Why use a professional photographer

In this digital age, everyone is a photographer. Whether they are using the latest iPhone, or an expensive DSLR, the skills of a professional photographer are often ignored, many times until it’s too late.  How many couples have entrusted their wedding photographs to a friend or a cousin with a good camera because they offered to do it for free, only to regret it later. You don’t get that day or those precious moments back.

The same goes for portrait photographs, whether it be of your newborn, toddler, or just a few friends wanting to cherish their friendship, why not use a professional photographer?

How to choose the right photographer

  • Choose someone who is a professional with a portfolio you like.
  • Chat to the photographer first, explain the style of photographs you want and just get to know them. If you don’t feel comfortable with them, that will show in the photos so it’s best to choose another photographer at this point.
  • Discuss the price before and paying a booking fee. This will ensure you are fully aware of any ‘hidden’ costs and you go in knowing how much your photos will cost should you choose to have them printed.

There are so many benefits to using a professional photographer:

Proper equipment
Using the correct camera, lens and lighting, with an appropriate backdrop is critical for good results. The same applies to an outdoor photoshoot. The photographer will know the right spots to ensure the sun isn’t in your eyes, or you’ve not got a huge shadow across your face.

Proper look
A professional will give you suggestions on what to wear and what not to wear. Wearing solid colours works far better than stripes and patterns for example, and doesn’t date as quickly. They can also advise on hair and makeup and even arrange a professional hair and makeup artist should you require one.

Model direction (poses!)
Following a pre photoshoot chat, your photographer will already have an idea on the look and feel of the photoshoot. They can gently suggest poses for you and/or others into the right positions, often making posed photographs look natural.

Post production
Now your memories have been captured, the photographer needs to do some retouching. This could be minor imperfections such as a flyaway hair, or a complete face swap should there be a blink in a group shot. The photographer will also make colour adjustments and any other blemish removal previously requested. This is usually where the photographer spends most of their time and they can easily spend 6-10 hours for a photoshoot or several days for a wedding – can an amateur afford to spend this much time making your images look perfect?

Value for money
Using a professional photographer is not something you do every day, but when you do you’ll be glad you decided to capture this time in your life properly. Try not to think of it as a waste of money, but an investment in a memory. Walking away with a beautiful framed photograph, or acrylic or canvas piece, means you can appreciate the moment for a lifetime, and family and friends can also enjoy them when they visit your home. To break it down, if you spend just £500 on wall art for your home you will see these images every day. Even if you keep the images up for just 5 years (let’s face it you will likely keep them much longer!) it would equate to only 27p a day. Far less than a cup of coffee or even a lot of newspapers! In these digital times, it’s easy to just store photos on your phones and computers, but it’s the printed photographs and wall pieces that will stand the test of time and add value to your home. These will stand out from the thousands of Facebook and Instagram shots you already have.