If you’ve ever asked yourself why you need to invest in a professional photographer for your wedding, or wondered if it’s even worth it..This article is for you! We’ve all asked this question in many other aspects of our life..”should I invest in a course for my business, should I invest in [insert thing] to better this particular situation?” so I totally get it! So here’s why hiring a professional photographer is super important and needed.
REASON ONE: WE’VE ONLY GOT ONE SHOT
These days, anyone with a smartphone can claim to be a photographer. Anyone can snap a shot at the push of a button, save, and share that image immediately. But this isn’t just about taking a quick snap – this is about taking the right snap. When you’re capturing a special moment, most likely a once-in-a-lifetime moment, never to be recreated again, you don’t want just anyone behind that lens. You want an experienced professional.
Why? Well, when it comes to documenting something very important in your life, you want to be completely sure that when the shutter snaps, the person behind it has done this many times before. A true professional photographer has taken countless photos in different types of lighting circumstances, weather conditions, backgrounds, subjects, and with a multitude of distractions, and yet is still able to deliver a consistent set of photographs.
REASON TWO: IT’S NOT THE CAMERA
A common misconception about photography is that the outcome of an image is dictated by the quality and expense of the equipment taking it. This couldn’t be farther from the truth; in fact, if you gave an experienced photographer a cheap point and shoot camera and an amateur an expensive professional camera like a DSLR, chances are the experienced photographer with the point shoot camera will produce more artistic, pleasing images than the amateur. Great imagery truly has very little to do with the equipment taking it. An experienced photographer’s eye for angles and light will go many times farther in terms of producing an amazing photo than any special kind of equipment. I use my handy dandy Sony a7iii and I’ll be keeping that for a while 🙂 With that being said, it’s the person taking the photo with their knowledge, the equipment with great specs is just a cherry on top.
REASON THREE: IT’S AN ART FORM
When you hire a professional photographer, you’re not just hiring a technician – you’re hiring an artist! Photography can get pretty technical, but in the end, it’s an artform. When you view a photographer’s portfolio online or during an in-person consultation, you’re most likely swooning over their personal style, which has taken them many years, experimentation, and hard to work to perfect.
Unlike just anyone with a smartphone, you can also expect a professional to reproduce this style again for your photos. Only through years of experience can a professional photographer produce a consistent artistic “look”. If you want your images to look like the images you see in a portfolio, your best bet is to hire a professional.
REASON FOUR: IT’S A PROCESS
A truly experienced professional photographer knows that photographing a special event or taking portraits isn’t just about taking pictures; it’s a process. Providing a stress-free, smooth client experience takes time to cultivate. Asking the right questions during an initial consultation to make sure the photographer and client are on the same page is just as important as having technical skills behind the lens.
Professional photographers understand that each client has different goals for their images and are able to tailor their customer service experience as well as actual photographs to clients. Professionals can also confidently offer realistic timeframes for deliverables, offer high-quality photo prints and products that aren’t available to the general public, and can color correct images for printing so they look their absolute best on your wall or in your heirloom photo album that’s crafted to last decades. From an initial consultation all the way to delivering a wall hanging, offering a photography service to clients is a long process that only a professional can deliver well.
Well folks, there you have it. I hope this article helped you gain a little more knowledge on why hiring a professional photographer is needed. Contact me if you still have questions on this or to book me as your wedding photographer! I’m based out on Long Island, NY but can travel anywhere!
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