Have you ever wondered why certain photos look better than others? A lot goes into creating a great photo that the average person might not realize. Photography is more than just clicking a shutter on a camera.
When it comes to capturing a specific moment in time (maybe one that is once in a lifetime!), it’s important to get it right so that you can have quality, timeless images to look back on for many decades to come.
No matter how good your camera is, it’s difficult to achieve the results you’re wanting if you try to do it by yourself. Whether you are looking to capture a memory from your life such as a graduation, family portraits, or for professional purposes, hiring a professional photographer is always the best option.
Today we are sharing 6 reasons why you should hire a professional photographer to take your portraits.
1. Start With Proper Foundation
The first step to great photographs is quality, professional grade equipment. The second step, and most importantly, is knowing how to use them. Having the right equipment, lenses, lighting, and editing software is integral to achieving top-grade images that will bring your vision to life. High-quality images are also needed for prints. If you’re wanting an album or canvas cluster, professional photography is the way to go to maintain the integrity of the image.
2. Details Make a Difference
Hiring a professional photographer gives you the advantage of having someone else see your vision and can help execute it by giving an outside perspective. Trained photographers have spent years making sure all the small details are looking good, from a hair out of place, to a strap showing, etc. These may not be things that the untrained eye looks for. They can look for those perfectly unperfect candid moments and catch an authentic smile or loving glance. They know how to make you feel comfortable and bring out true emotions during your session. Portraits are so much more than just standing and being in front of the camera! Professional photographers can truly bring a picture to life.
3. They Get All Your “Good Angles”
The right lighting and correct posing can make or break a photo, especially for portraits! You want to be able to clearly see the subject(s). Whether your portrait is taking place indoors or outdoors, lighting is key to beautiful image. Professional photographers know what time of day is best to shoot at, and they know the proper settings to achieve the kind of style you’re looking for.
Posing plays a huge role in how much you will love your photos too! If you are self-conscious about anything, you can explain that to your photographer and they will adjust their lighting and posing according to your specific requests. They should know what angles to shoot at, what direction you should face, and be able to give you specific guided notes during your shoot to help you look your absolute best.
4. They Offer More Services Than Just Photography
Photographers that have been in the business for several years can be even more beneficial after you hire them! Most can also provide great wardrobe and styling advice as they know what looks best on camera, what colors go together, and can help coordinate your outfits to your location so that you stand out. This is really helpful with family portraits as you want to make sure the overall look is cohesive. They can also help guide you on what colors, silhouettes, and prints look best on each person so that you look as flattering as possible. Typically, they also work with talented hair and makeup artists that can pamper and groom you on the day of your shoot so that you won’t have to stress about finding or hiring one on your own.
5. What Happens After the Session Matters
So, your photos have been taken…now what? If you hired a professional photographer, they should have communicated when you’ll be getting your photos and what products are included in your purchase. Typically, photos can take a few weeks to edit, and then it takes an additional couple of weeks for any albums or products to arrive. Do you know the quality of the products you are getting? Professionals often have established relationships with the very best printing companies to give you top-notch albums and canvases. You don’t want to leave your images with just anyone…A qualified and trusted photographer will ensure your photos are backed up, professionally edited, and offers excellent customer service and timely delivery.
6. You Get What You Pay For
The old saying is true! Professional photographers enjoy their craft and have spent many years perfecting it, which will reflect on the quality of your portrait photos. The price you pay is for their years of expertise, quality equipment, professional edits, and so much more! They will listen carefully to all your requests, make sure your vision is achieved, and help you capture the very best moments to get the most out of each portrait session.
By now, we hope that you understand why hiring a professional photographer to take your portraits has many benefits. Don’t be initially discouraged by the cost, as many offer more comprehensive packages that include session fees, products, professional hair and makeup, and more! Think of this as an investment in your memories. Many, many years from now, you will be much happier to know that you hired a professional portrait photographer!
If this blog has changed your mind and you’d like to book your portrait session with me, I still have two available slots for my Sunflower Mini Sessions! This would be the perfect backdrop for any type of portrait session: family, branding, senior, and more!