Rich Demanowski - Photographs

Dover, NH

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I'm highly specialized. Many child and family portrait photographers also do weddings, or commercial work, or corporate portraits. I love working with kids, so that's what I focus my business on. I'm not distracted by any other kinds of work, so I can focus on doing one thing as well as I can possibly do it. The other thing that I think sets my work apart, is that I have adopted the philosophy of Jaques-Henri Lartigue: "I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost - that is important. If they are art objects at the same time, that's fine with me."

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love working with kids. A lot of photographers are afraid of kids - their unpredictability, the potential for chaos, their sometimes un-cooperative nature ... I love that stuff. I love being around their boundless energy, their curiosity, their often quirky imaginations. I do what I do by letting the kids BE kids, and observing them as they are.
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Dover, NH 03820

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What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes. As Henry Giroux so eloquently stated, "There is no difference between living and learning." You're either growing your you're dying. I make it a point, at least once a year, to take a week or two to go somewhere like Santa Fe and study with the masters of my craft. I've been privileged to be mentored by the likes of Joyce Tenneson, Paul Elledge, Jock Sturges, and Frank Ockenfels, and I intend to continue learning from the best until the day I die.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
The most important thing when hiring someone to make portraits for you, is to be sure you love the work they've produced in the past. You're going to be displaying these images in the most important place in the world - your home! - and you want to make sure you will absolutely LOVE them. Therefore it is essential that you look at many photographers' work, and find someone whose style truly appeals to you - because chances are, they'll produce photographs very much like that for you. The ones that are the best at it are those who have a distinctive "look" to their imagery, and don't try to be all things to all people.