When you’re considering a photo shoot – be it for corporate/business reasons, or personal ones – you’ve only got one shot at getting the right photographer for the job. There may be benefits to having an intern or “friend of a friend” do it, but you may get what you pay for. Professional photographers can bring experience, education, and a commitment to excellence that your “friend” probably doesn’t have. Here are 5 very good reasons to hire a professional photographer for your next photo shoot.
Education or training –
Most professional photographers have some education or training. They know how to set up shots. They can deal with any type of lighting. They can create the kind of candid shots that you might want. They’ve either trained in an art or photography program, or they’ve apprenticed until another pro. They know their stuff, and it shows.
Interest in you –
A pro will sit down and get to know you. He will want to know your style, your needs, your wants when it comes to the photos of your event. He will need to know your personality, so as to best capture it. And he’ll want to do what YOU want him to do, to get the shots you want. Expect a pre-shoot appointment to discuss all that goes into your photo shoot, before the camera ever comes out of the bag, or anyone says “Cheese”.
Quality equipment –
While not every professional photographer can afford to have the latest, greatest equipment available in the world of professional photography, it’s a good bet that every one of them has the best they can, and they know how to use it, too. A professional digital SLR outfit, lights, backdrops – whatever it is that your shoot calls for – will be on hand, and in the hands, of your photographer.
Artistic vision –
Each photographer has his or her own style and artistic preferences. And they can bring those preferences and visions to bear in your photos. They can often “see” the shot before they snap it, or even line it up. This internal eye can help create unforgettable photos that will be unique and different. Don’t forget, many professional photographers were trained in art schools and programs. They can bring an artistic flair to your photos, as well as a well-trained eye, that will create photos you’ll treasure forever.
Post Processing Abilities –
Your professional photographer has more than just PhotoShop at his fingertips. He will also have high quality processing software and printing equipment, in addition to his high-end camera and other items. Your prints will be blemish-free, distortion-free, and “touched up” to correct hue, lighting, exposure and anything else that may be a bit off. Your prints will have a professional finish, and custom look.
Professional photographers are an investment in value. You’ll value your photos for years to come when you hire a professional to handle them. After all, as we said in the intro, you only get one shot to find someone to take the best shots.