Your family is changing so
fast, isn't it? Your children (and yes, they will be your
"children" even when they're married and have kids of their own)
are growing up, and becoming more like adults every day. Don't you
wish you could just "freeze time" and hold these special moments
My name is Peter Mikkalsen,
and capturing wonderful family memories is what I've devoted my life to.
I'm a professional family photographer, but more than that, I'm just like
you... I'm a family person.
Can Stop The Clock. Memories Are The Most Valuable Thing We Own.
Can you relate to this at
all? I wake up every morning and wonder where the time is going. Do you
ever do that? Have you noticed that, the older you and your family get, the
faster time seems to fly? There's one thing I do regret...
Would Give Just About ANYTHING IN THE WORLD To Have A Fine Family Portrait
Of my family taken 25 years ago...
What I wouldn't give to be
able to go back in time, and capture those moments on film. That's one of
the reasons I became a professional photographer - I want to help other
families hold on to their family memories forever, and never regret not
having a family portrait done.
This Page You'll See And Hear From Families In the NW and Bay Area Who Have
Had Their Lives Forever Enriched By the Lasting Memories Of Family
But There Were Things Even They Didn't Know When They Started Looking For A
If you're at all like most
of the families on this website, you probably haven't given a lot of
thought to having a family portrait created. Don't worry - that's
pretty normal. You've got a lot of things going on in your life.
Life is busier and crazier
"We used this
picture for our holiday greeting card and received so many accolades that
it will be impossible to exceed next year without bringing Peter
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than ever in 2012, and family life
in particular seems to be happening at an ever-accelerating pace.
Myths, Mistakes, And Misconceptions About Having A Family Portrait Created
- The Stuff 99% Of All People In The World Don't Know:
By visiting my website, you
must at least be considering having a portrait of your family created.
Well, that's great - you will probably never make a decision that will
bring you more lasting joy. However, there are some things you NEED
to know before you and your loved ones step in front of any camera.
By the time you finish reading this single page, you will know everything
you need to know about how to have the perfect family portrait created -
the one you will cherish forever!
You may feel that having a
family portrait done is going to be a lot of work on your part. Well, it
isn't! In fact, that could almost be one of the "myths or
mistakes" right there. As long as you know the information on this
site, it won't be any work at all on your part.
....So, let's jump right in!
and I have had the pleasure of working with Peter on three different
occasions. We first met Peter when we wanted to capture and celebrate
our wedding engagement in 2003. We were thrilled with the outcome and
cherish the memories that were captured that day as well as the day of our
wedding in 2004. Our relationship with Peter has continued as he
recently came to our home and photographed my husband, two-year-old
daughter, walker hound and myself. We are more than thrilled with the
outcome. He worked his magic and all four of us look great
in the photo; not something that happens very often!
Peter is personable,
professional and an extremely likable individual. I highly recommend
his services, and have done so numerous times since our incredible
experience in 2003. We couldn't be happier!
Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:
Way To GUARANTEE I Will Love My Family
WRONG! Depending on who
creates your family portrait, that is. Just suppose you had a family
portrait created, and your son or daughter didn't look natural in it.
The photograph was "ok," but it didn't turn out
spectacular. Should you have to pay for it? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I
believe strongly that no one should ever have to pay for a photograph that
isn't PERFECT. That's why I am the only photographer around to offer the following guarantee:
THIS OUT - A Guarantee Unlike Any You've Ever Heard:
Your Family Doesn't Look The Happiest & Best They've Ever Looked
Together In These Photographs - If You Don't Cry (tears of joy) When You
Look At Them - You Don't Pay Me For Them.
That's my guarantee and personal promise
to you. As far as I know, there's no other photographer around that will
make you this super guarantee. These photographs will be completely
meaningless to you unless they convey the real emotions and relationships
between you and your loved ones. That's the only real reason to have a
family portrait created.
So, if FOR ANY REASON you
feel that the photographs I create for you are anything less than perfect -
if you don't actually cry when I show them to you for the first time, you
don't pay me for them. It's that simple.
I'm totally confident that the portraits I create of you and your family
will be well beyond anything you imagine. I believe completely that
these photographs will become your most prized possessions - that, if your
house were on fire, you would grab them on the way out of your burning
home. This is not arrogance. I can't stand arrogance. No, this is a
complete belief in my abilities to capture natural, real emotions and
family relationships on film unlike anyone else. That's what I've
devoted my life to, and that's why I can't wait to photograph your family
To Restate, Here's My Fantastic DOUBLE GUARANTEE:
you are not THRILLED with your photographs - if you are dissatisfied for ANY
reason at all, I will do two things for you:
1st - At NO CHARGE, I will photograph
your family again, and make sure that anything that wasn't perfect is
fixed, without you paying another cent.
2nd - If I am absolutely unable to
thrill you - if I'm unable to create a photograph that you feel you will
cherish forever, I will refund EVERY PENNY you invested in them. You
don't pay for your photographs unless you love them beyond expression!
If I don't end up being your
photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer offers this strong of
a guarantee. If they are good, they should back up their work by taking all
the risk off of you.
Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:
"All Family Portraits Are Created Equal."
Nothing could be further from the truth. If you're at all like most
people, you've probably had this question going through your mind:
"How do I choose the right photographer?" In fact, you may even
have thought of someone in your family - an uncle, a grandparent, even a
friend - who is a bit of an amateur photographer. Why not just have
that person create the photograph of your family?
Question: "Just Suppose
Someone Were To Create The Perfect Family Portrait - One Where You And Your
Loved Ones Looked Better Than Ever, Happier Than Ever - A Portrait That
Meant The World To You - What Would That Be Worth?"
No price tag can be put on
your family's memories. They are and always will be priceless. So,
why would you ever want to gamble with those memories? It's just a
question of whether you believe a portrait of your family could really mean
that much to you.
If you were sick, and had
to go to a doctor, would you want the "cheapest" doctor, or the
best one? Well, there's really no question. It's the same thing with
your family's memories. You can certainly find a cheaper photographer
in town. But there are other things to consider than just price...
Photographer You Choose Should Care About YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR MEMORIES,
Not Just About "Making A Buck" Off You.
I pride myself on becoming
a family friend of every family I photograph. I've even had some
clients invite me to their houses for birthday parties and such. You see, I
didn't get into photography to get rich. Believe me, there are better
(and easier) ways to make a fast buck. I actually went to college to
become an engineer. I could be making a WHOLE lot of money if I'd stayed in
that line of work.
But I CHOSE to become a
professional family photographer. Why did I make that career choice?
Because I finally realized that all the money in the world meant nothing to
me if I didn't feel like I was making a difference.
Time is the one thing that
none of us have enough of. It's the one thing that money can't
buy. It's the one thing that we all would give just about anything
for. Through photography, we can hold on to the moments in our lives
that we wish could last forever. And, if it's done correctly, these
same photographs can become almost like works of art that we display in our
homes for everyone to see and share.
Make The Decision As To Who Will Photograph Your Family Until You Chat With
Me. There Are Things You'll Want To Ask The Photographers...
There's no cost, and no
obligation to just chat with me, and it will make the whole difference as
to how great your portraits will look. Simply CLICK HERE to find out how to contact me by phone, just to
Don't worry. I'm not going
to try to "sell you" on working with me. I'm already very busy,
and I don't need to pressure anyone to work with me as a photographer. I'll
just talk to you about your portraits, and help you discover what your
photographs could be like.
If you decide to have me
create your portraits - great. If not, no problem.
Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:
"Family Portraits Have To Be Created In A Professional
Studio - And They Have To Look Boring."
If you're like most people,
when you think of a PROFESSIONAL family portrait, you think of all of you
gathered in front of a "painted background" in a photography
studio, posed unnaturally, and all saying "cheese" as the
photographer snaps the picture. Now, is that something any family
will cherish for a lifetime? I think not. Yes, it may capture
the whole family together, but it will never capture your family
relationships - your family's love.
Picture instead: All of you
gathered in your favorite room in your home. Or outside on the new
deck you just had built. Or in your backyard by the pine trees that
give your yard so much character. All of you are dressed in clothes
the photographer helped you choose - clothing that conveys your individual
personalities, but still looks great together.
Well, that's what makes all
the difference, and that's what I will do for you.
This is SO Important: All Of You Feel Totally Comfortable In Front Of
Do you know ANYONE who
feels totally comfortable in front of a camera? I'll bet you don't. I
don't. Nearly everyone I've ever met tells me the same thing: "I never
look natural in pictures." The last thing you want is a
photograph where you or your family members have that fake
"posed" look on your face.
That's why it's so
important that you feel very natural and comfortable with your
photographer. Just think of how great your family would look if your
best friend was creating the photograph. They would all look so happy
and natural! I take pride in developing very close relationships with all
my clients, and their entire family.
Plus, I understand the
"psychology" of photography. Learning the technical aspects
- what lenses to use, what lighting looks best, how clothing adds and
subtracts weight on film - all of those things were only the tip of the
iceberg. Without being able to make each and every one of your family
members look and feel comfortable (and natural) on film, all those
technical things would amount to nothing.
NEVER hear me utter the words "say cheese."
That's a surefire way of
getting expressions that look totally fake and unnatural. No - a great
photographer knows that, in order to get a great expression from a subject,
you need to get to know that subject a bit - to know what will make them
smile naturally. That's what I do, and I love it! I will get to
know your whole family so well, and they will feel so comfortable with me,
that their expressions will be perfect every time.
Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:
"There's No One To Help Me Make Choices About Clothing,
Hair, Makeup, Location, etc..."
Okay, normally you would be
right thinking that. However, I pride myself in being different. I'm going
to help you with all of those things, WHETHER I'M YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER OR NOT!
Years Of Experience Photographing Families - Yours FREE - Without Any
Okay, by now you are
probably considering having a family portrait created. You may even be
considering choosing me as your photographer - but I don't want you to make
that decision just yet.
No matter who creates your
photographs for you, you will need to make some decisions. What clothing
should your family wear? Where should this photograph be created? How heavy
should the makeup be on the ladies in the photograph? There are a number of
things to think about, and I will walk you through all of them personally.
SHOULD YOU DO RIGHT THIS SECOND? (and why?)
Pick up the phone, and call my studio. CLICK
HERE for the number.
Even if it's after business
hours, still call right now. I've got an answering machine that is just
waiting to cheerfully take your message, and I'll personally call you back
so we can chat. Just let me know when is a good time to call you
back. Don't worry, I'm not going to try to "pressure" you at all
into working with me. Plus, there's no cost at all for us just to
When you call, we'll chat
briefly about the things you need to know. I'll tell you a bit about me.
I'll answer all your questions about how to prepare for a family portrait.
It won't be a long call, but it will be one of the most important calls you
Myth, Mistake Or Misconception:
"There's No Rush To Have A Family Portrait Created
You know how things are. If
you don't pick up the phone right now, and at least call me to chat about
your family portrait, you will probably get swamped with other things, and
forget all about it. Then, before you know it, a year - two years -
five years have gone by. How different will your family be then?
You see, time is
ticking.... and it's never going to stop.
Your Child Takes His or Her First Step. Next, Learns To Ride A Bike. Later,
Gets A Driver's Licence. Graduates From High School. Gets
Married. Starts A Family Of His or Her Own.
These are precious times,
and although things will change, this moment never has to slip from your
Don't put this off.
You know how life is. We put things off, and before we know it, everything
has changed. If your life is half as crazy as mine is, year after
year you find yourself frustrated at the things you wanted to do, and never
got done. A family portrait is something you deserve.
You Will Save 50% By Acting Right Now!
Just suppose you call my
studio and chat with me. Just suppose you decide you would like me to
be your photographer. As long as you are one of the first 49 PEOPLE
to call me (for your FREE chat), I will send you a 50% OFF certificate in
the mail that will allow you to deduct 50% off the creation of your family
What does that mean? All
you do is call me to chat. I'll answer all your questions about family photography.
I'll send you your 50% off certificate. If you decide to have your family
portrait created by me, you may use this certificate to save 50% off the
creation of your images! It's that simple!
HERE to see a copy of the
certificate I will send you!
Family Story - How A Woman's Love For Her Grandfather And The Picture She
Will Cherish Forever..."
CLICK HERE to
read this TRUE story - it still brings a tear to my eye, and it truly shows
how much your portraits could mean to you...
Life is so terribly short.
But, at the same time, life is such a wonderful gift. And the
memories we keep of these moments with our family will last forever.
Your Family Portrait Will Become More Valuable To You Than Anything Else In
Do you have a photograph of
your family that, if you were running from your burning home, would be the
one thing you save (other than your family members, of course) on the way
Now, I'm not talking about
a "snapshot" that was taken during a family outing on the Fourth
Of July. I'm talking about a wonderful photograph, created by a
professional photographer, that not only captures your family's true bonds
and relationships, but also does so in a way that you'd be proud to display
openly in your home for the rest of your life.
Not Too Late. This Moment, Right Now, Can Be Held Onto For The Rest Of Your
Life - For You To Share With Family And Friends.
You don't have to make a
big decision right now. You don't have to choose your photographer - you
don't even have to decide that now is the time for your family portrait.
Just take one small step toward holding onto your family's happiest moments
Call My Studio, And We'll Chat. And, Remember, If You Decide You Want Me To
Create Your Family Portrait, Save 50% Off It's Creation. It's All Up
Once again, CLICK
HERE for my studio number,
and you can call any time. If I don't answer, just leave your name and
number at the beep, and I'll call you back. If you're thinking of this
family photograph as a GIFT FOR SOMEONE, let me know, so when I call back,
I only ask for you, and don't spoil the surprise!
Perfect Family Portrait Is Only One Phone Call Away...
Make the call now. It will
be a call you will be glad you made for the rest of your life. I look
forward to hearing from you.
P.S. - Remember, call me just to chat, and
if you're one of the first 49 people to do so, I will send you a CERTIFICATE
FOR 50% OFF the creation of
your family portraits! There's no cost, and no obligation for this chat.
Your family portraits shouldn't be trusted to any photographer who doesn't
realize what a responsibility it is to make sure these portraits are
perfect. These are your memories - don't trust them to just anyone.
You've nothing to lose, and so many great memories to gain. Call my studio
now - no cost, no obligation - CLICK HERE TO CALL ME (no cost, no
P.P.S. - STILL NOT READY TO CALL?
That's okay. I can still give you some more secrets FOR FREE in the
mail. If you'd like more information about family photography rushed
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