My family and I first found out about Sterling Portraits through a charity auction, and we couldn't have had a happier outcome. We had previously purchased several family portrait packages through charity auctions, but had never really pursued them for one reason or another. One reason is that one of our children is severely autistic, so we had almost never been able to have a group portrait taken, and certainly never had a group portrait of the whole family that we could be happy with. Since two members of the family are amateur photographers, we had a very healthy respect for the challenges of doing family photography, and the special challenges of trying to photograph a family member that didn't want to be photographed. Sterling and his team were sensitive, responsive, efficient, yet artistic. Everything Sterling did was done with the greatest care. He scouted out not just our house, for the photoshoot, but also the spots in our house where we planned to put the photos, so that Sterling could could suggest the best formats and arrangements. Sterling and Linda were careful to explain all our different options, and show us different possibilities. We never felt any pressure from Sterling or Linda. The only pressure we felt was from ourselves, because we liked almost everything they showed us. Despite the fact that it happened that our autistic son was very unhappy the day we were able to gather the family for the shoot, Sterling and his assistants worked diligently -- and successfully -- to get the best shots they could. The results were beautiful and moving. Sterling captured us individually, and as a family, as we had never been able to see ourselves before. We were so impressed that we've purchased gift packages for future use. If you're satisfied with the photos you can take with a point-and-shoot and print out on home printer, then I would say Sterling Portraits is not for you. But if you want to see what can be revealed when you and your family are seen through an artist's eyes, then we have no doubt that you will be as awed by Sterling's work as we were. Dr. Barry and Renee Gordon Baltimore, MD
I consulted with Sterling and Linda about taking portraits of me to use on social networking sites, as well as creating a portrait of me for my dad's 75th birthday, as he said that's what he really wanted. As long as we were doing these portraits, we also decided to take some portraits of my three cats. I am thrilled with everything that we did together; they are not only the best pictures ever taken of me, but they are also the first pictures of me that I wasn't embarrassed by! (Doesn't everyone hate how they look in photos?) The portrait I chose for my dad has wowed all my friends I've shown it to, and I can't wait to give it to him this weekend. I know he will love it. The portraits of my cats are works of art, in my mind -- treasures that I will keep forever. When Sterling showed them to me, it was as if I were seeing my cats for the very first time -- they have never looked so beautiful. And every time I look at these portraits, I find something new about my cats that I've never noticed before. I plan to hang them somewhere in my home where I can see and enjoy them every day. I am so pleased with everything we did ... it was worth it.
I have collaborated with Sterling and Linda as their picture framer for the last seven or eight years. I have been a custom framer for over 40 years and have never done framing for a a more gifted photographer. The affection he has for his subjects shows up beautifully in his work. I have framed hundreds of his clients family portraits and often marveled at the light and life he captures in them. He insists that I use only the highest quality materials with archival properties to insure the protection and longevity of the photographs. This involves color-fast matting, acid free mounting and glass that has ultra-violet light filtration and anti-reflective chemistry. The pride he takes in his artistry has always impressed me. Candidly I have to acknowledge that he is quite pleased with his own skills. He is no shrinking violet. With a bit of encouragement he will tell you how his painstaking preparation paves the way for successful portrait sessions. I am pleased to have him and Linda as friends. I always look forward to his visits and seeing his latest work.