How I Work
and who, what, where, when, why, and how you may fit into all this
WHO AM I: I am Ophir Palmon, a fine art photographer. My passion is photographing people in their element, using their emotions and personalities as the driving elements in creating the photograph. I have been working on my craft since 1990.
WHAT I DO: I photograph individuals, groups, and families as they go through their life experience. These life stories range from a special celebration to an ordinary day. I do all that I can to minimize my influence on the moments unfolding in front of me, and leave the scene to remain as natural and authentic as can be. My goal is to create a visual testimony of the day, free of pretense and artificiality – just the individuals in their element, their time and spirit. The finished prints or books allows my clients to emotionally revisit those scenes and relive them time and again. Click on Life Cycle and Portraiture at the top to view samples from such projects.
WHAT ELSE I DO: In addition to commissioned Life Stories projects and other for-hire photographic work, I develop and produce projects for the public interest. These projects range from abstract work to history and education. Please visit the Projects pages to view recent gallery exhibits and other works.
HOW A PROJECT IS DEVELOPED: Our first meeting aims to allow me to learn about your plans and expectations, and gives you an opportunity to ask questions about my work and creative process. We discuss the prospect of your project, and devise a tentative work plan. I explain how I would approach it artistically, and present you with a budget estimate for the project. When we decide to work together on the project, we sign a photography commission agreement. The next meeting provides additional time to go over the project in greater details. Who or what to concentrate on and when to do so, times and locations for different legs of the project, and any other details any of us can think of. Another meeting takes place closer to the project time to orient ourselves to details of the project, and for updates on any last minute changes. All these consultation meetings are free of charge.
PRODUCTION: Once all principal photography for the project has concluded, an online gallery of the project is created for you, which you can access with a dedicated link. This preview gallery allows you to view the images at your convenience, and to list a selection of images you wish to proceed with to the next stage. Your selection is then added to the preview set as a separate gallery, and helps you to streamline your final selection. At that point we may begin working on designing a book, or identify a selection of images to print and frame. You may take as much time as you find necessary to complete your selection; however, you are encouraged to do so as soon as you can. I am available to assist you with any parts of the selection process, and make sure your scope is clear and consistent. As before, all these consultation meetings are free of charge.
PRODUCTS: The last stage of each project is creating a physical memory that will be cherished for years to come. The most popular among my clients is a photo book, which can hold dozens of images and present the story in sharp details. Large framed images and smaller desktop frames are also a common choice. Copyright marked files of individually purchased images may be provided per request; however, I do not offer digital images for sale, as that precludes me from ensuring the quality of which the images are reproduced. As tempting as you may find offers of “images on a thumb drive” and similar bargains, once you witness the quality of my printed work, you will realize the difference between these options.
PRICES: All of my commissioned projects are priced based on time invested in photographing the project, and on the value of purchased products. As mentioned before, project’s development meetings and production time are not billed for. I am happy to give a rough cost estimate for a project once I have a grasp of its scale and scope. Smaller portraiture projects may total a few hundred dollars, while some Life Stories commissions may reach over three thousand dollars.
LOCATION: I follow the story and its subjects wherever they may be. Travel requirements, if applicable, are discussed and agreed upon as part of the first couple of meetings (see above). My projects have taken place at many locations around the world, and I am always happy to do that. If you are planning an event that takes place at a number of locations, note that keeping one person as the principal photographer for a project gives the project a consistent voice and solid presentation.
PAYMENTS: A deposit is made when a photography commission agreement is signed. These funds are kept as credit on your account for later use of photography time and purchased work charges. It also acts as a form of securing the dates of the project for the client, and as such is non-refundable. If a purchase amount exceeds the amount of funds available on the account, the difference must be paid at the time the order is placed.
I accept checks and PayPal payments. Credit card transactions can be made through PayPal. You must be an established client with Artistic Visions and be issued a proper link to make a PayPal payment.
HANDLING MY WORK: Each project is tailored to the vision, needs, and wishes of a specific client. I do not offer images from a project to outside parties (i.e. image banks, commercial photography). You may share the preview gallery of your project with your family, friends, and colleagues, and they may place an order on their own account. From time to time I update my website with images from recently commissioned works, but always with the approval of the client. I follow the same rule for my own projects, and for as much as someone may be recognized in an image I created, I will only publish that image with their consent.
REFUSING PROJECTS: Artistic Visions is a single-owner studio, and I perform all the photographic work by myself. I do not employ other photographers or assistants, and I always do the work which I took upon to do myself. My clients choose me for my reputation, the quality of my work, my love of art, and for my unique creativity. If I find that I cannot do a proposed project to the standards I am accustomed to and known for, or if a project contradicts my convictions or artistic taste, I will politely refuse it and explain why.
MY REPUTATION: I have over twenty-five years of experience as a photographer, with numerous life story projects and a dozen gallery exhibits to my record. In case you wish to check out recommendations, I will be happy to refer you to people I have previously worked with who can share their experience and opinion of me with you.
CONGRATULATIONS! You have read this long article all the way to the end, and I thank you for your patience. If you still have a question on these or other issues, please contact me, and I will be happy to answer.