Filed in HEADSHOTS, PERSONAL BRANDING / July 27, 2022 /
Why hire a professional photographer when you could just snap the pictures you need with your smartphone? Well, professional photographers are paid to do what they do for a reason. There’s a noticeable difference between the images created by a professional and the ones you’ve got on your phone — even if it’s a good quality device, and even if you have an artistic eye.
Your phone is great for documenting daily life and sharing on social media. But for special occasions, or for business purposes, you don’t want to risk ending up with images you don’t love. Here are several reasons why hiring a professional makes sense, presented by Portrait District.
Hiring a professional to take pictures frees you up to do what you need to do.
Whether it’s a family event, a house sale, or a business shoot, there are probably a number of things you need to be doing other than taking pictures. Do you want to miss out on important moments at a wedding or birthday because you were stuck behind the camera? Additionally, if you’re too busy trying to document the day, you may be neglecting other obligations. Or, if you’re in the middle of trying to sell your home, you may not have the time to put together optimal images that will attract viewers to your home. If you’re launching a company, you probably don’t have the time to capture and edit photos for your website that will make your business shine.
A professional photographer knows how to capture a great shot.
Sometimes, you may have a great idea in your head of how a picture will turn out — but then the reality leaves much to be desired. This is because most of us simply don’t know what works and doesn’t work when it comes to poses, angles, lighting, and perspective. You can save a lot of time and avoid the embarrassment of awkward shots if you simply have a professional photographer such as Portrait District take your pictures for you. They will make their subject look their best, naturally, without adding unnecessary artificial edits or filters.
In addition to knowing how to get the best shot, a professional knows when to get the shot. Timing is critical, and by having the expertise in capturing authentic connections the pro is able to judge the optimal moment to shoot.
A photographer has the equipment to make it work.
No matter how state-of-the-art your phone camera is, it simply cannot compare with the equipment a professional photographer has. And this equipment really makes a difference when it comes to capturing certain shots. You’ve probably discovered that it’s impossible to capture certain moments — panoramas, or the moon rising over the trees — in a way that completely does the sight justice. That’s because you need the right lens to capture certain scenes or images. And no matter how advanced your smartphone’s camera settings are, they simply can’t compete with the resolution offered by an expensive high-end camera.
A photographer can put it all together for you.
You probably are looking for more than just a series of pictures. You may need to put them together in an online gallery, turn them into prints or posters, frame them, or even create a video collage. Talk to your photographer about your needs beyond simply capturing the perfect images. If you are selling your home, for instance, you want to put together a virtual open house or 3D tour so that potential buyers can experience your home without having to do a physical walkthrough.
Good photos are works of art.
Photography is categorized as an art form. You may not realize why, if you think it’s just a matter of pointing and clicking, but what a professional does is far more than that. A good photographer will consider elements such as composition, symmetry, the emotions conveyed, and even the story that is being told. And yes, when you showcase images on your business site, your home listing, or to commemorate an event, you are telling a story. Your photographer will make sure you are telling the story you want to tell, in a way that will captivate an audience.
A good photographer will happily work with you through every stage of the process, from capturing the content you want to ensuring that the photographic aesthetic matches your personality and brand, to finalizing edits to suit your needs. For artistic, personalized, family photography services, get in touch with Lisa at Portrait District today.
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