When you hire a professional photographer, you aren’t just hiring someone with an expensive camera. You are hiring someone who knows how to make you, your children, or family look awesome. They use an artistic eye, have the ability to put the subject at ease, and the technical skill to give you an image that everyone will notice. Artistic vision and the ability to “see” the image helps a photographer craft memorable images vs. snapshots.
As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for,” and paying for a professional photographer will bring you custom crafted images you’ll be proud to display and share for years to come.
So what exactly are you paying for? And why does is it seem so much more expensive than the snapshots you can pick up at the local drugstore? Simply put, you’re not just paying for a copy of a photograph, you’re paying for the time and expertise that comes with creating the image itself.
When you hire me, this is what I provide you:
Besides the time working at the session, there is an additional minimum of 10+ hours of behind-the-scenes work that you do not see.
- Travel to and from the session
- 1 hour for setup, preparation, talking to the client, etc.
- 1 to 5 hours of actual shooting
- 1 to 2 hours to upload and backup photos onto a computer
- 8 to 16 hours (or more) of Photoshop time that includes choosing which of the sometimes hundreds of photos to move into the editing phase. Editing those photos requires color correction, contrasting, toning, sharpening, retouching and cropping. Finally each copy of the edited photos must be saved in multiple locations. (If your gallery includes technically difficult shots, i.e. baby hanging from a tree branch or prop, posing sitting up, etc., then even more time is needed to make the images come out perfect.)
- 4 to 6 hours to set up the online gallery and process any requests from the client for further retouching. Then a final check for quality before preparing the images for print, canvas or other medium. Last, but not least, carefully packaging and shipping all products.
As you can see, the time spent for one session can range from 16 – 28+ hours; professional photography is both time and labor intensive.
Newborn Handling & Posing Safety: One of the most important qualifications for a newborn photographer is her ability and experience in handling a newborn and posing them safely. You are handing over your brand new baby to me to hold, soothe, and pose in and on props. You need to trust that I know what I’m doing. I have years of experience in soothing and calming babies from nannying and helping friends and family with their babies–a skill that is necessary for a successful session. I am also experienced in posing babies in ways that always guarantees their safety as well as safely placing babies in variety of popular poses using a various props.
Experience: Professional photographers will know exactly how to capture the very best images. Not only do they know how to use their camera to get the proper exposure, focus and composition, they also know how to light and pose their subjects so they look their best in each photograph. In addition, they must have people skills, be able to communicate and help their subjects feel comfortable in front of the camera. They have an artistic eye to compose distinctive images and enhance them with professional photo-editing software. As a professional photographer, I know the importance of my job in capturing quality images for you and therefore commit the money and countless hours in continuing education to perfect my skill. I am a proud member of the Professional Photographers of America.
Equipment: To give you professional quality images, I use professional-grade equipment—Canon cameras, Canon/Sigma lenses, studio lighting, computers and Adobe Photoshop. Although today’s digital cameras are very good, consumer cameras do not match the quality of a professional camera. In addition, I stock quality props such as blankets, hats, baskets, buckets, wraps and backdrops to ensure a wide variety of beautiful set-ups to suit your style.
Consistency: One way to differentiate an amateur from a professional is the consistency of their work. An amateur photographer’s portfolio may show nice images, but those images are a compilation of one or two accidentally good images from many sessions. The professional will show quality images consistently in both their portfolio AND recent work. If you hire an amateur to shoot your session, you accept the risk that there may only be one or two good images from your session vs. the 20-30 great images that I will provide in your gallery. Why hire a professional photographer? When you hire me, you buy the assurance that your images will be high quality and the peace of mind that your special moment is captured perfectly before it is lost in time.
Interested in booking a session? Have more questions? Please contact me.