Today, it seems like everyone carries a camera around in their pocket. Smartphones are getting better and better, allowing parents to capture those amazing moments with their kids in ways that they never have before. That doesn’t mean, however, that professional children’s photographers are obsolete. In fact, there are many reasons to hire a professional children’s photographer, whether you’re documenting an important milestone or simply capturing photos of your children exactly as they are today.
1. Professional photographers see things differently.
Professional photographers are artists. We look through the lenses of our cameras at a different world: one that is made up of color, and shapes, and important moments. We see the brilliant blue of your son’s eyes or the gorgeous quirk of your daughter’s smile, and we aim to bring out those important details in our pictures.
As a professional photographer, I see your kids in a way that you, as the parent, might never get to see them. I imagine poses and backdrops that help shape the way I photograph your children—and create images that you might never have imagined when you were standing behind your camera phone. When you hire me, you get all the benefits of that unique worldview directed straight at your kids—and you’ll fall in love with the results.
2. Professional equipment makes a big difference.
It’s true that your camera phone can do a lot of amazing things. What it can’t do, however, is duplicate the effects that I can get with a professional quality camera. Professional photography equipment is far more advanced than smartphone technology when it comes to working in low light settings. It’s also much better at capturing still images from wiggly little people who struggle to sit still long enough for us to complete the photo session. Sure, your camera phone can capture great things; but chances are, it’s just not going to produce the same quality images that you’ll get from a professional.
3. You want to celebrate your milestone perfectly.
As a professional photographer, I understand just how important it is to capture big moments and showcase them beautifully. If your little one is heading toward a big milestone, it should be captured and cherished for your, and their lifetimes.. I’ll get some amazing pictures—often of things you didn’t even realize could look so exquisite.
4. You can get incredible wall art out of a professional session.
There’s nothing quite like having a stunning picture of your children to hang over the sofa or a series of images to turn into a collage in the dining room. Those pictures catch the eye and invite you to recall those precious memories while encouraging guests to take a look at some of those great moments. If you want wall art, however, chances are, your phone’s camera just isn’t going to cut it. Most of the time, those images aren’t a high enough resolution to turn them into large prints. Even if you try, the images often turn out grainy and unfocused, which isn’t the effect you want from your wall art! I also offer master retouching so those big portraits on your wall will look perfect!
5. Experience can completely transform your pictures.
Have you ever tried to capture the picture that you saw on Pinterest or to recreate one that you saw on a friend’s Facebook page after her photographer posted it online? Chances are, you were unsuccessful in truly recreating the picture you fell in love with. Sure, it was probably “close enough,” but chances are, it failed to really meet your expectations.
That’s where experience comes in.
Thanks to experience and training, I have a good idea of how to change a pose to make it match the vision you have in your head. Not only that, I can tell when the lighting is right or quickly judge what angle is necessary to get the perfect shot. Exposure and focus all matter, too—and those aren’t just difficult to judge from a camera phone, they may be impossible to create if you don’t already know what you’re doing.
When you hire me, you don’t just get my equipment and my presence; you also get over 25 years of experience. I want to help you capture the stunning pictures you’re imaging, not get a “close enough” version that you will stick up on Facebook for a few days before forgetting all about it.
6. Professional-quality editing brings new life to your images.
There’s a stain on the front of your daughter’s dress that you didn’t notice until it was in just the right light—but of course, it shows in every single picture.
Your son has a distracting scratch on his face from his last soccer game, and there’s absolutely no hiding it.
Your preteen has blemishes just starting to make an appearance, and she’s so embarrassed by them that she won’t let you post any of the pictures of her.
Sound familiar? Often, we try not to let those little things detract from the quality of those perfect family photos. Unfortunately, all too often, it’s the little things that have the power to ruin them, taking over your mind every time you look at those pictures and leaving you disappointed in your session. The solution? Professional editing, which comes hand in hand with your professional photography session.
Often, a little retouching can be the difference between a photo session you love and one that ends in disappointment. Other times, we can create completely new images by combining pictures, turning your family memories into something stunning. A few basic photoshop skills aren’t enough. As a professional photographer, I spend more time editing than I do taking pictures—and that experience will show in your finished photos, too.
7. You’ll get amazing pictures of your children.
Here’s the thing: when it comes to hiring a professional children’s photographer, ultimately, you’ll get amazing pictures of your kids.
You’ll get pictures that showcase their personalities. Their quirks. That natural spark and spunk that you love so much. You’ll get pictures that show exactly who your children are.
Children are only little for a very little while. Each stage of their lives seems to disappear in the blink of an eye, leaving you wondering where it all went. How do you want to remember those precious days?
Do you want blurry camera phone pictures that are half out of focus? Or do you want gorgeous, professional-quality photos that you can hang on your wall and enjoy as your children grow older?
Do you want amateur pictures taken when you remembered to pull out your camera, or do you want professional photos that are deliberately scheduled so that you’ll have time to capture your children exactly as they are in this stage of life?
If you’re ready to schedule a professional photo session with your children, contact me. I’d love to help you capture these precious memories in a way that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.