Updated: Jul 1, 2019
REASON ONE: WE’VE ONLY GOT ONE SHOT
These days, anyone with a smartphone can claim to be a photographer.
Anyone can snap a shot at the push of a button, save, and share that
image immediately. But this isn’t just about taking a quick snap - this is
about taking the right snap. When you’re capturing a special moment, most
likely a once-in-a-lifetime moment, never to be recreated again, you don’t
want just anyone behind that lens. You want an experienced professional.
Why? Well, when it comes to documenting something very important in
your life, you want to be completely sure that when the shutter snaps, the
person behind it has done this many times before. A true professional
photographer has taken countless photos in a vast array of lighting
circumstances, weather conditions, backgrounds, subjects, and with a
multitude of distractions, and yet is still able to deliver a consistent set of
REASON TWO: IT’S NOT THE CAMERA
A common misconception about photography is that the outcome of an
image is dictated by the quality and expense of the equipment taking it.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth; in fact, if you gave an experienced
photographer a pinhole camera and an amateur an expensive digital setup,
chances are the experienced photographer with the pinhole camera will
produce more artistic, pleasing images than the amateur. Great imagery
truly has very little to do with the equipment taking it. An experienced
photographer’s eye for angles and light will go many times father in terms
of producing an amazing image than any special kind of equipment.
REASON THREE: IT’S AN ART FORM
When you hire a professional photographer, you’re not just hiring a
technician - you’re hiring an artist! Photography can get pretty technical, but
in the end, it’s an artform. When you view a photographer’s portfolio online
or during an in-person consultation, you’re most likely swooning over their
personal style, which has taken them many years, experimentation, and
hard to work to perfect.
Unlike just anyone with a smartphone, you can also expect a professional
to reproduce this style again for your images. Only through years of
experience can a professional photographer produce a consistent artistic
“look”. If you want your images to look like the images you see in a
portfolio, your best bet is to hire a professional.
REASON FOUR: THE EXPERIENCE MATTERS
A truly experienced professional photographer knows that photographing a
special event or taking portraits isn’t just about taking pictures; it’s a
process. Providing a stress-free, smooth client experience takes time to
cultivate. Asking the right questions during an initial consultation to make
sure the photographer and client are on the same page is just as important
as having technical skills behind the lens. Additionally, a great
photographer has experience with interior design and can take
photographs with the end product in mind, whether that’s a large wall
hanging for your living room or a coffee table look-book for guests to enjoy
when they visit your home.
Professional photographers understand that each client has different goals
for their images and are able to tailor their customer service experience as
well as actual photographs to clients. Professionals can also confidently
offer realistic time-frames for deliverables, offer high-quality photo prints and
products that aren’t available to the general public, and can color correct
images for printing so they look their absolute best on your wall or in your
heirloom photo album that’s crafted to last decades. From an initial
consultation all the way to delivering a wall hanging, offering a photography
service to clients is a long process that only a professional can deliver well.