It's easy to work with adults, even demanding ones. But with babies?
I got a recommendation from another San Francisco mom to use Loic Nicolas for our family portraits, and when my son turned six months old, which was a milestone to celebrate as a family, I went to Loic for pictures of Jayden and impromptu snapshots of us trying to keep up with him.
Loic was very professional, spot-on with his eye, and more importantly, he was unflappable while working with our baby, who started out in a good mood but grew tired and therefore very cranky as the hour went on. Loic snapped all kinds of fantastic candids of our son, and the raw, untouched files looked absolutely great. I have gotten nothing but raving positive comments from family and friends about our pictures. Loic has a way of bringing out the best look from our baby, and for that, we would use his skills again before going to anyone else.
I decided to work with a seasoned photographer like Loic instead of with a discount studio such as Sears Portrait Studio or The Picture People. As a family, we discussed our options, and we compared costs. Loic's packages are quite reasonable because you get unlimited poses of your baby or children, and you do want a large pool from which to select the best poses for keepsake photographs. The discount studios lure you in with coupons and seemingly low prices but charge by the pose; you often have to read the fine print on the real costs of printing and obtaining extra prints. The Picture People doesn't even offer to put pictures on CD, as I inquired about digital storage and reprints. The only reason for that is they want you to spend more money on reprint packages instead of using an online print service such as Kodak Gallery. After using Loic, we have enough pictures to fill an entire art book chock-full of glossies of our son as gifts to family. Furthermore, some of the picture mill studios rush you in and out, and the quality varies greatly from location to location, and from photographer to photographer on duty. We made the right decision with private photography, and we couldn't have made a better choice than Loic.
I recommend Loic Nicolas without reservation and would urge anyone with babies or children to invest in his services instead of going to a discount studio, as you will get outstanding pictures of which you can be proud and which you show off to everyone. Loic's professional photos just look more engaging, more special and precious, and better capture your child's personality and different moods than a regular studio outfit. As a final note, I will add that Loic was highly communicative and always responsive in my all email correspondence with him, and he was accommodating with our busy family schedule.--JP