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Why should I hire somebody else for my family portraits?

Updated: Sep 7, 2021

I betcha you've heard many times that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Well, this can be true for your portraits too, as long they are of good quality. Which is, believe it or not, quite hard to achieve in portraits. No matter how good your camera is, you will be unlikely to get the perfect result by doing it yourself.

What makes a great image is not only the equipment but who is behind those expensive lenses! Fancy equipment cannot be compared to point and shoot devices. An image is an image and, if this is your goal, probably a modern cell phone can do the job for you, compared to when one's looking for long lasting memories and treasures the moment with enthusiasm and emotions.

There are beautiful and impressive cameras out there but not everyone, who is not deep into the industry, can differentiate a chunky cropped sensor from a full frame camera. Visuals are not everything nowadays...

Whether you are looking to capture a memory from your life or the life of your loved ones, hiring a professional photographer is always the better option to go for, and I am going to introduce you to a few good reasons why.

1. Professional Photographers work with Professional Equipment

When it comes to quality portraits, taking a photo with your camera or phone just won’t cut it. Professional photographers don’t just have professional equipment, but they also know how to get the best out of it. This is because photographers usually have their own specialty that requires diverse equipment. For example, a portrait photographer needs a camera with an extremely high resolution and focusing capability. So they will buy the camera and the editing software to suit their needs and then practice using those until they reach perfection, which isn't an easy task along with all the investment in workshops, classes, webinars, lectures and late hours completing homework and miscellaneous assignments.

2. Your Memories will be more Crystal Clear

A portrait with an intriguing detail is more likely to conjure good memories than a standard, busy, grainy and dull image. Taking portraits isn’t only about standing or putting people in front of the camera, after all. A professional photographer can observe people and find characteristics that can bring a picture to life. The right smile at the right moment can work wonders. Professionals are aware of and know how to manipulate the moment to give you the perfect picture to immortalize every special occasion in your life.

3. They Understand Lighting and even client's moods

Taking a photo is all about capturing the best lighting at not over abuse of clients' time, especially if children is involved and they feel hungry, experience mood changes, want to potty and so many other momentarily factors can come to board.

Also, checking client's best profile is a must to add to a portrait. The more people you add to a portrait, the more the lighting can change. Professional photographers spend hours upon hours practicing their trade to learn what works best in each context and light exposure as well. You won’t have to worry about how you look at different angles and where the lighting is as your photographer will figure out every detail to get the best results. They can also advise you about arranging the best time of the day for taking your portrait to ensure the best lighting. Just trust and enjoy the moment.

4. Mood Boards and Fashion Advice

Professional Photographers might might not be fashion experts, but professional photographers know what clothes, shoe, and accessories combinations work best in photos, considering the occasion and season of the year. They also have an array of other professionals to suggest to help you look your best prior to your session, including hair stylists, beauty salons, color coordinator specialists and even suggest preferred websites for you to get the perfect outfit for your session. Unless this is your unique style, you probably, won’t get clashing colors on family or professional portraits if you listen to your photographer's wardrobe and make up advices. Once they know the colors of the portrait’s setting, photographers can tell you what colors will look the most appealing in contrast with future backgrounds in different seasons of the year. If you are not sure about your background, you can ask your photographer for a bit of advice on that as well, being it handled outdoors, in the comfort of your home or in studio.

5. Professional Photographers Can Edit Pictures

Another great thing about hiring a professional photographer for your portraits is that you will have the opportunity to have your pictures edited properly and not the cheap variety of fake Photoshop editing, found as quick fixes from cell phones, apps and social media. Portrait photographers usually work with, one or more, very sophisticated photo editing software that can fine-tune every little detail in your photo. These software are normally paid monthly and they are part of the many expenses a professional Phothographer carry to maintain and produce through his/her trade.

How would you feel if you hide an unlicensed professional who is not able to remove that huge pimple or blemish that just happened manage to show up on your face the morning of your session? What about not being able to enhance the color of your eyes or soften the deep wrinkle that has bothered you? Bring something particular into focus? Photographers can do that and much more while editing. These are some of the reason why editing is a craft and it requires love, patience, dedication and many hours of post production work to deliver pleasant results to clients.

6. It is worth Every Penny!

Believe me: I have been on your shoes! I also have heard all possible imaginary types of questions and comments about what I do, how I do it and why do I need to spend money in this or that to invest in my knowledge, growth or business, being that my business is so small? Oh well... I have been working in my craft for many years but I made it "formal" only in 2017. Professional photographers truly enjoy their work and they are always happy to do it. Yes, I am not going to deny that their labor will cost you, but you will get quality work in return. They will listen carefully to all the requirements of your wish list, make sure they will attend your expectations to highest level of their current abilities and help you capture the best moments to get the most out of session. They won’t be satisfied with your portrait until you are as well as make sure you won't look like a ghost with weird faces or unexpected non-candid moments.

That's why I am here, as part of this competitive artistic industry, to deliver the most natural and authentic approaches to be treasured for generations to come and tell the legacy of your unique story.

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