Top Reasons to Hire a Professional Photographer
While many of us have access to high-quality cameras, the role of the professional photographer in today’s world is as important as ever. Things like lighting, multiple lenses, experience and editing software, liability insurance are all part of a professional photographer’s toolkit that go beyond the skills of the hobby photographer. Hiring a professional to capture life’s big moments – such as graduations, weddings, or selling your home – can allow you to be ‘in’ the experience more fully, rather than stressing about how to get all the photos you want. Here’s what to consider when deciding whether to hire a professional photographer for your next event.
The right equipment
Most professional photographers have high-end equipment that is more finely tuned than amateur camera equipment. From an assortment of specialized lenses and lighting props to sophisticated editing software, it’s a kit that very few novices have the time or funds to accumulate. For example, camera lenses that reduce distortion and create shots that require minimal editing would cost a fortune if you were to buy them yourself. A photographer’s professional toolkit allows them to create images beyond what a point and click camera can achieve.
A wealth of experience
However, it’s not all about the camera, and an expensive photography kit can’t make up for a lack of experience. A professional photographer must know how to properly use their equipment to capture your vision. You’re paying for that experience. During a family event, you want someone who is familiar enough with the gear to make quick, seamless adjustments to lighting changes instead of fumbling with lenses and camera settings.
Beyond technical knowledge, professional photographers bring their artistic experience – their own unique sense of timing, composition, lighting, and angles – that is born from their background and preferences. Consider looking through any potential photographer’s portfolio of work before hiring them, and if their artistic eye is a good match with yours, you’re in luck!
The stakes can be high
When it comes to something like selling your home, photographs can have the power to make or break a sale, especially now that remote viewings and purchases are becoming more common. Photographers who specialize in real estate photography partner closely with realtors and have a clear understanding of what does or doesn’t work. When staging a home for a photoshoot, it is often the photographer who understands which items to remove (such as family photos and memorabilia) in order to depersonalize your home (without taking it too far).
The stakes are also high during big life events, such as a wedding or graduation, because timing is everything. You won’t get a second chance to re-do photos that didn’t quite turn out right. Most photographers have experience in the arts of posing and finding flattering angles, as well as putting people who are camera shy at ease. You won’t have to be responsible for gathering and positioning family members into configurations that may or may not look good. Instead, you can just enjoy the day.
Whether you need to photograph your home, family event, or even your small business, hiring a professional photographer takes the burden off you to fulfill that role. A professional photographer’s equipment, knowledge and experience all combine to create images with a special ‘wow’ factor. Hiring a photographer to create art out of your event is an investment that will be well worth it in the end, because you can sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself knowing that your photos will come out great.
For all your major life events, turn to Masserman Photography to capture beautiful and compelling photos that will make your memories last forever!
Contributing writer: Suzie Wilson, Happierhome.net