"How I Will Help You Tell The Story Of Your Child Through Emotional, Sensitive Portraiture..."


Dear Loving Parent,


  If Your Child Is The Most Important Thing In The World To You...


If You Want A Memory You Will Cherish Forever...


   If You Realize How Quickly Things Can Change...


 This web site Will Be Priceless To You...



There's Nothing Like Being A Parent. You'll Do Anything For Your Child.  And When Your Child Smiles, It's The Most Wonderful Sight In The World...


 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 children get, the faster time seems to fly?


   What would a beautiful professional picture of your child mean to you in 20 or 25 years? There's still time, but every day, your child's smile changes a little. This kind of picture is not an accident.  They are not snapshots and they are not overly posed in any way.


   You know your child better than anyone else in the world.  You know his or her "real" smile, and you know his or her "fake" smile.  But, you know what? Other people can tell the difference too.  We all can. You've seen photographs where you could tell the photographer just posed the child and said "say cheese!"  The lighting may have been good. The professional photography studio background might have been nice. But that fake expression that happens when a child is PROMPTED to smile - that just makes the picture look like a snapshot instead of a special captured moment in your child's life.


 Imagine How Wonderful Your Child's Expression Will Be When The Photographer Has Become Your Child's FRIEND.


   Children are very smart. They don't just blindly trust anyone.  And they NEVER show their true expressions to someone they don't know and trust.  As a professional children's photographer in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, I realized I needed to be able to connect with the children in a very real way. They won't fall for fake attention. You have to genuinely love children! Fortunately I do!  In addition to my 20 years as a professional children's photographer, I also have 20 years of experience as a child psychologist in a way.


That's What Makes All The Difference!  The Perfect Portrait of Your Child Is Priceless - And It's ONLY Possible If The Children's Photographer Understands How To Work With Your Child To Bring Out Those Natural Expressions.


   So many photographers actually FEAR children.  Well, we can understand that, right? Children can be pretty scary sometimes.  Working with other people's children could be very intimidating. For most photographers, they don't even meet your child until the couple of minutes allowed to photograph them.  So, your child is sitting there, under all these bright lights, in a strange place, in front of some strange person he or she has never met before.  How scary is that?  It's no wonder most photographers have to resort to telling children to "say cheese" in order to get any expression even resembling a smile.


 But That's Not Good Enough.  Your Child Is Only Going To Be This Age RIGHT NOW - You Deserve The Perfect Portrait To Capture This Moment In Time Forever.


  When you find the right Tuscaloosa photographer, a photographer who doesn't merely understand photography, but also understands how to capture your child's best expressions, you have found a new friend you will value for the rest of you life. This photographer will STOP TIME, and capture a cherished memory that you will be able to relive every day of your life.


   Nothing means more to me than family memories. No one (other than maybe the rest of your family) understands what your child means to you more than I do.  That's one of the reasons I became a professional children's photographer - I want to help other parents hold on to their family memories forever, and never regret not having a special professional photograph of their child created.


Question:  "Just Suppose Someone Were To Create The Perfect Portrait of Your Child - One Where Your Child 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 children could really mean that much to you.


The 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 child I photograph.  I've even have clients invite me to 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. But I CHOSE to become a professional children's photographer in Tuscaloosa, AL.  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 in people's lives! We all have "gifts" we are meant to share with others. Photography is mine. I hope that doesn't come across as too arrogant. All I'm saying is that I hope you have chosen a career that takes advantage of your gifts and if you have, I'm sure you are much better at that career than I would be! Professional photography is mine and I love it!


I realized that childhood Memories Were Priceless - That There Are Few More Noble Or Wonderful Professions Than To Become A "Memory Keeper."


I Have A Family Of My Own In Tuscaloosa, AL  And I Swore I Would Be Sure To Capture The Memories Of My Children Through Fine Portraiture.


   Time is one thing that none of us have enough of.  It's 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 professional photographs can become works of art that we display in our homes for everyone to see and share.


Don't Make The Decision As To Who Will Photograph Your Child 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. My studio number is:


 (205) 750-0222.


   Don't worry. I'm not going to try to "sell you" on working with me. I'm already very busy photographing Tuscaloosa, Alabama families and children, and I don't feel comfortable pressuring anyone to work with me as a photographer.  I'll just talk to you about your children's portraits and help you discover what your children's photography could be like.


   If you decide to have me create your children's photography - great!  If I'm not the right children's photographer for you and your family, that's OK too. When it comes to children's photography, it's really not one size fits all. I understand how important is is that you find the right children's photographer for you!


Throughout This Tuscaloosa Photography Web Site, You'll See And Hear From Parents In Tuscaloosa, AL Who Have Had Their Lives Forever Enriched By the Lasting Memories Of Children's Portraits ---


But There Were Things They Didn't Know When They Started Looking For A  Tuscaloosa Children's Photographer...


   If you're like most parents, when you first thought of having a professional portrait created of your child, you probably pictured in your mind a tiny photography studio, with a painted background, some bright lights, with your child sitting cross-legged on a stool looking nervous. Maybe you even thought of a family member or friend of yours who fancies himself or herself as a "Amateur Children's Photographer." Maybe you thought of having this person do a quick photograph of your child, and you'd call that good enough.  You're not alone. Most parents think about having a friend take pictures of their children at first....


   ...but then, just like the other parents on my site, something made you decide to check out my website. You probably saw some of the children's photography I've created and said to yourself "I'd like to have some pictures of my child like that."  Maybe you realized you'll never get another chance to make this professional portrait of you child, you're not going to trust it to just anyone.


The 4 VITAL Things To Look For In Your Tuscaloosa Children's Photographer - The Secrets Any Parent Looking For A Children's Photographer Need To Know!


   By reading this far, you must at least be considering having a professional portrait of your child 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 your son or daughter steps in front of any camera. By the time you finish reading this photography web site, you will know everything you need to know about how to have the perfect portrait of your child created - the picture you will cherish forever! The picture, there on the wall, that catches the attention of everyone who comes to your home. The picture that everyone raves about!


   There are 5 VITAL things you must look for in a children's photographer!  If your photographer is missing any one of these things, your child's pictures will be much less than they should be. Demand that your Tuscaloosa children's photographer does each and every one of these things! Really, I feel so strongly about children's photography that I want you to find the best children's photographer in Tuscaloosa for you even if it isn't me! Great children's photography is priceless and I absolutely hate to hear the many regrets people have shared with me about not having known better than just look for the cheapest price or hiring a friend or a friend of a friend to do their children's photography. No, I'm not the most expensive Tuscaloosa children's photographer, but I can also guarantee that if you just find the cheapest Tuscaloosa photographer, you will not be getting the best children's photography you could have had.


   You may feel like getting the best children's portrait done is going to be a lot of work on your part.  Well, it isn't! As long as you know the information on this website, it won't be any work at all on your part. It'll be fun!


                                             ....So, let's jump right in and get you started getting the best children's pictures you can!


 #1 Thing Your Photographer MUST DO:

 Demand That Your Photographer GUARANTEE You Will Love Your Child's Portraits.


   Most photographers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama WILL NOT DO THIS! Just suppose you had a 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 offer the following guarantee:


If Your Child Doesn't Look The Most Beautiful He Or She Has Ever Looked In These Photographs - 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 near me that will make you this great of a guarantee.  These photographs will be completely meaningless to you unless they convey the real emotions and personality of your child.  That's the only real reason to have a children's portrait created.


   So, if FOR ANY REASON you feel that the photographs I create for you are anything less than perfect, you don't pay me for them. It's that simple.




   Obviously, I'm totally confident that the portraits I create for you 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 god given abilities to capture natural, real emotions from children in portraits. That's what I've devoted my life to, and that's why I can't wait to photograph your child for you.


If I don't end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer offers this strong of a guarantee. If they are professional and really good at what they do, they should back up their photography by taking all the risk off of you.


#2 Thing Your Photographer MUST DO:


 Your Local Photographer Should Offer You A Choice Of Portrait Studio Photography or Location Photography


This is such an important point - for so many reasons! First of all, your children's portrait should be planned out for the best feel for you and your child. You may be looking for a formal portrait of your child, or you may be looking for children's photography with a more casual feel. You child's personality and age may be better suited for a setting in a professional photography studio or on a location photograph session. Your photographer should be able to objectively help you with this decision. If your photographer can't offer you a choice, they are most likely to just try to persuade you to do the limited type of photography that they can offer.


Sometimes it is also good to have a backup plan. I'm sure I don't have to tell you about how unpredictable Alabama weather can be! Sometimes, there is an important reason for the time and date of a professional photography session. Well, if we have planned an outdoor photography shoot and the weather just isn't cooperating, sometimes is is nice to have a professional photography studio to fall back on. Don't get me wrong, if you really want outdoor children's pictures and the weather isn't right on the day have them planned, I will be glad to reschedule, but if for some reason it really needs to be that day, we have options.


URGENT:  MAJOR Myth, Mistake Or Misconception About Your Child's Photography:


"There's No Rush To Have A Professional Portrait Of Your Child Created Right Now."


   Before we continue with the 6 THINGS YOUR TUSCALOOSA PHOTOGRAPHER MUST DO, let's talk about this for a moment.  So many people seam to think they have all the time in the world to have a professional portrait of their child created.


   But, you know how things are.  If you don't pick up the phone right now, and at least call me  205 750-0222 to chat about your child's portrait, you will probably get swamped with other things, and forget all professional pictures.  Then, before you know it, a year - two years - five years have gone by. How different will your son or daughter be by then? You will never be able to get those pictures you've missed out on. Have you ever heard anyone say, "I wish I hadn't gotten some many pictures of my children." Of course not! You will always be glad you did get your baby pictures.


   Time is ticking.... and it's never going to stop.


First, Your Child Takes His or Her First Step. Next, Learns To Ride A Bike. Later, Gets A Driver's License.  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 fingers.


   Don't put professional pictures 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 portrait of your child - as he or she is right now - shouldn't be one of those things.


Plus, You Will Save 50% Off The Creation Of Your Children's Portraits 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 child's photographer.  As long as you are one of the first 5 to call (for your FREE chat), I will deduct 50% off the sitting fee for your child's portraits - NO MATTER WHEN YOU DECIDE TO HAVE THE PORTRAITS TAKEN WITH ME!


   What does that mean? You don't have to actually have the photograph created immediately - just call me to chat.  If, after that call, you decide you want me to be your photographer, I'll photograph your child for 50% off my regular fee.




Pick up the phone, and call my studio. 205 750-0222 is 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 having me be your childrens photographer.  Plus, there's no cost at all for us just to chat about what you are looking for in your pictures.


   When you call, we'll chat briefly about the things you need to know about getting prepared for perfect pictures. This does take some planning to make sure everything about your pictures is perfect. I'll tell you a bit about me and my process for taking pictures.  I'll answer all your questions about how to prepare for your child's portrait - including things I don't have time to put on this photography web site. It won't be a long call, but it will be one of the most important calls you make.


#3 Thing Your Photographer MUST DO:


 The Photographer MUST Allow At Least ONE HOUR To Photograph Your Child!!


   This is a biggie.  Most photographers are trying to crank so many sessions through in a day, they only have a short amount of time to photograph each subject. Did you know that the average child photographer spends ONLY 12.5 MINUTES photographing a child?!  That's insane! Some children are just starting to get comfortable in the first 20 minutes of a photography session.


   Fine children's photography is like a great meal in a fine restaurant: It CAN'T be rushed. The photographer is like your personal chef, preparing the meal for you. The photographer is going to have to "add all the right spices" into the photograph to make it just right.  This takes a bit of patience, and a lot of focus. If your photographer knows that in about 20 minutes the next client is going to show up, you're not going to get the attention you deserve.


   Now, it may not take the whole hour to photograph your child.  However, I ALWAYS set aside at least one hour for every regular child session I book. I do occasionally I do run photography specials on mini sessions, but those photography sessions aren't really as personalized as what we are talking about here. The point of a mini session is just to save money. Now I have done some sessions that only took about 20 minutes or so to get a number of stunning images, but the point is - it's vital to leave that much time open.  Don't let your photographer rush through this.  Remember, these are your memories, and it's up to you to make sure your photographer realizes his or her responsibility to you and your child.


If I don't end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer is willing to spend as much time as it takes creating the perfect images for you - this cannot be rushed!


#4 Thing Your Photographer MUST DO:


 Make Your Child Feel Totally Comfortable By Using A Favorite Stuffed Animal, Pet, or Toy.


   I love this part.  You see, this is a two-fold benefit here. It's going to make your child so much more comfortable during their pictures, and at the same time, it's going to add yet another level of personalization to the final photographs. As you know, children love familiarity.  Nothing can calm them down like that "security blanket" they love to haul around the house, or that special beat-up raggedy old stuffed animal that Grandma gave them on their first birthday, or that cherished family pet that is like their best friend. These personal items you included in your children's photography will bring back memories in years to come and make the pictures that much more special.  Imagine the wonderful photographs that will come from allowing your child to play with something that is so special to him or her.  Some of the most emotional and memorable portraits I've ever created involved a child playing with a toy or a pet or even a family music box.  We've all seen children almost seem to "slip into another world" when they play with certain things. Those are the moments I live for, and those are the moments I'm going to capture for you.


If I don't end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer includes your child's favorite toy into the photographs!


Why Your Child's Pictures Will Become More Valuable To You Than Anything Else In Your Home:


   Do you have a photograph of your child 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 out?  Now, I'm not talking about a "snapshot" that was taken during a family outing in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I'm talking about a wonderful photograph, created by an artistic professional photographer, that not only captures your child's true expressions and personality, but also does so in a way that you'd be proud to display in your home for the rest of your life.


It's 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 child's portrait.  Just take one small step toward holding onto your child's happiest moments RIGHT NOW.


Just Call My Studio, And We'll Chat.   And, If You Decide You Want Me To Create Your Child's Portrait, Save 50% Off Its’ Creation. It's All Up To You.


   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 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!



Once again, 205 750-0222 is the direct phone number to my studio.


The Perfect Portrait Of Your Child 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.






Dale Haverkampf


Tuscaloosa Childrens Photographer


205 750-0222






P.S. - Remember, call me just to chat about children's photography.  If you call within 24 hours and if you choose to have me photograph your child, you will save 50% off the sitting fee for the professional photography session. You've nothing to lose, and so many great memories to gain.  Call my Tuscaloosa, AL photography studio now - no cost, no obligation – 205 750-0222.





Haverkampf Photography And Video

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