all about darling babies and handsome families!  I apologize in advance as this post is long in coming. It is currently 6:00 am on a Saturday morning and I am prepping to attend a funeral. I have been up since 5:00 am putting together a slide show of images to be played during the service.

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I have had a hard spring and and even more difficult summer.  This blog, and several other things in my

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life have suffered as a result. I started the spring with the sudden hospitalization of both my grandparents,  which eventually lead to my grandfather’s death.  This was followed by a period of adjustment and grief for my family and ended this summer with the death of my grandmother, whose funeral I am preparing for this morning.  It is a hard adjustment to loose both of them in a short period of time when they were bopping around together just a few short months ago.  I shared a little bit about photographing them back in 2009 on my Facebook site recently.  How precious those photographs are to me now.  Hold on… getting up on my soap box for a minute.  TAKE PHOTOS WITH PEOPLE YOU LOVE.  They will be gone in an instant.  Ok… getting back down now.

On top of all of that, we spent the summer working on our home of eight years,  and then sold it and alot of what we own and recently moved into a tiny apartment in the Valley to begin house hunting again.

The summer wasn’t all work and sorrow, it did have many joys as well.  My amazingly talented children are in a fiddle group called The Life marches onBack Porch Fiddlers (see photo to the right) and they played at multiple venues this summer including the amazing Rockin’ B. Ranch (ok proud mom moment).

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Oregon Coast

We took a breather from our hectic sell the house mode to rest on the Oregon Coast, which is Ah-Mazing! We generally try to visit the ocean as much as possible in the Tillamook area.  The photograph is Oceanside,OR.  We rested and ate lots of cheese!  Life does march on and just a few days after coming home from the coast I helped plan and pull off a huge celebration for my dad’s 70th birthday. My husband also celebrated a milestone birthday this summer!  In the middle of all of that was kids art and fiddle camp and a variety of boring responsible adulting.  fbimg_9856-copy1

Oh yes, I also photographed EVERYTHING…. including many events, personal projects, families, babies, seniors, etc which I will eventually post up on this blog as life settles down.  So, when you look over my blog and see the HUGE gap in dates, you will know why.  ♥

About the Photographer

Photographs © Tami Siriani 2016. Tami Siriani is a professional custom portrait photographer serving Coeur D’ Alene, ID, Post Falls, ID,  Liberty Lake, WA , Spokane Valley, WA, Spokane, WA, Post Falls, ID and surrounding areas.A great deal of thought and planning goes into every session.  She places an emphasis on unique story telling images that are close and colorful. To view her complete portfolio you can visit the website at: www.siriainiphotography.com.  Book your appointment today! To view my full portfolio head My website or pop over to Facebook. 

2 Responses to “This is embarrassing, when life happens.. | siriani photography”

  1. Roberta Wilkinson

    Hi Tammy,

    Thank you for sharing your story. I’m sorry for your loss. I know how hard is to lose grandparents that you were so close to. Your photography is beautiful and we are looking forward to meeting you in October. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us during our session and can’t wait to see the final pictures.

    Thank you,

    Roberta

  2. Barbara Lindsay

    So sorry for your loss, they obviously could not stand to be apart for long. They enriched your life and that of others year after year. Those memories will have to sustain you with your prayers until you see them again. I lost my grandparents within a year of each other too. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t feel them close to me still and it has been 30+ years. I’m sending hugs of prayer to you and yours.