Why choose a professional photographer?
These days it seems as if everyone with a DSLR camera can take a photograph and pop it on to Facebook. What follows is a procession of family and friends complimenting that person’s photographs and suddenly they’re photographer.
Why would you then pay a professional photographer to take portrait photos of yourself rather than rely on your friend and their camera? After all, their photographs looked great on their Facebook profile.
There are many reasons why a professional photographer is a better option.
When you commission a professional photographer, you are not just paying for the final product, the photographs. You are paying for their time – and not just the time they spend with you on the day, but the time fotografia professional they have invested in themselves to get to the level that they are. You are paying for their training, their equipment, their know-how and ability to not just take an image, but to make you look at your best in that image. To frame, compose and expose it correctly – not just lit by the sun, but rim light or back light. You’re paying for their experience, their ability to make you feel at ease, relax and just be yourself.
They will advise you on what to wear to make sure you look your best, and perhaps more importantly, advise you on what NOT to wear.
It’s also true to say that while a photograph is taken on the day of the shoot, that’s not where it ends. Before a professional photographer will give you the final product, they would have reviewed, sorted, edited and enhanced those photos to ensure that every last detail is perfect. And I don’t mean “red-eye correction” – a professional photographer wouldn’t have made that error in the first place. Part of the fee you are paying is to pay for the time of the photographer in post-production, creating a product for you that is not just a photograph, but a timeless memory and experience.
Yes, there are no doubt cheaper – even free – methods of taking those photos. But the odd adage of “you get what you pay for” rings true in photography. Not everyone knows what makes a great photograph, but everyone can recognise a poor photograph.
So before you ask your sister’s boyfriend to take a photo of you in his mom’s front garden, consider what a professional photographer might be able to offer you. And you may be surprised at the cost too!